Traditional Irish Ginger Cake with a Modern Twist


To celebrate the end of the school year, I made a ginger cake from a recipe given to me by one of my neighbours, it’s her Mum’s recipe (thanks Deirdre’s Mum!). We have made it a few times and found this to be one of the nicest cakes we have ever made, delicious and gingery and moist. ginger

My youngest daughter suggested we use lemon icing one of the times we made it and so we tried it and I have to say it made the cake even better. So here’s the recipe for the traditional Irish Ginger Cake but with a Modern Twist 🙂


1) 3 cups plain flour

2) 3 teaspoons ground ginger

3) Pinch of salt

4) 2 teaspoons mixed spice

5) 1 teaspoon baking powder

6) 1 cup vegetable oil

7) 1 cup lukewarm water

8) 3 eggs

9) 1 cup caster sugar

10) 1 cup golden syrup

11) 1 teaspoon baking/bread soda dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water


  • Put all the ingredients into a big mixing bowl in the order given.
  • Beat for 2-3 minutes medium speed.
  • Line 2 loaf tins or 1 cake tin and fill with mixture up to 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 180degC / 350deg F for 50-60 mins.

For Lemon Icing

ginger cake1 lemon

Approx 200-225g icing sugar

  • Sieve the icing sugar and then squeeze in 1/2 the lemon’s juice, mix and then squeeze some more from the 2nd half.
  • If you need a bit more liquid add a few drops of water until you get a nice thick but runny consistency.
  • Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake.

If you have tried this recipe let us know what you thought of it in the comments below

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