Preheat your oven to 160C/150C Fan and grease and line two 8″ Round Baking Tins (deep ones!)
Add the Butter, Light Brown Sugar, Golden Syrup, and Black Treacle to a large pan and heat gently and stir frequently until the mixture has melted and is smooth. Leave to cool slightly!
Sift the Self-Raising Flour into a LARGE bowl, and add the Ground Ginger. Whisk briefly so the ginger is distributed! Pour in the melted Sugar/Butter/Syrup mixture and beat together till smooth.
Add in the Eggs, and Milk and beat again till smooth. It’ll be reasonably runny, and will nearly fill a large bowl, so be careful!
Split the mixture between the two tins, and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until baked through.
A cake skewer should come out clean, and when you listen to the cake it will not be making a ‘bubbling/crackling’ sound. Sometimes, a cake skewer can come out clean, but if the cake is still make the noise, its not quite done!
Once the cake is baked, leave the cakes in the tin for 10 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack fully.
To make the frosting, beat your butter in a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes so its really supple and soft. Add in the Icing Sugar 1/2 at a time, and beat fully in-between each addition.
Add the Ginger, and vanilla and a little Whole Milk or boiling water to loosen if its a little stiff. You will only need 1 or 2 tablespoons to loosen so don’t go crazy!
To decorate the cake, pipe half of the buttercream onto the bottom cake, and then add the second cake on top.
Pipe the rest of the buttercream on, and then add some Mini Gingerbread Men! Add some crushed gingerbread men sprinkles, or some Christmas sprinkles and enjoy!
This does make a large cake - if you want less, you can easily halve it, or bake into three tins instead of two.
It’s completely normal for the top of the cake to look slightly darker, and if anything almost burnt. It’s not actually burnt at all, its the treacle and the sugars in the sponge coming through, so don’t fear!
This is a slightly denser cake compared to a victoria sponge, so be prepared. It is delicious though, and I think it needs the buttercream to lighten it! You can make it into a traybake instead if you prefer, but I would suggest a 10″ square tin thats deep as there is a lot of mixture.
This cake will last 3 days once made!
Christmas Gingerbread Cake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Vitamin A 860IU17%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.