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Sophie Vowles' light ginger cake

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  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood free
  • Soy free
  • Sesame free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free

Coles Cooking Club member Sophie Vowles shares her delicious light ginger cake. It’s the perfect thing for morning or afternoon tea.

  • Serves10
  • Cook time40 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes, + Cooling time
Sophie Vowles' light ginger cake, thickly sliced


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbs golden syrup or treacle
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated
  • Lemon zest, to serve


  • 15g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (240g) icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • 2 tbs lemon juice

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 10cm x 21cm loaf pan and line the base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Step 2

    Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the egg and beat to combine. Combine milk and bicarbonate of soda in a jug. Add to the egg mixture with the flour, ginger, golden syrup or treacle and lemon rind. Stir to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  3. Step 3

    Bake for 30-40 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Step 4

    To make the icing, place the butter and icing sugar in a bowl. Stir in the lemon juice to make a smooth paste.
  5. Step 5

    Spread icing over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down sides. Sprinkle the cake with lemon zest. Cut into slices to serve.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 1769kJ/423 Cals (20%)

Protein: 5g (10%)

Fat: 13g (19%)

Sat fat: 8g (33%)

Carb: 74g (24%)

Sugar: 51g (57%)

Fibre: 1g (3%)

Sodium: 330mg (17%)