It was Rob’s birthday this week and tradition demands a cake. The morning of his birthday I was flicking through The Age and found a recipe for Karen Martini’s Sticky Chocolate Gingerbread Cake. It looked suitably birthdayish and all I had to do was pick up some fresh ginger so away I went.

The result was pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself. Lots of spices with fresh ginger and ginger juice combined with a hint of lemon in the decadent icing made for a grown up chocolate cake, but one that a couple of the kids actually liked too.

It’s very much a special occasion cake as it’s so rich but it’s not too complex for a beginner like me.

Chocolate and Ginger

I even manged my first attempt at icing.

The recipe from Good Food/The Age :



180g unsalted butter

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated

150g brown sugar

150g treacle

150g golden syrup

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

250ml milk

2 large eggs

280g plain flour

30g cocoa powder

150g chocolate chips


80g unsalted butter

4 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tsp fresh ginger juice – finely grate a piece of fresh ginger, about 8cm, and squeeze out the juice

25ml lemon juice

180g icing sugar


1. Line a 30cmx20cm shallow baking tin with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan-forced or 180 degrees conventional.

2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, add the spices, fresh ginger, sugar, treacle and golden syrup and warm through.

3. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in a tablespoon of milk.

4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk lightly. Whisk in butter and spice mix. Add baking soda and remaining milk, sift in the flour and cocoa and mix until smooth. Fold the chocolate chips through the batter.

5. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until cooked – the cake will be springy to the touch.

6. For the icing, in a bowl over just-simmering water, heat the butter. Add the cocoa powder and the ginger and lemon juices, then whisk in the icing sugar until dissolved and homogenous.

7. Allow the cake to cool then lift from the tray. Ice and allow the icing to set before serving.

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  1. Tony, that sounds awesome – super tasty but not run-of-the-mill! I am going to try it did it go squeezing out ginger juice? That’s the only bit that made me raise my eyebrows…

    1. It was no problem Beth. I just did as the recipe suggested and squeezed the grated ginger using my hands, although I found that I needed a bit more than they called for. Let me know how you go.

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