Ginger Sponge Cake(!!!)

It’s no secret that I love The Hairy Bikers–I’ve done their Hungarian Goulash and Faschierter Rahmbraten in the past and gobbled up both recipes.

Last week on their second season of “Mums Know Best” they did a yummy looking ginger sponge cake that I was just dying to try.  And what a better day than this to try a warm, soulful, scrummy dessert to have with a cup of coffee?  It’s a gloomy, misty old day with a fog that still hasn’t lifted even now at 4 in the afternoon.

Now for the recipe.  The original can be found on the BBC website however I did doctor mine a tiny bit!


  • 200g/7oz self-raising flour
  • 200g/7oz sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves (my addition!  I’m addicted to cloves… I even put it on my oatmeal!)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 55g/2oz margarine, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 240ml/9fl oz hot water

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350FGas 4. Grease and line a 28cm x 18cm/11in x 7in baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub the margarine in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg, syrup and hot water and mix well with a wooden spoon until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 35–40 minutes, or until golden-brown and the top is springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin. Once cool, cut into squares.

Oh man… my co-workers are going to love me tomorrow!


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PS – I may have been listening to The Backstreet Boys’ Greatest Hits album while making this.  I might not have.  You’ll never know!


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