sticky ginger cake

sticky ginger cake gluten free recipe
sticky, sweet comfort food

It’s Friday and time to treat yourself to a scrummy, sweet & sticky ginger cake! Although there is quite a lot of ginger in this delicious free-from recipe we’ve created, it is not too hot or fiery! We make ours extra sticky by pouring a sticky ginger glaze over the top of the cakes when they come out of the oven.

We are always on a ginger binge in our home. I have just enjoyed a very thick and scrumptious chocolate and ginger smoothie (nice-cream)  made with at least double the amount of ginger root I recommend. It fired me up ready to create a sticky ginger cake. I had originally planned to make a carrot and ginger cake but it seems in the midst of my ginger-addiciton I forgot my intention to add the grated carrots to the mix. Carrot soup will be enjoyed some day soon, me thinks 🙂 silver linings and all that. Maybe a carrot and ginger cake will get made one day in the not-too-distant future too – although I am quite up for making this gluten-free ginger cake again.

sticky ginger cake recipe gluten free
ready to eat

I am VERY excited by this stem-ginger cake and can let you know that I found the mix so delicious I could have spooned the lot straight from the bowl into my greedy gob! I found the end result pretty sweet; and next time I will reduce the amount of syrup I use in the cake replacing it with water. My mother who is “not a desserts person” however, enjoyed it as is, so it may not be too sweet for you, I am aware that lots of people like a sweet hit with ginger. Give it a go as it is in the recipe below and then adapt it once you’ ve made up your own mind. Taste and palates are very variable.

This sticky ginger cake recipe works really well as little cupcakes and muffins – just be careful when you pour the glaze over the tops. Do it over a bowl, and leave them to drip dry on a cooling rack over a baking tray. If I’m not expecting folks round for coffee and cake I freeze the muffins and it means I don’t over indulge in their sticky YUM! When we take them out of the freezer I defrost a muffin for one minute in the microwave on the normal setting, it comes out warm and gooey – heaven.

If you live in a child-free house you could have a play with adding some malibu or rum to the mix for the ultimate, boozy, warm and sticky comfort cake! Aars is a little too young for me to be playing with those ingredients… one day! If you do – let me know what you add and how it worked, I look forward to hearing from you.

sticky ginger cake

  • Yield:

    2 cakes*
  • Cooking Method:

  • Prep Time:

    15 mins
  • Cook Time:

    20 mins
sticky ginger cake

This is a super scrummy, sweet and sticky ginger cake. Proper comfort food with the ginger adding a nice warming heat as well as favour to the cake. We love this best served warm but it's also great cold. I find it a little sweet, but other members of my family love it just as it is! 


  • 1 ½ C gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 x 350g jar of stem ginger in syrup
  • ¹/3 C oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1Tbs cider vinegar
  • any leftover syrup from jar of ginger
  • 1 Tbs heaped of golden syrup (see photo)
  • a good shake of ground ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan) and line your tins* with paper cases. 

    sticky ginger cake gluten free recipe
    ready to bake

  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

  3. Bung the jar of stem ginger and it's syrup, the oil and vinegar into your liquidiser and and blitz.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients from the liquidiser into your dry ingredients and beat to create a sooth batter.

  5. Pour into the prepared containers and pop into the oven for 20 minutes. 

  6. Just before the cakes are ready to come out of the oven, make your sticky ginger glaze. In a pan add the syrups and ground ginger. Heat up until the golden syrup is dissolved and bubbling from the edge to the centre of the pan (don't stir it!). 

    sticky ginger cake gluten free recipe
    sticky ginger glaze

  7. When you take the cakes out of the oven pour your sticky sauce over the top. Allow to cool for as long as you can resist the mouth-watering aroma of ginger - remember the sticky sauce you just boiled is going to be HOT!


*I use two bread loaf tins when I make this mix.

This is a proper fiery comfort food, the heat from the ginger is subtle and lovely. I reckon you could make an grown-up version by adding a little Jamaican rum or Malibu to the mix. However as my baking is aimed at feeding up my twelve year old I've had to resist that urge!


Rai x

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