Sticky Gingerbread

I love a good sticky gingerbread; there is something so comforting about it. When I visit my mum and dad I am always hopeful she has made her gingerbread for me and rarely am I disappointed. This recipe is a tweaked version of my mums cake, not that it needed tweaking but I had a jar of molasses I needed to use up and molasses goes well in ginger cake, makes it that little bit stickier.

sticky gingerbread

There are a few things I love about this gingerbread one is the fact its so super easy to make. Everything is mixed in one bowl and you also only need a small saucepan.

sticky gingerbread

Another great thing is this gingerbread is almost brownie like in texture. It’s like a ginger brownie, fudgy, sticky and just a little bit gooey. And the day after baking, it gets a little bit better and if you have any left on day 3 it is even more amazing!

sticky gingerbread

It’s probably so sticky due to all the golden syrup packed into this tray bake. It’s not the healthiest of cakes around but hey why should your cake be healthy?

sticky gingerbread

This is a quick and simple bake and its perfect for when you are craving something warming, spicy and gingery.

sticky gingerbread

To cut through some of the sweetness I drizzled this cake with a simple lemon icing and it compliments the flavouring so well the tart lemon, the sticky golden syrup and the fiery ginger make perfect partners.

sticky gingerbread

I love this simple cake and I know you will too.

*Measurements in cups is a guide this recipe was made using metric weight* 

Sticky Gingerbread
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A gingerbread that is almost brownie like in texture. It’s like a ginger brownie, fudgy, sticky and just a little bit gooey.
Recipe type: TrayBakes
Cuisine: British
Serves: 9 squares
Ingredients for the cake
  • 230 grams self-raising flour, (1 and ¾ cups)
  • 2½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 220 grams golden syrup, (2/3 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 85 grams unsalted butter, (1/2 cup)
  • 55 grams light brown sugar, (1/4 cup - packed)
  • 1 large Egg
  • Drop of milk
Ingredients for the icing
  • 8 tablespoons Icing sugar (Confectioners sugar)
  • Rind of 1 small lemon
  • Juice of half a small lemon
Directions for the cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4
  2. Line a 10x8 inch tin with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl sieve the flour and ground ginger together and place to one side.
  4. In a small saucepan put the golden syrup, molasses, unsalted butter and sugar together and stir together on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted, once done put aside for a minute to cool a little.
    Ingredients ready for melting
  5. After a minute, add the melted ingredients to your bowl of flour. Add your egg and mix, until everything is well incorporated. Add a drop of milk to the batter to loosen it a little so it’s at dropping consistency.
  6. Pop your cake in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Checking once 30 minutes is up as some ovens are hotter than others. You want your cake to have a rich golden colour to it and a pick to come out clean when inserted.
  7. Take it out of the oven and leave it to fully cool in its tin.
    sticky gingerbread cooling
  8. Directions for the icing
  9. Once the cake is cool, measure out your icing sugar into a small bowl and zest a small lemon and add it to the icing sugar. Juice half of this lemon and mix everything together, until you have a liquid that’s pourable.
  10. Using a teaspoon drizzle the icing over your cake and serve.
  11. This cake will keep in an airtight tin for 5 days


Author: Emma

I make, photograph and write every post on Bake Then Eat. If you ever come over to visit you will be presented with a plethora of home bakes, expect to leave my home a few pounds heavier and with a doggy bag!

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    • Hi Maureen thanks for stopping by 🙂 You’ll love it when you make it as this is a lovely sticky gingerbread its all the golden syrup and molasses added to it.

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  1. Oh my goodness this looks amazing, I love gingerbread cookies so I’m sure this is wonderful!

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    • Hi Michelle, I’m sure you will love it, especially if you love gingerbread cookies, this sticky gingerbread is to die for!

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  2. This looks incredible Emma! I love gingerbread – it always reminds me of fall and the holidays 🙂 This ginger brownie version sounds fantastic and looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Hi Kelly, gingerbread also reminds me of autumn and winter I think it’s because it’s a lovely warming spice. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    • Hi Bintu, strangely my other half is similar not a big dessert man but he loves this and eats the lot in a very short space of time!

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    • Hi Laura, you are so right it is a comforting food at this time of year! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  3. I have to make this recipe this Christmas. Glad I found this right before Christmas. Now to the stores for ingredients. My family would love this. Can’t wait.

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    • Hi Kim, I hope you and your family enjoyed it when you made it it’s a lovely recipe one of my favourites 🙂

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  4. Sticky ginerbread is really a Great cook at this time of the year, It has several health benifits too

    Glad you covered it.

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    • Hi Sahil, thank you very much it is a lovely festive treat 😀

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  5. really loved the recipe emma. Lots of love 🙂

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  6. This is it – the Holy Grail!

    Thanks for posting this – it’s exactly what I was looking for.

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  7. I will try this guys, thanks for the recipe…
    I found this site on google while searching about gingerbread recipes.

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    • Hi Bicara, thank you 🙂 I’m glad you found us!

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  8. Ahhhh Finally! Just what I was looking for .. Cant wait to try ..thanks! 🙂

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