Jamaican Ginger Cake by John Hooton

For some strange reason my kids seemed to like this one when they were young, so for nostalgia’s sake it has been resurrected.

Jamaica Ginger Cake

For the Cake
150g/5oz Butter
150g/5oz Golden Syrup
150g/5oz Black Treacle
150g/5oz Plain Flour
150g/5oz Wholemeal Bread Flour
4 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Eggs, beaten
4 tbsp Milk

For the Topping
1 tbsp Apricot Jam
1 oz Exotic Dried Fruit
Mixed Peel or Stem Ginger drained and sliced

1. Prepare a long loaf tin either by greasing and flouring the base and sides, or lining it with oiled greaseproof paper.

2. Heat the butter, golden syrup and black treacle in a small saucepan until the butter has melted. Mix well, remove from the heat and allow to cool for five minutes.

3. Sift the flour and mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Gradually mix in the syrup mixture, then the beaten eggs and milk and beat well until smooth.

4. Pour into the prepared tin, and bake at 160° C/320° F gas Mk 3 for 50-60 minutes or until well risen, the top has cracked and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for ten minutes, then loosen edges and lift out of the tin using the greaseproof paper.

5. Transfer to a wire rack, peal off any lining paper and leave to cool.

6. To decorate the cake, spread the top thinly with the apricot jam, decorate with exotic dried fruit. I used cranberries and mixed peel or try some sliced stem ginger.

Serve with herb tea and enjoy!

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/16
Lighting: Bright Sunlight
Post Processing: Capture NX

© 2009 John Hooton Photography

Retired Professional Photographer, web designer, software developer, still dabbling in photography and all things technical!

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  • OldBirch
    OldBirchalmost 6 years ago

    Can’t pass up on a recipe. This looks too good!

  • Glad it caught your attention, it beats the stuff from a packet, heh,heh!

    – John Hooton

  • Sharon Perrett
    Sharon Perrettalmost 6 years ago

    All I can say John is Yummy :)), fantastic shot and presentation….p.s. can you leave the mixed peel out of my cake LOL

  • No problem, I’ll use some juicy chopped stem ginger instead. :-)

    – John Hooton

  • Jeannette Sheehy
    Jeannette Sheehyalmost 6 years ago

    I really love how you present these recipes..you really take care in how you photograph it – just fantastic. The last two recipes, chicken balti and jamaican ginger cake are my favourite. I could eat ginger cake til it came out my ears..with a little thin icing on top is my way. great photo John! :)

  • Thank you for that really lovely comment Jeannette. I am making an effort because I would like to design a really attractive book. Long way to go yet, but I’ll keep plugging away!

    – John Hooton

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 5 years ago

    I was obsessed with Jamaican Ginger Cake and custard as a kid aswell! Miss it dearly. I love the way you’ve composed this shot – it’s not just scrumptious looking food but it’s easy on the eyes aswell.

  • Thank you Akkra. It must be stuffed full of what kids bodies need because mine loved it too. P.S. Even the sunflower was home grown lol!

    – John Hooton

  • wahumom
    wahumomover 5 years ago

    Dec 10, 2009 – Jan 10th

  • Thank you Sheila!

    – John Hooton

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Disability and Beauty group.

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you for the feature Cee and Chris. Baking and taking the odd snap are an activity I can still pursue! :-))

    – John Hooton

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 5 years ago

    You made me hungry when I looked at your overview page. What a fantastic professional images of food. Excellent . They look great !

  • Thank you Esther. I am hoping to have enough food pics and recipes for a book where the recipes and pictures might compliment each other.

    – John Hooton

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 5 years ago

    That is a fantastic idea !! Let me know or even better , you can advertise your book in one of the Forum topics in the your living spaces group ;o))

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work !!! Congratulations on your feature May 19th, 2011!

  • Thank you Evita, I am honoured! :-))

    – John Hooton

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