Gingerbread, Margaret Thatcher and Kerstin Rodgers

You may be wondering what the connection is between all three. Well the answer is that Kerstin Rodgers has invited me down to her famous ‘Underground Restaurant’ to help bake a few things for her Diva event Margaret Thatcher Afternoon Tea 28th January.  Are you coming?

As “This lady is not for turning” I accepted her invitation.

Doing a bit of research I found out that Grantham, where MT came from, is the home of Gingerbread. Grantham Gingerbread was originally said to be paler in colour than the more Molasses style of ginger bread, so I set to and put t’oven on and did a little practice with some Stem Ginger and a simple sponge cake recipe.

The Gent, Son and I had a slice at lunch time while it was still warm. This cake would work perfectly as a dessert.

Light Stem Ginger Cake

  • 180g Butter ( softened)
  • 180g Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 med sized eggs (beaten)
  • 180 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger ( be daring and add more if you like)
  • 1 Tablespoon Stem Ginger Syrup
  • 3 Pieces of Stem Ginger chopped
  • 1 tablespoon milk (optional)


Preheat t’oven to 180g Fan assisted and line an 8ins square cake tin.

  1. Mix together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy
  2. Gradually add the beaten eggs adding some flour to help prevent curdling
  3. Fold in the remaining flour and Ground Ginger
  4. Add the Stem Ginger Syrup and 2/3rds of the Chopped Ginger, mix until well combined
  5. The mixture should have a dropping consistency, add the milk if it isn’t
  6. Put the cake mixture into the baking tin
  7. Top with the remaining Chopped Stem Ginger
  8. Bake in the over for 25 – 30 mins, or until baked. Checking with a skewer in the centre of the cake, which must come out clean.

Leave to cool, or eat nice and warm as a dessert with Crème Fraiche or a great big dollop of Custard.


8 thoughts on “Gingerbread, Margaret Thatcher and Kerstin Rodgers

  1. My husband has just informed me that despite all my baking which he loves ( he dare not say otherwise!) his favourite cake is ginger so I have been on the lookout for recipes. I agtree with frugal feeding it looks lighter than one I have done many moons ago and so I think I will give it a go.

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