I am having lunch with my old boss (LG) tomorrow. She gets painting lessons from my Mum and she normally comes to Mum’s place to do them. However, Mum is currently trying to sell her house and doesn’t really want paint and mess everywhere (so she doesn’t want me there either haha!) and it was time we visited LG’s place anyway. So, she is providing lunch and I’m bringing afternoon tea. This is a cake I make often, mostly because it is so easy and doesn’t have lots of steps and it is very yummy. I would, however, warn you against it if you are diabetic – it has a buttload of sugar in it. It’s a “sometimes” food. You will need a reasonably large cake tin as it makes quite a bit of batter. It freezes well and is nice on its own, iced or warmed up and served with some ice-cream, custard or cream if you like.
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup light olive oil
- 1 cup golden syrup
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the “wet” ingredients and mix well. That’s it! Pretty easy huh? Pour batter into a cake tin which is lined with baking paper or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 180 C for about 30-40 minutes. It is quite a wet mixture so it can sometimes take a bit longer to bake and the top can burn so keep an eye on it and cover the top with foil if need be. Just watch it and judge if it needs extra time or less time (also depending on whether you use one big tin or two small ones).
Let it cool in the tin and then turn out on a wire rack or serving plate to cool fully. You can dress it up simply with sifted icing sugar or drizzle some lemon icing over it. It’s fine just as it is though. I also like to serve it with some sliced strawberries, but that’s just me 🙂
Anyway, give it a try – it’s delicious and simple and makes your house smell gorgeous for a couple of hours! Enjoy!