This delicious gluten-free cake has a warm spicy flavour from its three types of ginger - fresh, crystallised and dried. The flavour improves when the cake is kept for a few days, so it is great as a bake ahead treat.
This recipe is based on the Ginger Butter Cake in Williams-Sonoma "Essentials of baking" p 100.
140g crystallised ginger, minced 80ml Grand Marnier 250g gf flour (40%urid, 40% tapioca, 20% cornmeal) 3 tsp baking powder 2 tsp ground ginger 185g unsalted butter, room temperature 150g icing sugar 1 tbsp golden or agave syrup 4 large eggs, at room temperature Grated zest 1 orange 7.5cm piece of fresh ginger, grated 125 ml milk
Preheat oven to 170C (fan) (338F) Line 2 small or one large loaf tin with baking parchment
Soak the minced crystallised ginger in a bowl with the Grand Marnier for at least ten minutes.
Sift together dry ingredients.
Combine butter, sugar and syrup and beat by hand or mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add orange zest and grated ginger. Stir in flour mixture, milk and crystallised ginger in Grand Marnier.
Spread batter into tins. Bake until the cake is set when you insert a knife - about 40 minutes for small tins, 55 for the larger tin. If the cake is getting too brown while it still isn't cooked lower the heat.
Cool in the pan for five minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cover with a damp towel if you want the outside to stay soft when it cools - otherwise you get a slightly crisp edge.
Dust with icing sugar if desired.