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Sticky ginger loaf

Sticky ginger loaf cake

This fantastic sticky ginger loaf cake is sweet and squidgy in the middle with a cool ginger icing on top. The stem ginger syrup is made with white sugar, but you could replace it with maple syrup or honey to make this recipe free from refined sugar.

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  • Serves10
  • CourseCake
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook1 hr
  • Total time1 hr 25 mins
  • Plussoaking

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  • 175g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g dried pitted dates
  • 3 balls stem ginger, roughly chopped, plus extra to decorate
  • 100ml maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 50g rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 50g dried pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • 1 large pinch ground ginger
  • 125g Philadelphia soft cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 ̊c, gas mark 3; grease and line a 900g loaf tin. cover the dates with boiling water; leave for 10 minutes. Drain and whizz in a food processor with the butter, ginger and maple syrup until smooth. Add the eggs, then whizz to combine. Add the dry ingredients and whizz until just combined.

  2. Tip into the prepared tin, level out the top and bake for 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. (cover with foil for the last 10 minutes if it browns too fast.) leave to cool completely in the tin.

  3. For the icing, soak the dates in 75ml boiling water for 10 minutes, then tip into a blender (ideally a high-speed blender or nutribullet, or use the small bowl of a food processor). Add the ginger syrup, ground ginger and a pinch of salt, then blend until smooth; cool completely. Using electric beaters, whip the soft cheese briefly, then whip in the date mix. Ice the loaf and top with extra stem ginger.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,783kJ/ 429kcals



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