I have been ultra busy in the kitchen this week! I love French Macaroons and decided to give them a go this week, to cut a long story short I had two total disasters! They are very hard to make in my opinion but I am not beaten yet! Anyway moving on, after the two macaroon meltdowns I decided to give another recipe that I have always wanted to try a go, Ginger Sponge Cake. I absolutely love the warm taste and smell of ginger and have only ever really used it to make gingerbread men. Ginger sponge is one of my favourite cakes so here is my attempt!
200g/ 7oz Self Raising Flour
200g/ 7oz Light Brown Soft Sugar
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
55g/ 2oz Margarine
1 Egg, beaten
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
240ml/ 9fl oz Hot Water
1. Pre heat the oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas Mark 4 then grease and line your tin.
2. Mix the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl then rub the margarine into the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Next add the beaten egg, golden syrup and water and mix well until all of the ingredients have combined.
4. Poor the mixture into you tin and onto the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until the cake is golden and springy to touch.
5. Remove the cake from the oven and leave in the tin to cool.
And there you have it! A tasty, moist ginger sponge cake that is extra nice with some custard or cream. The recipe is so simple and easy to make and doesn't require too many ingredients. I found this recipe on BBC Food. As you can see by the above picture my cake is round instead of square/ rectangular as it's the only tin I have! It worked out OK though. Give it a go everyone!