A Charmed Life

eat – ginger and walnut cake



Tonight it’s my turn to take cake to my writing class and I very nearly opted for an M&S option but then I remembered I was given a longed for Edmonds cookbook (a kiwi institution) for my birthday. I decided it would be silly to not use it so I made a cake. Three slices later I have to say it is pretty damn good. Do you think it’s rude I am only taking half a cake to my class ?


ginger and walnut cake

makes 1 loaf

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tsp golden syrup
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped crystallised ginger (this is what it says on the recipe I prefer to use fresh ginger)
you can add 1/4 cup sultanas I didn’t
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk


First start with creaming butter, sugar and golden syrup until light and fluffy.
Sift flour, baking powder, ginger and mixed spice together.
Add sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with beaten eggs.
Stir in ginger, walnuts (and sultanas).
Dissolve baking soda in the milk and stir into the mixture (I always sneak a taste of the batter at this point – if I feel it needs more spice I add more fresh ginger – the spicier the better I say)
Line a 20cm cake/loaf tin with brown paper, followed by baking paper. Pour mixture into tin.
Bake at 180°C for 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

I like eating it warm with a little butter. Give it try and let me know the yum factor.

ps  I forgot my class follow my blog – M&S here I come…

Author: akiwigirlabroad

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6 thoughts on “eat – ginger and walnut cake

  1. yup, i think it would be rude – rather go for what M&S is or if you cut it into squares no-one will know it’s half a cake.

  2. fatty!;) yep completely rude, but then again im only taking one afghan to akl;)

  3. Wow – well done on your baking! I’m sure you could whip up another for class now that you’ve mastered this one. Great gift CJ!

  4. I used pecan nuts instead of walnuts..turned out good…yum

  5. This sounds yummy. Shame I’m not a baker.

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