This simple Gingerbread Bundt Cake with toffee sauce is perfect for Christmas and will stay lovely and fresh for a few days – if you don’t polish it off immediately of course.
All gingerbread lovers must make my Gingerbread cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting!
Now that we are safely in December and the advent calendars are out, it feels totally normal to be in the festive spirit. I have spied decorated trees in windows all around my neighbourhood already – and we are debating whether to get ours tomorrow.
The picking of the tree is the moment that makes Christmas for me – walking around a lot debating the merits of the various trees before finding ‘the one’ to bring home and decorate.
The decorating is the next big festive milestone – an excuse to listen to Christmas songs with hot chocolate (for the kids) and cocktails (for the adults). I have a bit of an obsession with twinkly lights as well – every year getting more and yet, somehow, never having enough. It doesn’t help that the Christmas tree also gets bigger every year…
Baking is always big in my house, but it kicks into overdrive in December – cookies, cakes and all things gingerbread perfuming the house with the aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, star anise and nutmeg.
CRAZY FOR GINGERBREAD? TRY THESE RECIPES
HAVE YOU MADE MY GINGERBREAD BUNDT CAKE?
Gingerbread Bundt Bake with Toffee Sauce
- 300 g | 10.5oz soft dark brown sugar
- 300 g | 10.5oz plain all purpose flour
- 150 g | 5.3oz black treacle or use light molasses
- 160 g | 5.6oz cold unsalted butter cubed
- 180 ml | 6fl oz milk
- 60 ml | 2fl oz fresh orange juice 1 medium orange
- 3 large eggs
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp butter and a little flour for the cake tin
- handful star anise to decorate optional
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Melt 1 tbsp of butter on the stove or microwave and brush the inside of a 25cm (10in) bundt tin. Add a little flour and tap the tin to coat. Shake out any excess.
- Put the sugar, treacle, milk, orange juice and zest in a large pot and heat gently, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
- Take off the heat, add the cubed butter and stir until melts.
- Add the eggs and use a hand whisk to mix them in until incorporated.
- Sift in the flour, spices, soda bicarbonate and salt. Fold them in until you have a smooth, fairly thin, batter.
- Pour into the prepared bundt tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is risen, firm on top and a skewer inserted in the deepest part of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the tin for 10 minutes then carefully turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Drizzle with some toffee sauce or a simple glaze made with icing sugar and orange juice. Decorate with star anise or perhaps some frosted cranberries. The cake keeps really well in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days.