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Sticky Ginger Cake Topped with Clotted Cream and Crystallised Ginger

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Sticky Ginger Cake Recipe
Skill level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 individual cakes
Calories: 1047kcal
Author: Amy Treasure
A classic sticky ginger cake made with stem ginger in syrup and topped with clotted cream and crystallised ginger.
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  • 200 g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for greasing
  • 300 g light brown soft sugar
  • 100 g golden syrup
  • 100 g black treacle
  • 4 balls Opies stem ginger in syrup chopped into small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 225 ml whole milk

To serve

  • 1-2 cubes Opies crystallised ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tub clotted cream


  • Heat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Grease 4 10 x 6 cm cake rings and place them on an oven tray covered with grease proof paper. 
  • In a pan, gently heat the butter, milk, sugar, syrup and treacle until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and stir in the stem ginger. 
  • sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices in a large bowl. Pour in the milk mixture and whisk. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake rings. 
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. 
  • Once baked, leave the cake rings on a wire rack to completely cool. Be patient or the cake will stick to the sides when you remove the rings! 
  • Top with clotted cream and crystallised ginger. 


  • The measurements in this recipe will also fill a 23cm round cake tin. 
  • It's important to use softened butter so that the other ingredients don't boil when you heat them together. Using butter that's already softened will prevent this. 
  • The cakes can be briefly reheated in the microwave for 1 minute. 


Calories: 1047kcal | Carbohydrates: 151g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 111g | Vitamin A: 1470IU | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 6.8mg