Dreamy Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

As November has seemed to have snuck behind me and smacked me over the head with it’s beautiful Autumn charm nothing, I say nothing screams NOVEMBER IS HERE like a good bake.

I want to start this post with a bit of an explanation about why I made a seemingly easy traybake.

I love baking.

I love that feeling of following a set of instructions and making like, the most babin‘ cake anyone has ever seen and then basically forcing James to eat nothing but my sweet creation for the rest of the week.

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BUT… I’m not great. I mean, I’m not an awful baker but if anything went slightly wrong I’m like THAT’S IT it’s going to taste like garbage and I recreate a moment similar to the Great British Bake Off where Ian famously threw the Baked Alaska in the bin.

Another issue of mine is icing – every time I see these amazing videos on Facebook of cake icing in less than 10 seconds and I’m all you got this boo. 20 minutes, 2kg of icing and an avalanche of mess later and my cake looks as if it’s been attacked by a five year old with an icing bag. With a blind fold. Left handed.

So I love creating things that look natural and effortless because well, it normally is as effortless as it can get. Literally not even joking with that one.

I had so much fun making this because hello basically pretending to be Tanya Burr with an imaginary cook book k thnx bye.

Two Cats One Flat Blog Ginger And Treacle Spiced Bake Fashion Beauty Lifestyle Blogger

Two Cats One Flat Blog Ginger And Treacle Spiced Bake Fashion Beauty Lifestyle Blogger

Ingredients

  • 225g (8oz) softened butter 
  • 175g (6oz) light muscovado sugar 
  • 200g (7oz) black treacle 
  • 300g (11oz) self-raising flour 
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 level teaspoon ground mixed spice 
  • 1 level teaspoon ground allspice 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 4 tablespoons milk 
  • 3 finely chopped bulbs of stem ginger from a jar

For the icing

  • 75g (3oz) icing sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons stem ginger syrup from the jar 
  • 3 finely chopped bulbs of stem ginger from a jar

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Two Cats One Flat Blog Ginger And Treacle Spiced Bake Fashion Beauty Lifestyle Blogger

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 4. Grease a 30×23 cm (12x9in) traybake or roasting tin, then line the base with baking parchment. This was SO handy for not sticking to the tray I could literally lift the cake out as soon as it had baked (not recommended though, I nearly cracked the cake).

Put all the ingredients for the traybake into a large bowl and beat until well blended. Like literally all of it all in one go – turn the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the bowl with a plastic spatula to remove all the mixture. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 35–40 minutes, or until the cake has shrunk from the sides of the tin and springs back when pressed in the centre with your fingertips. Mine literally cooked perfectly bang on 35 minutes but depending on your oven it’s always best to check. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the ginger syrup and mix until the icing is smooth and has a spreading consistency (Which I didn’t do haha). Pour the icing over the cake, spread it gently to the edges with a small palette knife and sprinkle with the chopped stem ginger to decorate. Allow the icing to set before slicing the traybake into 15–20 pieces.

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Things to note

Serious point this one – be prepared for how Autumnal this going to make you feel. Literally like run outside in your biggest snuggly jumper, find the biggest pile of autumn leaves and throw in the air kind of Autumnal.

Coffee is fantastic to accompany the cake – basically recreating Pumpkin Spiced Latte because FFS Starbucks why do you always give us something good and then take it away so soon? Crying emoji all day, every day.

I guess the elegant way to eat these is on a plate with a fork but I usually just eat these straight from their Tupperware (so super classy yuh huh).

You just do you boo.

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6 thoughts on “Dreamy Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

  1. Absolutely love this post! This sounds so delicious and your posts never fail to make me laugh! Im with you on the i Love baking but it needs to be easy siutation! 😂🙈 xx

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  2. This looks so good! I absolutely love ginger, especially during Autumn. The only drawback is, my ginger treats never hang around for very long–they’re just too tasty! This cake is certainly on my ‘To Bake List’.

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  3. This was such a great read and the cake looks so so good!! I love ginger cake so I think I need to try this. I need Pumpkin spiced latte back in my life toooo, it’s too much tragedy that it only exists for like one/two months aha! Great post 🙂 xx

    Tash
    natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

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