Birthday Baking

It’s my birthday tomorrow so tonight I plan to sew for me.  Today I baked and I baked my favourites.  Because they are for me lol. First bake was a ginger cake.  Instead of my usual ginger loaf I opted to try a new recipe and wow am I glad I did it’s yummy.

Mary Berry Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

225g softened butter or spread
175g light brown muscovado sugar. This is not demerara it’s more sticky.
200g black treacle
300g self raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp ground allspice
4 large eggs or 5 medium
4 tbl sp milk
1.5 to 3 chopped bulbs of stem ginger from jar

my own tips

I didn’t have allspice and mixed spice. What’s the difference? So I used 1tsp mixed spice and 1 small tsp ginger 1 small tsp cinnamon.
I didn’t use 3 bulbs of ginger I used 1.5 it felt like lots anyway.
Treacle can be difficult to weigh as it sticks to your scale pan or bowl so measure it on top of the sugar. Zero the scales in between.
Because Mary recipes are all in ones. I measure everything into the mixer bowl using a digital scale that I zero between ingredients.
Once all ingredients are measured into the bowl mix until combined. I used my hand electric mixer.
oven temperature 160oc
Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. I have a silicon tray bake pan. I use these ready made cake liners.
Allow to cool before icing. The recipe says mix 200g icing sugar with 3 tbl spoons syrup from the ginger jar m I used less than 1tbl sp and a little water to make a nice thick icing. A spatula spread this nicely over the top of the cake which I then sprinkled with crystalline ginger.

This cake is my new favourite ginger cake recipe. It is scrummy.

lemon drizzle
The recipe is on an earlier post. Click here for the full post. This cake is an all time favourite of mine and an obvious choice for my birthday.

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