cake dates at home: easy-to-follow recipes at baking mad;

A slightly different take on my traditional ‘cake date’ posts for you today, after I was asked to choose one of the delicious recipes at and “make it my own”. With hundreds of cake recipes to choose from – from Victoria sponge to how to make cupcakes – I was so spoiled for choice that I decided just to stick to the site’s recipe of the month: gingerbread with orange drizzle.

I’m not posting the whole recipe here because the whole point of this post is to get you to visit Baking Mad – which, if you have any interest in home baking, you really should do. Run by baking brands Allinson and Silver Spoon, the site is a great resource for recipes, videos, tips and advice, as well as a thriving little community of like-minded cake lovers.

The recipe is for a rich, treacly gingerbread which got the seal of approval from colleagues and family (like, I was under orders not to throw out the bit left over at the end of the day seal of approval) and the orange glaze gives it a yummy, zesty kick. I didn’t quite follow the provided recipe after I saw how much crystallised ginger was going for, but nobody seemed to mind.

There’s not much I love more than melted together butter and sugar, which explains a lot…

If anyone has any tips for preventing treacle and golden syrup from doing this to the tins, let me know?


I used a loaf tin instead of the square one called for by the recipe, which meant I had a little batter left over, but it didn’t affect the consistency or baking time of the cake in any way and probably made it easier to cut. Since I couldn’t find the orange essence called for in the recipe either I instead squeezed a little of the juice from the orange I had grated for zest into the icing sugar and it was delicious.


Definitely a site I’ll be using again – perhaps to try that Victoria sponge next??

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Disclosure: Baking Mad sent me some baking supplies in exchange for this post, but all opinions and photography are my own. None of what I was sent was actually used in this cake, although I did eat the entire bag of jelly drops at my desk that afternoon. It was a trying day…



  1. May 29, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    I really like the look of that cake!

    • May 30, 2013 / 10:33 am

      I heartily recommend it – as does everybody I work with (!).

  2. Martina Evans
    December 8, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    That cake looks fab! I too like golden syrup, especially in cakes & sweet treats 🙂