Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Ginger cake with brown sugar cream cheese frosting

Winter cakes should be cosy. Ginger, with its warming qualities, falls squarely into this category, the edible equivalent of a woolly jumper. That doesn't sound very appetising at all but this cake certainly is. It's been the hit of Melbourne's lockdown, after the recipe was published on The Design Files. I think we're all feeling a little anxious right now and comfort food is a good way to offset all the numbers and news reports and rules defining our lives. So don't deny yourself cake. Especially when it's this delicious.

Ginger cake with brown sugar cream cheese frosting
Adapted from an original recipe by Julia Busuttil-Nishimura, as published on The Design Files

100g demerara sugar
3 eggs
150g golden syrup
150ml light olive or vegetable oil
50ml full cream milk
60g fresh ginger, grated
250g self-raising flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground cloves
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom

Brown sugar cream cheese frosting
125g unsalted butter, softened
250g full fat cream cheese, room temperature
100g brown sugar
2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
Zest of a lemon

Roughly chopped pistachios, to serve

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a round 21cm cake tin.

Whisk the sugar and eggs until pale and thick. Pour in the golden syrup, oil, milk and ginger and continue to whisk until combined. Gently whisk in the remaining dry ingredients until just combined (don't over-beat but just ensure there are no remaining clumps of flour). Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in centre of cake. Allow to cool for ten minutes in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

For the frosting: beat the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until smooth. Add in both the sugars and continue to whisk on a medium setting until all combined and light, around 3 minutes. Fold through the lemon zest and spread onto the cooled cake. Top with pistachios and serve.

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