Monday, August 18, 2014

Light Ginger Fruit Cake

Do you like ginger?  I adore ginger in most formats - the only ginger I am not keen on is pickled ginger from sushi shops.

I have bought all kinds of curious ginger products as a result of my ginger worship, including most recently ginger syrup that I put on porridge and icecream.

A few years ago, I bought two bottles of Rochester's non-alcoholic ginger drink from the Good Food and Wine Show. There was a deal on if you bought two; the problem was, I have had trouble using my ginger drinks up, as the flavour is not as smooth as the ginger syrup, and hence I am not that fond of drinking it.

However, when I saw The Caked Crusader's Light Ginger Fruit Cake recipe, using ginger wine, I knew exactly what I would use some of my Rochester ginger drink for - to make this lovely cake.
TCC says that you can use 200ml of ginger wine for a spongy cake or 400ml for a pudding-y cake.  There was no debate here - it was pudding-y all the way!
I swapped around the quantities of raisins and sultanas because that is what I had.  The fruit soaks overnight in the ginger drink, which plumps up the fruit and makes the cake moist.
Doesn't it look devine:
And it tasted as good as it looks.  This cake is a keeper - I'd definitely make it again.  TCC suggests you really can eat it like pudding with cream and icecream, but I loved this cake just as it was, with no adornment.


Kari said...

No wonder the ginger chocolate appealed ;) I have come to enjoy ginger more with age but do now really like it - as I don't like regular fruit cake this may well suit me more.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh this will be for Christmas or Mr NQN's next birthday because he loves ginger and he loves fruit cake! :D

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a wonderful cake, I could eat this any time of the day.

Johanna GGG said...

I love ginger in cakes and sweet drinks but sometimes avoid it in savoury meals - yet I usually enjoy it when I have it - and I do love the pickled sushi - this cake sound just lovely - E used to love crabbie's green ginger wine and wonder if it would work here.

Kayte said...

I love ginger...all kinds of ginger, even the pickled ginger! This cake looks delicious and would be a great addition to the holiday fare this year.