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Ginger Cake Surprise

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This cake can do no wrong in my family - it can be altered and is very forgiving of any mistakes -tastes amazing and is unbelievably moist and dark.


Serves: 6

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 2 ounces soft brown sugar
  • 6 ounces black molasses
  • 2 ounces golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 ounces pitted prunes (drained and finely chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons drinking chocolate
  • milk (if needed)


Ginger Cake Surprise is a community recipe submitted by dreamsurfer69 and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Line a square tin Preheat oven to gas mark 2
  • Weigh out all dry ingredients and put into one bowl.
  • Put the butter, syrup, treacle and brown sugar into a saucepan and heat very gently just until the butter has melted. Let cool if needed before adding eggs. Add eggs to the saucepan and about 2tbsp of milk and pour in the chopped pitted prunes as well.
  • Slowly blend the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. If the mixture looks a little too wet I leave some of the juice back in the sauce pan - but usually it is fine as the mixture is actually quite a wet one.
  • Pour in the tin and place in the over for 1 and a quarter to 1 and a half hours.
  • Serve cold with butter or warm with cream - it is even perfect on its own.
  • Additional Information

    This is a crafty way of adding prunes to a diet. My family don't like prunes but they can't get enough of this cake. I'm temped to pour butterscotch sauce over when it is hot - haven't tried it yet.

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