Lemon And Ginger Drizzle Cake

Lemon and ginger drizzle loaf cake - Domestic GothessAs much as I love an impressive, multi-layered, over the top cake; for general every day cake eating you can’t beat a simple lemon drizzle loaf cake. It is fairly plain, but gloriously so, damp and sticky yet light, with a sharp lemon tang and a slightly crunchy crust. I added a bit of a ginger kick to mine – not too much, the lemon should be the predominant flavour, but enough to take it beyond the standard lemon drizzle and add a subtle warmth and depth of flavour.

Damp lemon and ginger drizzle cake - Domestic GothessI like my lemon cakes to be intensely lemony, so I used both zest and lemon juice in the batter, topped it with extra sugared zest and then gave it a generous drenching of lemon syrup; there may seem to be an awful lot of syrup, but it soaks it all up, leaving it beautifully moist and strongly flavoured. This is a simple cake to make, but incredibly satisfying, best enjoyed with a cup of tea. Because it is so moist it keeps incredibly well, and actually even tastes better after it has had a couple of days to mature. One word of warning, leave the cake in the tin until it is completely cold, all of that syrup makes it rather delicate while it is warm and it may crumble.

Lemon and ginger drizzle cake - Domestic Gothess

Lemon And Ginger Drizzle Cake
 
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Makes: 1
Ingredients
Cake
  • 125g (1/2 cup) butter
  • 175g (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175g (1 + ½ cups) self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch salt
  • 2 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped
Topping
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 15g (1 rounded tbsp) granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • 100g (1 cup) icing (powdered) sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease an approx. 22x11cm loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition, then beat in the lemon zest. Sift in the flour, salt and ground ginger and fold in gently, then fold in the lemon juice and chopped stem ginger. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for about 45 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  3. While the cake is cooking prepare the topping. Rub the lemon zest and granulated sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. Put the lemon juice, stem ginger syrup and icing sugar into a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes all over the top with a skewer, sprinkle over the sugar and zest mixture, then pour over the syrup, try and make sure that the whole cake gets an even dousing. Leave the cake in it's tin until it is completely cold - it is delicate while warm and may crumble.
Notes
Adapted from How To Be A Domestic Goddess By Nigella Lawson

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40 Comments on Lemon And Ginger Drizzle Cake

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    August 7, 2015 at 5:51 am (2 years ago)

    You are so right, sometimes the simple classic cakes are the best! I love a good strong lemon cake too and this looks delicious πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s a combination of my grandmother’s wedding china and some charity shop finds πŸ™‚

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  2. patisseriemakesperfect
    August 7, 2015 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    A classic with a twist. I love lemon drizzle cake, but I’ve never thought of adding ginger. I love the tea setting for this cake, it’s perfect.

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

      My partner drinks a lot of lemon and ginger tea, so I just wanted to make a cake with the flavours of his favourite tea! I’ve been rummaging through my parents cupboards and nicking my grandmother’s china for props πŸ˜› x

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      • scorpiotiger
        March 11, 2017 at 1:17 pm (9 months ago)

        Came across this recipe when looking for a ‘lemon & ginger’ cake recipe for an office day (I normally work from home and generally take a cake in when we have infrequent office days). One’s planned for 21 March 2017 & when I asked what people wanted, they came up with the idea of lemon & ginger…

        They’d always liked my Lemon Drizzle Cake & a Sticky Dark Ginger Cake had gone down well in the past (I always double the ground ginger from my original recipe & add chopped crystallised ginger to the batter) but didn’t have a recipe for Lemon & Ginger so started hunting…

        I’ve now found a few – most seem to be a variation on Lemon Drizzle, but found an interesting one with sour cream in the mix – might be worth a try some time…

        I’m going to sort of adapt my normal Lemon Drizzle recipe to accommodate the ginger and see how it comes out πŸ™‚

        Loving the china for the staging of the photos for this one Hannah πŸ™‚

        I had a beautiful 18th century bone china trio that looks rather like the central cup & saucer in your main image, but sadly it got damaged & the saucer is now in 2 pieces (argghhhh!!!)

        Somehow, old bone china seems to show cakes off to their best πŸ™‚

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  3. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    August 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful cake! I love the idea of pairing ginger and lemon, and this cake looks so moist and tender!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie, it is beautifully moist – I poured quite a lot of syrup over it!

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  4. Girl and the Kitchen
    August 7, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your little tea time set up! So fabulous! And yes sometimes a simple lemon cake is all one needs πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I wish I was the kind of person who regularly made pots of tea and drank from an elegant china teacup but unfortunately they only ever come out to be used as props…

      Reply
  5. immaculatebites
    August 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Love everything about this cake, especially the tight crumb texture- so appealing. I can just picture myself having a slice with with a cup of tea.

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    August 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

    You’re so right, a simple straight forward, unadulterated bake often is better than a fussy OTT cake. I love lemon cake, but never tried it with ginger, I shall have to give this a whirl.
    Angela x

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

      Yes and you can eat more of it as it isn’t piled up with sweet icing! πŸ˜› x

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    • hannahhossack
      August 8, 2015 at 8:16 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. lucyparissi
    August 8, 2015 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

    This looks like a hug in cake form. Although I partial to the amazing layered cakes you make so effortlessly this looks like such a lovely homely treat. Perfect with a cup of tea and a friendly chat.

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy πŸ™‚ While I really enjoy making huge layer cakes, I think it is the simple cakes that I most enjoy eating. x

      Reply
  8. milkandbun
    August 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiful presentation!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  9. dishofdailylife
    August 9, 2015 at 3:43 am (2 years ago)

    What a yummy treat! I love any kind of dessert with lemon. Your recipes always leave me wanting dessert!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thanks Michelle πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. Laura
    August 9, 2015 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

    Anything lemon is ok with me! This looks delicious!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  11. Lili
    August 9, 2015 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    Looks delicious! Love lemon and ginger combinations… yum! πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lili πŸ™‚

      Reply
  12. Johanne Lamarche
    August 10, 2015 at 3:21 am (2 years ago)

    One of my favorite flavor combinations. Love the drizzle on top!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Johanne πŸ™‚

      Reply
  13. Arlene
    August 11, 2015 at 1:23 am (2 years ago)

    Can you substitute the ginger syrup with ordinary syrup?

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 7:35 am (2 years ago)

      You can just omit it, or replace with extra lemon juice

      Reply
  14. Lucy Bishop
    August 11, 2015 at 10:55 am (2 years ago)

    Oooh Lemon & Ginger is such a winning combo! Lush. Your food photography is insane, love it! πŸ™‚ Do you photograph in natural night, or with a professional light? Really stunning images. I’m popping over from #TastyTuesdays linky x

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    • hannahhossack
      August 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lucy πŸ™‚ I only ever use natural light, I have a large window in the kitchen which I photograph in front of, occasionally using a thin white sheet to diffuse the light if it is a bright day x

      Reply
  15. Beckie
    August 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooh, I like the idea of adding in ginger to a lemon drizzle – I wouldn’t have thought of that. Thanks for linking to #cookblogshare r.

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    • hannahhossack
      August 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

      It works really well, I love the lemon and ginger combination πŸ™‚

      Reply
  16. carolinescookingblog
    August 12, 2015 at 1:43 am (2 years ago)

    I agree, lemon drizzle cake is one of the best and I love the idea of ginger in there as well. Two flavors that have a great zing. Delicious!

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    • hannahhossack
      August 14, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Caroline πŸ™‚

      Reply
  17. NotCarolyn (@CarlynKB)
    August 14, 2015 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

    Hi – I have never seen a recipe with ginger mixed in, I love lemon and can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    With a smile, Carlyn πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      August 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Carlyn, I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  18. Honest mum
    August 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Lemon drizzle is one of my classic favourites and adding ginger is genius, the perfect flavour combination. Drooly picture. Haha-drooly, is that even a word?! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    Reply

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