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Brown Sugar Ginger Cake

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5 from 14 reviews

A beautifully golden ginger loaf cake with brown sugar, super moist by the syrup that is infused while the cake is hot. Sweet and spicy, it's simply delectable! It can be frozen and lasts for days.

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings



For the brown sugar loaf cake:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Ginger Honey syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 oz fresh, peeled ginger, chopped or sliced


For the brown sugar loaf cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Butter or spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan.
  3. Line with a strip of parchment paper, covering the pan's bottom and two short sides. The two long sides will remain unlined but greased. This will help remove the cake from the pan after it’s baked. 
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Add to the egg mixture in three additions, alternating with milk and vanilla in two additions.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. It will become shiny on top.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack, poke the surface of the loaf with a wooden brochette skewer, cake thermometer, or something similar, and pour 1/2 of the honey syrup on top of the hot cake.
  10. Brush the remaining half so that the top surface is well covered.
  11. Let cool before removing from the pan. If the sides are stuck from the syrup, run a smooth-bladed knife around the edges so that it unmolds without breaking.

For the ginger honey syrup:

  1. Put three ingredients in a small saucepan, cover, and boil for about 5 minutes. It depends a lot on how thick you want the syrup.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the ginger cool in the syrup.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use. Bring it to room temperature when you want to use it, or microwave it for 20 seconds or so before pouring it onto the cake.


  • Brown sugar: being the star of this cake, I want to clarify that any type of brown sugar can be used. I usually favor a darker one, but lately, I haven't been able to find it, so light sugar it is. The difference is in the depth of flavor. I find that darker sugar has a more pronounced caramel/molasses flavor, and that translated to the cake. But they all work.
  • Milk: Whole, low fat, and almond milk, all work.
  • Bundt or round cake: double the recipe and use a 10-cup bundt cake pan or a 9-inch round one.
  • Syrup: you can add the room t° syrup to a hot cake or a hot syrup on a room temperature cake. That way it will seep and better infuse the cake batter.
  • Storing: the cake can be frozen (well wrapped) or kept at room temperature for 2 days, well wrapped.
  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: International


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 314
  • Sugar: 31.8 g
  • Sodium: 109.6 mg
  • Fat: 9.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 67 mg