Friday, August 20, 2010


A good friend is heading off across the water (to Canada) and a good-bye party was in order, but instead of the usual boozy restaurant meal (where you don't get the chance to talk to half of the people there, and I'm always the one who isn't boozing!)  A. threw a wonderful afternoon tea .... how civilised!! (I felt I ought to be sticking my pinkie out as I drank my coffee!)

We drank tea and coffee from a beautiful china tea service, ate our (fantastic) goodies with elegant pastry forks, chose same goodies from delightful tiered cake stands .... The Ritz how are you!!! this is how we should be living!

I love an opportunity to bake something that wouldn't necessarily go down well with the chocolate loving lads here (!) and as both the party girl and I are ginger fiends (and I'm on a "trying to be less unhealthy" kick) I decided to bring along a Stem Ginger Syrup Cake from Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache - good decision.  It went down really well (unless people were being extra polite!!) and I have to say that it was excellent, no harshness at all from the ginger and a light yet moist texture.  I can recommend this cake for any ginger lovers in your life!

Stem Ginger Syrup Cake

3            medium eggs
120g      sugar
250g      finely grated butternut squash
30g       fresh ginger, finely grated (microplane is invaluable here)
150g     rice (or plain) flour
100g     ground almonds
1 tsp     ground ginger (or 2 tsp if you don't have any fresh)
2 tsp     baking powder
1/4 tsp  salt
4 tbsp   stem ginger syrup
100g     stem ginger, chopped up into tiny pieces.

Prepare a 23cm baking tin
Preheat oven to 180 C

Whisk the eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add the grated butternut squash and raw ginger.
Stir in the flour, almonds, ground ginger, baking powder and salt until well incorporated.
Fold in the stem ginger and syrup, getting the pieces evenly distributed.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes.
Then cool on a wire rack, bottom side down (to prevent lines on the top of the cake)

Ginger Syrup Topping

70g             sieved icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp   stem ginger syrup
1 tbsp         water

Harry's recipe calls for more sugar and syrup, but this would be just too sickly sweet for me.

Stir the syrup into the sugar and then add enough water to get the consistency you like.

Pour the syrup over the ginger cake while still warm.



Rose H (UK) said...

What a lovely way to see a friend off to distant shores. The cake looks fab, though I'm not a fan of ginger myself! I'm sure your dear friend will leave with happy memories to take with her.

Maria♥ said...

The cake looks and sounds goregous!


Lucie said...

how lovely to have a tea party! This looks a great cake - glad it went down well :) x

Unknown said...

I love a good tea party... we should all get together and have a giant blog tea party!

Moi said...

That looks delicious!

La Bella Cooks said...

What a fun thing to do! I love the idea of a tea party and I hope your friend was appreciative of your thoughtfulness.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Mmmmmmm, I do like ginger and this sounds really good. Bookmarking it now :)

freerangegirl said...

Hi B girl - your tea party sounds like great fun - I bet it looked so pretty too! I love the the idea of ginger cake - just the right notes for the end of summer - spot on!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

sounds like you had a great tea wife loves going to a high tea every now and then! Your cake must have been a hit it certainly sounds delicious!! Ginger was such a nice touch!

À LA GRAHAM said...

This is intriguing to me. I have never heard of stem ginger. What is that? I am going to google it and hopefully order some so I can make your cake!

Anonymous said...

The cake looks superb!

Brownieville Girl said...

Stem ginger is pieces of ginger (about the size of your fingernail) cooked and preserved in a sugar syrup - delicious. Actually this has me thinking, I'm sure you could make it yourself ... must start looking up a few recipes!!!

My friend heads off on Tuesday, I'll really miss her - not many people round who drink as much coffee as I do!!!!

The afternoon tea party was such fun, I'm racking my brains to think of an excuse to have another one!!!!

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Unknown said...

OMG you're one follower away from 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brownieville Girl said...

I KNOW Dom!!!!!!!

Funny what you notice once you start blogging, this time last year I wouldn't even have looked at the "Follower" display!

Anonymous said...

Perfect tea cake. love the gloss and shine.