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Gingerbread with Orange Drizzle

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Quick and easy

2 Reviews

Total Time
1h 15m
Prep Time
Bake Time
Serves 12
Serves 12

About the bake

This traditional English gingerbread cake is moist, rich and treacly. The orange icing drizzle makes the cake even more indulgent and a great afternoon tea treat.

14 ingredients7 steps


    1. Step 1

      Preheat your oven to 160°C (gas mark 3) and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment.

    2. Step 2

      Melt together the butter, sugar, golden syrup and treacle in a pan on a low heat, set aside to cool slightly.

    3. Step 3

      In a large bowl sift together the flour and ground ginger and add the crystallised ginger. Pour in the melted butter mixture and stir until evenly mixed.

    4. Step 4

      Next add the eggs and milk and beat together.

    5. Step 5

      Pour the mixture into the tin making sure it is level, then place in the oven for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes clean out of the centre of the cake. Set aside to cool then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

    6. Step 6

      To make the drizzle icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl then add the orange extract and enough water to make a smooth, pourable icing that’s not too runny. Pour this over the cooled cake. Then finish with some grated orange zest.

    7. Step 7

      Set aside for the icing to set then cut into squares and serve.


    • For the Gingerbread

      • 175gUnsalted butter (softened) 
      • 175gBillington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 
      • 175gSilver Spoon Golden Syrup 
      • 175gBlack treacle 
      • 175gAllinson's Self Raising Flour 
      • 175gSelf-raising wholemeal flour 
      • 3 tspGround ginger 
      • 50gCrystallised ginger 
      • 1Large free range egg(s) 
      • 300mlWhole milk 
    • For the Orange Drizzle

      • 150gSilver Spoon Icing Sugar 
      • 1/2 tspOrange extract 
      • 50mlWarm water 
      • 1Orange zest (grated) 


    • 20cm square baking tin
    • Saucepan
    • Mixing bowl
    • Wire cooling rack

    2 Baker Ratings

    This is the best gingerbread recipe I have tried. It’s absolutely delicious. I omitted the chrystalised ginger for another 2tsps of ground ginger and we have it plain, without the drizzle.

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