Spiced and iced Jamaican ginger cake

  • Total time: Ready in 1 hour 60 minutes

Serves: 8


75g butter, softened
100g dark muscovado sugar
125g black treacle
125g golden syrup
2 large essential Waitrose Free Range Eggs
3 tbsp rum, eg Sailor Jerry Spiced Caribbean
225g self raising flour
2 tsp ground ginger
50g stem ginger, finely chopped
75g pitted medjool dates, chopped

For the icing topping

100g icing sugar
1–2 tbsp rum, eg Sailor Jerry Spiced Caribbean
1 tbsp stem ginger syrup from the jar


1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Line the base and sides of a 1 litre loaf tin.

2. Place the butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup in a saucepan and heat gently until all melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a while, then mix in the eggs and the rum.

3. Mix together the flour and ground ginger then stir into the treaclevand egg mixture. Finally, stir in the chopped ginger and dates, then pour into the loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 50 minutes until risen and golden. To test if cooked through, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, it is done. Otherwise, pop back into the oven for 5 more minutes.

4. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin. Then remove and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

5. For the topping, mix the icing sugar with the rum and stem ginger syrup. Spoon over the icing and serve in slices with a proper cup of tea!