Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing Glaze

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! 

I know I'm late but I hope you all had an amazing Christmas. I just spent my day at home with my family - a lot of cooking, watching TV and sleeping but hey that's what it's all about. I'd been looking for some Christmas food recipes to try out and when I found this on BBC Food I was like *drools* I had to adapt the recipe a little bit because not all the ingredients were available here but here's what I used:

For the cake:
225g butter, room temperature
225g light brown sugar
225g maple syrup
225g black treacle
225g white self-raising flour, sifted
225g bran self-raising flour, sifted
6 tsp ginger powder
2tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 eggs
300ml soy milk

For the orange icing:
Icing sugar
1 orange, juice and zest

1. Lightly grease your cake tin in butter and preheat over to160C (325F or Gas 3) 

2. Place the butter, sugar, golden syrup and black treacle into a pan and heat gently until the mixture has melted evenly. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Sift the flours, ground ginger and stem ginger into a large mixing bowl and mix gently. Pour the cooled butter mixture into the flour. Add the eggs and milk and beat with a wooden spoon until well combined.

4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and level the surface with a palette knife or the back of a spoon. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the cake has risen and is golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Set aside to cool slightly in the tin, then transfer the cake to a wire rack and set aside to cool completely.

5. Meanwhile, for the orange icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add about two tablespoons of the orange juice and mix to a smooth paste. Add more orange juice, as necessary, until you get a smooth icing of the consistency you desire.

6. Pour the icing over the cooled cake and spread lightly, allowing it to ooze over the edges. Sprinkle over chopped orange zest and set the cake aside until the icing has set. 

Honestly, my icing was way too runny and I definitely didn't have enough orange zest but for a first attempt I was really happy with the way it tasted. Its delicious!

What did you make for Christmas?



  1. Yummy Yummy, I should try this! Nice Blog btw :)


    1. Thank you so much! Let me know how yours turns out x

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