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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Ginger Ring Cake

A birthday comes but once a year and deserves to be celebrated . . . even if you are on the downslide towards 60. Yes, today I turn 56. I am now officially closer to 60 than I am 50 . . .

As sad as that might be . . . I still gotta celebrate! And that means cake. In the past I have made delicious creations such as . . .

Raspberry Celebration Cake
A beautiful victorian style sponge, chock full of fresh raspberries and filled with buttercream and raspberry jam . . . and a drizzle icing on top

Lemon Pound Cake with a Blueberry Sauce
A lovely buttery cake with full on lemon flavour a scrummy icing and then a beautiful blueberry compote.

Chocolate Lamington Cake

Oy!! Chocolate and Cream! Need I say more???

This year I decided to treat myself to a beautiful ginger cake. This is my friend Carolyn's recipe which she so generously gave to me. She served it at the Relief Society lunch we had the other weekend and I fell in love with it.

You know how much I love, Love, LOVE ginger!!! (So does Todd, so it's win/win!)

This is moist and spicy, with a lot of ginger heat and then the sweet spiced flavour of mixed spice. (There is a recipe for mixed spice in the right hand side column of this page).

But not only that . . . it is stogged full of candied cherries and ginger pieces . . . such a delightful surprise.

Topped with a runny drizzle and more candied ginger it's just a lovely cake. Moist. Spicy. Rich.

Dig out your prettiest pan for this one! It's a keeper. I have an idea this is one that will taste even better tomorrow, that's if there's any left! Anyhooo . . . Happy Birthday to me!

*Ginger Ring Cake*
makes one ring shaped cake
(or one small bundt cake)
Printable Recipe

This is lovely and moist and just spicy enough! I love that it has cherries and candied ginger in it. That makes it all the scrummier!

100g of butter, softened (7 TBS)
125g of golden caster sugar (2/3 cup)
100g treacle (1/3 cup molasses)
1 large free range egg
225g self raising flour (a generous 1 1/2 cups)
3 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice (see recipe for mixed spice in the right hand column of my page)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175ml of milk (2/3 cup)
100g chopped candied cherries (1/2 cup)
100g chopped candied ginger (1/2 cup)
Runny Icing to top as well as more chopped candied Ginger

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Grease and flour a ring shaped cake tin, or a medium sized bundt pan. Set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar and treacle until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with dry. Fold in the cherries and ginger. Spoon into the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until well risen and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Once completely cold, place onto a plate and ice with a drizzeable icing and decorate with some more candied ginger.


  1. Hey- happy birthday!...dont are not alone...I am at the big 56 also next week...ummm..think you are older then me! lol..if I was there we would drink wine and eat cake for sure! Wishing u many blessings.. :)

  2. Happy Birthday Wishes from me!

  3. Happy Birthday Marie,, oh happy day!! Eat cake and celebrate!! This looks very ymmy,, I wish for happiness and good health in this next year of your journey!

  4. Happy Birthday! Have a fantastic day! Mind you with cake like that it will be hard not to ;0)
    PS - Love the lamington cake too!

  5. Happy Birthday, Marie! Enjoy every minute and every bite. Age doesn't matter. xo Jenny

  6. Sending the happiest birthday wishes your way, Marie!
    The ginger cake is very pretty. I don't have a Bundt pan and now I must get one so I can bake this : )

  7. Wonderful choice, oh sooo good... I love the dense deliciousness and spice in this cake... mmm... I don't have a Bundt pan though, don't have those here, will need to think of something else to use... LOL! Happy Birthday, dear friend! Wish we could be there to celebrate :o) LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  8. Many Happy Returns of the Day!

  9. Happy Birthday Marie! Wishing happiness, health and lots of new creative scrumptious ideas to share with the world! Make the very best of this special day! Lots of love.

  10. Well a very happy birthday to you! and what a delicious looking cake! Perfect for celebrating!~

  11. Again..happy Birthday.. I am older than you:) you're not that old!:)

    Great cakes..comme toujours..

  12. Veryvery Happy Birthday indeed :) I hope you have the most lovely of days. Im sure that amazing looking cake will help the day along greatly! I love the look of all of the above b'day cakes but this one i think is the winner so far, gorgeous :)

  13. Ah, but how unfair! Todd should have made the cake for you! :) Happy Birthday! The goatmother is gaining weight just reading your blog.

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  15. Hi Marie, The desserts look amazing, do you mail them? I noticed you called for various candied fruits a few times. If you would like to help out your readers, let them know they can purchase them online at


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