How To Make Golden Syrup Cake

This golden syrup cake is an amazing cake for anyone who loves those Tate & Lyle sticky ginger cakes. I don’t know where I got this guide on how to make golden syrup cake from, I only know that it originates from food rationing during World War II.

The government had a department that thought up recipes that women could make with the food available. With the limited choices, this was a fantastic treat. This makes quite a large golden syrup cake, which is moist and gives you a wonderful hit of ginger. The gorgeous taste of the golden syrup cake is so comforting. It only has one egg as these were rationed. It is also made with a lot of margarine instead of butter.

The first time I made it my golden syrup cake I must admit I did not think it would work and I was surprised how lovely it is, especially if you love golden syrup. You should be able to get 14-16 slices out of this golden syrup cake unless you have people in your house, like mine who like a large slice.


  • 300g Margarine, plus a little extra for greasing the tin
  • 400g Golden Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 130g Plain Flour
  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 rounded tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 rounded tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 110g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 175ml Warm Water


  1. Preheat the oven to 150C/gas 2.
  2. Grease and line a 26cm cake tin.
  3. Gently melt the margarine and golden syrup in a pan.
  4. Beat the egg.
  5. In a mixing bowl place the flours, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt and soft dark brown sugar.
  6. Mix at a slow speed, gradually pour in the melted margarine and syrup mixture, then add the beaten egg.
  7. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in 175ml of warm water, then add to the bowl, with the mixer still running. The warm water activates the bicarbonate, you will see when you turn the mixer off all the lovely bubbles, which are going to make the cake lovely and moist.
  8. Bake in the oven for an hour, or until a cocktail stick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If it does not, bake for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack to cool before eating.

I hope you enjoy my guide on how to make golden syrup cake x


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