Monday, 4 November 2013


Yep, I’ve gone and put beer in a cake again. This one is not so radical though, the flavour of ginger is hardly unfamiliar in baking, but I do use alcoholic ginger beer because it has an extra depth flavour and warmth, but you could easily use the soft stuff. This is a brilliant alternative to a parkin because you don’t need to let it rest for 3 days, just crack open a bottle, mix it in with other cake ingredients, drizzle with a spiky ginger beer icing and spruce up with some crystalised ginger and there you have it. A ginger beer cake just in time for bonfire night.
If you’d prefer a parkin, I have a recipe here.

100g butter, room temperature
180g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
280g wholemeal self raising flour
300ml alcoholic ginger beer (buy a bottle with a little bit more in, you need some for the icing and then can drink the left over)
½ tsp ginger
1 tbsp black treacle

6 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp ginger beer
A few chunks of crystalised ginger for decoration (optional)

Preheat oven to fan180/200c/6. Grease and lightly flour a small loaf tin.
Cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, with a little bit of the flour then begin to alternate adding the rest of the flour and ginger beer until you get a thick batter. Add the ginger and drizzle in the treacle and mix. Pour into the tin and bake at the bottom of the oven for about 40-45 minutes, lowering the heat by about 20°/1 gas mark half way through baking (not that necessary, but just stops the cake catching too much). If you cake does appear to be catching, put a piece of baking paper over the top of the tin. It should be golden and springy when baked. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before taking out and leaving to cool on a wire rack completely.

To make the icing, mix together the icing sugar and ginger beer. Drizzle randomly over the cooled cake then arrange the ginger in a line down the centre, or where the cake cracks a bit in the oven, because it will sit easier there. Enjoy in front of the fireworks. 


  1. I really love the styling on the photo, Wil!
    Well done, looks awesome :)