You know it’s close to Christmas when the kitchen smells of sugar and spice. For me, Christmas isn’t the same without a gingerbread cake. There is something about opening the oven door and letting the smells of sweet golden syrup and ginger waft through the house. I love the warmth this joyful delight brings to this special time of the year. A generous piece smeared with butter is a celebration in itself.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup golden syrup

Icing (Optional):

  • 225g cream cheese (1 packet)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line 2 tins approximately 9×5 inches or 1 large loaf tin.
  2. In a large bowl sift flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, mixed spice, salt and sugar.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, add the eggs alternating with the milk until well combined.
  4. Melt the butter and golden syrup into a medium saucepan and stir over low heat until butter is melted.
  5. Pour into the bowl and fold in the mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour into tins/tin and cook for approximately 1 hour or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  7. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
  8. For the icing, mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  9. Decorate cake with icing and enjoy!

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missemzyy xox

December 5, 2013
December 5, 2013

Missemzyy

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