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Lemongrass & Ginger Cake

Saturday, 7 February 2009

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This wonderful cake recipe is by Catherine Hudspith who won the Market Kitchen Summer 2008 baking competition. I came across this recipe on TV and have been dying to try it out ever since. The cake was so soft and moist and the aroma was just amazing. The ginger and lemongrass gave it a very nice spicy kick. Love all the flavours of this cake. My only complaint of this cake is that it's a bit too sweet for my taste, I would suggest cutting back on the sugar. Hmm..,maybe because I misread the instructions and put the tbs of stem ginger syrup in the cake instead of the syrup.

I did not pour all the syrup over the cake to let it absorb as I think it would be too sweet. Instead, I microwaved a slice for 20-30s, drizzled a bit of the syrup and served...yum yum. This cake is perfect for winter days and will definitely cure your winter blues! We enjoyed it very much and finished the cake in 2 days among the 3 of us! I am already craving for it again. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Recipe from Market Kitchen, Catherine Hudspith.

  • 175g Unsalted Butter - softened at room temperature
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 75g Stem Ginger - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 4 tbsp Lemongrass and Ginger Cordial (Bottlegreen brand)
  • 1 tbsp Stem Ginger Syrup (this was suppose to be added in the syrup, but...)

  • 6 tbsp Lemongrass and Ginger Cordial (Bottlegreen brand)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 stick Lemon Grass - bashed
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Water
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  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Sift together baking powder and self-raising flour.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Alternate adding eggs and flour mixture as you beat.
  • Stir in stem ginger and ground ginger with a spatula.
  • Mix in 4 tbs of cordial and stem ginger syrup.
  • Pour batter into a greased baking pan.
  • Bake for 35 mins or until done. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle, should come out clean if done. (I used a 9-inch pan, so it only took 35 mins.)
  • Leave to cool.
For the syrup:

  • Place all ingredients for syrup in a saucepan.
  • Bring to boil then remove from heat. Leave to cool.
  • Pour over cake and serve!
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Joie de vivre said...

What a nice presentation with the lemon zest on the plate. Very light and colorful!

Bob said...

That sounds/looks wicked good! I don't know if I could get all those ingredients in Boston though.

5 Star Foodie said...

Beautiful cake! I have to get some of that lemon and ginger cordial.

Elra said...

Awww, this sounds so excotic!

Sara said...

This is beautiful. I love lemongrass but I've only used it in savory applications.

duodishes said...

Wow a cordial! Now doesn't that sound magical. The cake looks really scrumptious.

Tangled Noodle said...

I can almost taste it! Do you or anyone else have any suggestions for substitutes if we can't find the cordial?

i bake for you :) said...

Ginger and lemon grass cordial?? I've never seen nor heard about that before! Mmm. I love ginger and lemongrass! :)

Tartelette said...

That cordial sounds amazing! The cake is gorgeous and with all the flavors I love!

noobcook said...

beautiful cake and photos ... I loved the deco of sliced ginger on top :D

Reeni♥ said...

I am loving the cordial!! It's a really beautiful cake! Your pictures are gorgeous. It looks so light and refreshing.

Girl Japan said...

Lemon Grass is the best smell in the world.. next to Ginger.... The cake is stunning as so are your photos!!!

Sharon said...

We see the same cakes over and over again but this is definitely a unique and tasty sounding flavor combination!

Sophie said...

This looks like a beautiful cake! What a nice presentation! Looks so good,....

Margaret said...

She definitely deserved to win with this cake.
You have presented it beautifully.
I am a huge fan of Bottle Green Cordials.

tigerfish said...

Lemongrass cake? That's my first hearing it.

lisaiscooking said...

Ginger and lemongrass--that sounds fantastic! Your cake looks delicious too.

Christelle said...

What a great cake! :))
I have been using lemongrass in desserts for a while now, and it is truly a magical ingredient!!!

chuck said...

This cake sounds amazing. I have never used lemongrass in a dessert before. Can't wait to give it a try!

DK said...

Lemongrass in a cake! Wow! Thats innovative. Never even thought of such a combo. A must try for me. Thanks for sharing.

Grace said...

saving some syrup to drizzle on to taste was a good idea. it looks like a super-moist creation even without the entire batch of the sweet stuff. :)

mycookinghut said...

Looks like a yummy cake! I love ginger and lemongrass.

Wild Boar said...

I have to admit I was a bit sceptical when Pig Pig said she was gonna make this cake, but it turned out really well and it was gone in under 48 hours!

And yeah it was really moist.

Heather said...

that cordial sounds delicious! what a lovely combination for a cake!

Passionate About Baking said...

I'm sold on the's gorgeoaus. Beautiful flavours. Very yummy indeed. Cheers Deeba

pigpigscorner said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! This is truly an amazing creation by Catherine, full of wonderful flavours.

Tangled Noodle: You can probably make some syrup with ginger and bashed lemongrass and use it in the cake.

Maggie said...

The cake looks wonderful, ginger and lemongrass are so good together I'm sure it tases as good as it looks. I have to look to see if I can get the cordial in the states.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

My husband loves both ginger and lemongrass so he would adore this, thanks for recipe! :)

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Mmmm sounds fantastic. I love ginger flavour in cakes and have even paired it with a peppermint frosting.

Jude said...

I'm guessing this smells intoxicating while it bakes. Never heard of lemongrass and ginger in a cake before!

Angie said...

I love the ginger and lemongrass combo. Will mark this recipe for my next baking project. Thanks:)

Anonymous said...

I have just found this site for hte first time...the cake looks great! The bottlegreen Ginger & Lemongrass cordial is pretty easy to is in all the main supermarkets as i buy it all the time! its great with hot or cold water but I had never thought about adding it to a cake before! thanks for the idea :)

Lucy Wiltshire said...

Hi Pig Pigs Corner. I work for Bottlegreen and would love to add this to our blog and include your cake picture....I wasnt sure how to contact you? My e-mail is if you would like to contact me. If anyone else has any ideas using our bottlegreen cordials please do get in touch and we can post them on our website ....we also have a number of recipes featured that you maybe interested in trying. Many thanks, Lucy

Kevin said...

That cake looks good. I would not have thought to use lemongrass in a dessert. I will have to try.

raquel said...

two of my favorite ingredients: lemongrass and ginger. i will definitely have to try this! looks delicious!!

pigpigscorner said...

Maggie: The cake is really delicious! Good luck with the search!

Lorraine:They are perfect together! I hope your husband likes them in desserts!

Marc: oo...peppermint frosting sounds good with ginger cakes!

Jude: My first time making this and using those ingredients in desserts! It's really worth a try!

Angie: No problem! Hope you like it too!

Anonymous: Thanks for visiting! This is my first time buying this cordial. It's really nice. Might try the other flavours next time!

Lucy: Thanks for contacting!

Kevin: Me too! But it was really good in cakes. Very fragrant.

raquel: Thank you! It was really delicious! said...

Waw! beautiful cake with excellent presentation

alice said...

Totally gourgeous. What a great use for the cordial. And I'm off to check out the Asian food gallery now.

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