Michael’s Ginger Cake

Easy recipe for a delicious, moist, fruity Ginger Cake, perfect on its own or with vanilla ice cream.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Ginger Cake
Michael’s Ginger Cake

My father in law, Michael, celebrated his 77th birthday last week and when asked what sort of cake he’d like, he had some pretty clear ideas about what was going into that cake tin! Let me see, he wanted it moist, dense, fruity and definitely gingery! To him, if it hasn’t got ginger, it’s not good enough!

This is what we came up with, a moist, dense, very gingery cake, with enough baking powder to give it just a hint of bounce. You can vary the amount of fruit and ginger slightly without affecting the final result and most certainly the type of fruit and ginger.

Handy Hints for getting the best out of this Ginger Cake

Ginger – when baking with ginger, to me, nothing compares to the sweet and spicy that stem ginger in syrup adds to the flavour profile. Chop the ginger up into your desired size, I placed them in a copper and went for fine for a more homogenous flavour. Use the syrup as part of the liquid the recipe calls for or at the very least, use it to glaze after baking. I’ve also used ground ginger powder here and didn’t bother with any fresh.

Fruit – your choice, I’ve gone for a medley, a standard mixed fruit combination of raisins, sultanas & citrus, like minced meat ingredient. It was a delicious cake, just the right amount of sweet and especially great eaten warm with some vanilla ice cream.

For more sweet delights, head on over to my Desserts page.

Now, let’s get our aprons on!

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Michael’s Ginger Cake

Easy recipe for a delicious, moist, fruity Ginger Cake, perfect on its own or with vanilla ice cream.
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Course: Cakes
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, ginger
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 (makes 1 x 22cm/9″ cake)
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 g light brown sugar
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 150 g salted butter melted
  • 50 ml stem ginger syrup x 2 (one for glazing)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 150 g stem ginger chopped up
  • 100 g desiccated coconut plain, additive free, unsweetened
  • 100 g mixed fruit


  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F (Fan 160°C).
    Line and grease 1 x 22cm/9 inch cake pan.
  • Mix the flour, ground ginger and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the eggs on medium speed for about a minute.
  • Add the sugar and beat for another minute.
  • With the beaters running, slowly add the butter, ginger syrup and vanilla and beat for 20 seconds or so, just to mix it up.
  • Add the flour mix and fold it in or beat on the lowest speed until it’s all mixed in.
  • Fold in or beat on the lowest speed the chopped up stem ginger, the mixed fruit and the desiccated coconut.
  • Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Take it out of the oven and glaze it liberally with the stem ginger syrup. You could even make some tiny holes in the cake for the syrup to soak through.
  • Leave to cool before serving on its own or with some ice cream or even custard, in which case, warm is lovely!


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 397IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 thoughts on “Michael’s Ginger Cake”

  1. Lynn O’Sullivan

    1 star
    Sticky over sweet and weird! Coconut in a ginger cake was vile. Will not be making this again.

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