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Lemon Ginger Cake

November 23, 2016

Moist lemon pound cake with the fresh aroma of ginger makes for a perfect snack any time of the day.

Super Moist Lemon Ginger Cake

As much as I love over-the-top cakes, there’s something comforting in the simplicity of a basic cake alongside a cup of coffee or tea. This is a moist, slightly sticky cake with a crunchy crust, lemon tang, and just a little bit of fresh ginger for a subtle warmth.

The lemon flavor is prominent, while the fresh ginger adds a delicate aroma that is mostly in the background. You can add more ginger if you like, either fresh or ground, but don’t add too much or the cake will be too spicy. You can also enhance the flavor by mixing into the batter a few tablespoons of finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Super Moist Lemon Ginger Cake

The strong lemon flavor comes from the use of both lemon zest and juice along with a syrup soaked onto the top of the cake, making it wonderfully moist and sticky and fresh for longer. It also gives it an appealing shiny look.

The flavors actually get stronger after a day or two, making the cake even better.

Super Moist Lemon Ginger Cake

Lemon Ginger Cake
Yields: 1 loaf
 
Moist lemon pound cake with the fresh aroma of ginger makes for a perfect snack any time of the day.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (200 g/7 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (175 g/6.2 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated peeled ginger
  • ½ cup (1 stick/113g) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
Syrup:
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons water
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 320F/160C. Grease an 8½ x 4¼-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Set bowls aside.
  3. In another small bowl, toss together sugar, lemon zest, and grated ginger using your fingers until well combined or process the mixture in a food processor. This step is necessary to get the flavors out of the lemon and ginger.
  4. Using a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and lemon-sugar mixture. Beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Occasionally scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, beat in half of the flour mixture, followed by the milk mixture, and then the rest of the flour mixture. Do not over mix.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If the top is browning too fast while baking, cover pan loosely with aluminum foil. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before adding the syrup.
  6. To make the syrup: While cake is in the oven, prepare the syrup. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, lemon juice, and water. Cook on medium-low heat until sugar dissolves and syrup forms. Set aside to cool.
  7. While cake is still warm, poke the top a few times with a toothpick, then brush with syrup. Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack. The syrup makes it extra moist, so if it’s cut while still warm, it may crumble.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    November 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Lemon and ginger…my two favourite things. Will be trying for sure.

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    Maraia
    December 6, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Could I switch out the lemon and ginger for an orange loaf?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 7, 2016 at 6:59 am

      You could, but I like to use both zest and and juice for an orange cake. Using only zest gives a subtle flavor. I have two great recipes if you’d like to try them, one for orange muffins and the other for an orange almond cake.

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    Basira
    April 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    hey Shiran! Thanks for your recipe. I don’t trust any recipe but I tried this and it turned out good. Such a fresh smell of lemon and ginger. I will try your other recipes and let you and your readers know. Just the syrup crystallized and gave a bad look to the cake 🙁

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      I’m glad you like the cake, if you use the syrup on a warm cake, it shouldn’t crystallize, rather soak into the cake. But personally I also love the look of a sticky crystallized glaze!

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    Anuradha
    April 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    A beautiful recipe, while the house was filled with love and lemons, the cake once done was polished by my son, who normally would not take to anything that is not slathered in chocolate.

    Your passion for baking comes across,

    Many thanks

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 29, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Karine
    May 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I was wondering if I wanna store it overnight. What is the best option? Thx !

    • Reply
      Shiran
      May 29, 2017 at 4:39 am

      You can store it in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving.

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