Ginger sponge cake

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Makes 12 slices


From The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best


  • 200g/7oz self-raising flour
  • 200g/7oz sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 55g/2oz margarine, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 240ml/9fl oz hot water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350FGas 4. Grease and line a 28cm x 18cm/11in x 7in baking tin with greaseproof paper.

  2. Mix the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub the margarine in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg, syrup and hot water and mix well with a wooden spoon until combined.

  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 35–40 minutes, or until golden-brown and the top is springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin. Once cool, cut into squares.

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