Jamaican ginger cake with vanilla custard

The ginger cake is one of my guilty pleasures, and even though it is common to have at Christmas, I could eat it year-round. This cake is inspired by the classic Mcvities Jamaican ginger cake, sticky, sweet and delicious. Homemade is much better as you avoid all those artificial nasties that are added to commercial cakes. Make sure not to overcook the cake; otherwise, it may become dry. Serve this yummy pudding cold with hot custard or hot with ice cream. This cake is an excellent alternative to gingerbread men as the flavours are similar, but the ginger cake can be made in less time.  

Not everyone likes Christmas cake with raisins, fruit peel and brandy cream, so why not try out this lovely ginger Christmas cake? It is moist, delicious, and a great alternative on Christmas day. You can serve it with custard, cream, ice cream or have it with a cup of tea/coffee. The method is easy, and I assure you, it will be used for many years to come. It doesn't have to be just a christmas cake, it can be used all year round, it really is a special treat to have as a family, due to the use of ginger and all spice it will leave your tummy feeling warm and cosy.  


  • Soft butter (65g)
  • Room temperature egg (1)
  • Treacle (115ml)
  • Sugar (50g) 
  • Plain flour (150g)
  • Bicarbonate of soda (1 tsp)
  • Ground cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • Ground ginger (1 tsp) 
  • Salt (1/2 tsp)
  • Hot water (125ml)


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and grease a square tin around 9inch.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar, add in the egg and treacle.
  3. Put the flour, bicarb, salt, cinnamon and ginger in another bowl, then pour the mixture into the other bowl and mix well. Stir in hot water and pour into the prepared baking tray.
  4. Cook for 1 hour until cooked through, then serve with cream, custard or ice cream and enjoy!

Jamaican Ginger Cake (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is Jamaican ginger cake suitable for freezing? 

Yes this ginger cake is suitable for freezing. After cooking allow it to cool then freeze straight away, consume within 2 months.

Can you eat Jamaican ginger cake cold?

You can eat Jamaican ginger cake hot or cold, we like it cold with a coffee or hot with custard or ice cream!

Which company makes ginger cake?

There are many companies that make and sell Jamaican ginger cake but McVities Jamaican ginger cake is considered the original best cake and is known for its moist sweet loaf cake.

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