The chosen cake for this week’s weekly bake-off from Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes was Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake. Left to my own devices I would probably never have made this cake but I’m so glad I did.
It uses stem ginger and I have had a jar in my store cupboard for years. Last week I came across it and decided to some to make caramelised rhubarb and ginger ice cream. That left me with only one bulb and I needed a total of six for the cake and the topping. Luckily Himself was off to college to his welding class and practically had to drive past the supermarket.
I gave him a list which included the stem ginger but he had great difficulty locating it and I nearly ended up with “Very Lazy Ginger” in white wine vinegar. It could have been a very different cake.
The cake itself was simple to make, just had to throw everything in a bowl and mix, but when I turned it out, I don’t think it was quite cooked underneath as a whole chunk came away on the paper.
However, I stuck it back together, let it cool then turned it over and iced it.
It doesn’t look like much but the taste is superb. It’s moist, crumbly and oh so warm and spicy.
And as for the judging, Himself gave it a 10/10, never before achieved, and has forgotten the pain of searching the aisles for that elusive jar of stem ginger.