I first made this cake for a book club meet-up and it went down so well I made it one December weekend as well. And that’s also when I tweaked the recipe to what it is below. The original recipe called for lingonberry jam which I omitted even the first time, but I thought the spices could come through a bit more as well and after my tweaks I’m very happy with it!
So next time you want a festive cake, try this! I promise it’s a welcome change from mince pies and other cakes heavy on dried fruit. This is still a spiced cake but much lighter and, dare I say – fresher – with its cream cheese frosting and juice bursting pomegranate seeds!
Gingerbread sponge with cream cheese frosting and pomegranate seeds, serves 8
Adapted from Brinken Bakars recipe.
75 g butter
1 1/2 eggs
135 g caster sugar
125 g plain flour
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150 g buttermilk
Pre-heat the oven to 175C. Butter a baking tin. Melt the butter and put aside. Mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and bicarb in a bowl. In another bowl whisk eggs and sugar pale and fluffy with an electric whisk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well. Add the buttermilk and lastly the melted butter and mix well. Pour the batter into the baking tin and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
75 g softened salted butter
80 g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
150 g cold cream cheese (preferably full fat Philadelphia)
110 g pomegranate seeds
Cream the butter for approx 5 minutes using an electric whisk. Add icing sugar and vanilla and beat for another few minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat until well incorporated.
Let the cake cool and put it on a cake plate. Spread the frosting on top and decorate with pomegranate seeds.