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Sticky Gingerbread Loaf Cake Recipe

One of our family’s favourite loaf cakes to bake is a sticky gingerbread cake. It reminds me of Christmas whatever time of the year we have it and this recipe is so simple. It makes two 2lb gingerbread loaves one of which we freeze and have at a later date. As it’s so moist it also lasts really well and is a perfect treat for having with a coffee and a book on an afternoon or evening. So here we go we’re sharing with you our traditional sticky gingerbread loaf cake recipe.

Old fashioned super moist Gingerbread Loaf Just like Grandmother Made
Old Fashioned Gingerbread Loaf Cake just Like Grandma Made

Sticky Gingerbread Cake

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If you’ve never had a tradition gingerbread loaf then you’re in for a real treat and have been missing out.

super moist gingerbread loaf cake
Super moist gingerbread loaf cake

Unlike Gingerbread Cookies this is really moist and rich, and is the perfect way to make the house smell fantastic as you cook.

To make the best of the cake you really need to have the right ingredients and it’s made with 2 that I stock up in time for our Christmas baking black treacle and golden syrup.

How to Freeze the Ginger Cake Loaves

This is one of the best things about this recipe that it can be frozen. This recipe makes two loaves. Once which we eat now and the other goes in the freezer to pull out later.

Once you have baked the ginger cake in a loaf tin leave it to cool.

Once fully cooled, it’s time to wrap in greaseproof paper, then foil and put in the freezer.

old fashioned sticky gingerbread loaf
Old fashioned sticky gingerbread loaf cake recipe

When you want that extra treat.

Bring it out of the freezer and leave for around 3hrs to defrost. Just before serving I like to warm up it slightly.

So switch on the oven at the lowest heat and put it in for around 15 minutes. This will finish the defrosting and also warm it up slightly then it’s ready to share with family and friends.

Equipment Needed for Making the Ginger Cake

As said this recipe makes two 2lb cakes so I make ours in a 2lb loaf cake tin with a greaseproof liner this helps to keep it fresh as well making the washing up easier and ensuring that the cake doesn’t stick to the sides of the loaf pan.

I also use a large mixing bowl for some reason I’ve never made this cake in my stand mixer as it’s a much more liquid cake batter than you may be used to.

homemade gingerbread loaf
Homemade Sticky Ginger Cake Loaf

Sticky Gingerbread Loaf Cake

Cerys Parker
A delicious gingerbread loaf recipe for a traditional sticky ginger cake which is rich and moist.
4.13 from 96 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Cake, Cakes
Cuisine British
Servings 12 people
Calories 346 kcal


  • 2lb Loaf Pan
  • Bowl
  • Loaf Pan Liners
  • Sauce Pan


  • 150 g Unsalted Butter
  • 125 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 200 g Golden Syrup See notes on weighing Golden Syrup and Black Treacle
  • 200 g Black Treacle See notes on weighing Golden Syrup and Black Treacle
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 250 ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 2 tbsp of warm water
  • 300 g plain flour All-Purpose Flour in the USA


  • Preheat the over to 170C
  • In the saucepan melt the butter, sugar, golden syrup, black treacle and spices.
  • Once melted remove from the heat and add in the milk, eggs and dissolved bicarbonate of soda.
  • Stir to combine all liquid ingredients together.
  • In a large mixing bowl sieve in the flour.
  • Now pour in the liquid ingredients.
  • Mix the mixture well until thoroughly combined.
  • Line a 2lb loaf with a loaf pan liner.
  • Pour half the batter into the loaf pan liner.
  • If you have another tin do the same. If not wait till 1 cooks then repeat filling and cooking again.
  • Bake for 45minutes to 1hr until it's risen and firm. You want it to be sticky so better to test it at the hr point.
  • Set aside to cool and if needed make the 2nd gingerbread cake loaf.
  • Enjoy!
    just like grandmothers sticky gingerbread cake


To weight the golden syrup and black treacle I find it easiest to place the saucepan on the scales and then measure into it with these 2 ingredients.
On electric scales tare to 0 and then add the golden syrup. Once it reaches the level tare again and add in the black treacle.


Calories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 339mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 379IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 4mg
Keyword cake, easy recipes, Gingerbead, Loaf Cake
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just like grandmothers sticky gingerbread cake

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just like mcvites gingerbread loaf
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Cerys, this ginger cake is so amazing! My hubby can’t get enough of it, good I have two tins and can make a second one to keep him going haha! Thank you for your great recipes I love them xxx

    1. Fantastic Ann, I always make at least 2 if not more.

      1. I’m writing from Germany. Would like to know if I can use molasses instead of syrup etc.

        1. I have a friend in the USA that has made it with molasses instead of black treacle and it worked well. I ran out of golden syrup and used honey instead and although it changed the taste slightly it was still delicious.

  2. Amazing recipe – was concerned that the mixture was so runny, but it turned out perfectly. Added extra ginger and chopped stem ginger. Thank you

    1. I’m so glad that you loved it – yes it’s very runny to begin with but I think that adds to the moistness of it.

    2. That’s what I would love to do.

  3. Lizzie Steel says:

    Just found this recipe and blog today, and I’m so happy. I added loads of extra ginger and omitted the cinnamon just for our taste and it was perfect! Thank you!

  4. Dee Smith says:

    I made this ginger cake was lovely , only thing it didn’t last long was so good

    1. Make more 🙂 it really is my favourite cake too.

    2. The best ginger cake I’ve ever made, problem now is I’m non stop baking them for everyone as they say best ginger cake ever,! Thank you

      1. Yeah, I’m so pleased that you all enjoyed it. We love it too

  5. I made this gorgeous recipe with my children this week and it was a huge success. All 3 declared it awesome and this was added to by both my husband and I. It has gone on the firm favourite list. Due to a 5 year old impatience we tested it at 42 minutes and it was perfect. I also used the loaf tin liners and they made the cleaning up process a doddle. Thank you!

    1. I am so glad that it was a hit for you as well.

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