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Gingerbread bundt cake

  • cuts into 12
  • Easy

Guinness and dark chocolate add an extra depth of flavour and slight smokiness to this dark gingerbread. It’s best to make in advance then leave un-iced in an airtight box overnight or for a couple of days and glaze it an hour or so before serving. That way the flavours of the cake all get a chance to develop.

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Ingredients

  • unsalted butter 150g, plus extra for the tin
  • golden syrup 100g 
  • dark treacle 75g
  • dark muscovado sugar 175g
  • dark chocolate 75g, chopped
  • stem ginger 2 balls, finely chopped
  • Guinness or stout 100ml
  • bicarbonate of soda 1/2 tsp
  • plain flour 200g, plus a little extra for dusting the tin
  • baking powder 1 tsp 
  • ground ginger 3 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 rounded tsp
  • ground allspice 1/2 tsp
  • ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp
  • eggs 3 medium, beaten
  • ginger preserve or apricot jam
  • lemon 1, juiced
  • icing sugar 150g, sifted 

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 160c/140c/gas3. Butter the inside of a 2 litre bundt tin and lightly dust the inside with plain flour, tipping out the excess. 

  • Step 2

    Put the butter, golden syrup, treacle, brown sugar and chocolate into a pan. Heat to melt the butter and chocolate and dissolve the sugar. Add the stem ginger and guinness, heat to hot but not boiling and mix well. Take off the heat, whisk in the bicarb (it will foam), and leave to cool slightly. 

  • Step 3

    Sift the flour, baking powder and spices with a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Whisk the eggs and the cooled golden syrup mixture into the dry ingredients in three batches, mixing well until completely smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared tin. tap on the work surface to release any large air bubbles and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until well risen and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

  • Step 4

    Remove from the oven and rest in the tin for no more than 2 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Wrap the cold cake in clingfilm and leave overnight or a couple of days before glazing to allow the spice flavours to develop. 

  • Step 5

    To glaze, transfer the cake to a baking paper-covered baking sheet. Warm the ginger preserve (or apricot jam) in a small pan and use to brush over the surface of the cake. Pour the lemon juice into a small pan and heat gently until just boiling. Add the icing sugar and stir until melted and smooth. Leave the lemon icing to cool for 2-3 minutes then brush all over the surface of the cake in an even layer. Slide the cake back into an oven heated to 160c/fan 140c/gas 3 for 5 minutes until the glaze has become translucent. Leave until the icing has set before serving. 

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 364
  • Carbs 57g
  • Protein 4g
  • Fat 13g
  • Salt 0.4g
  • Fibre 0.7g
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