Jamaican Ginger Cake - Ellas Better Bakes (2023)

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Imagine... a rich, sticky, Jamaican Ginger Cake, full of dark rum, juicy sultanas, chunks of ginger and deep spices and topped with a rum syrup.
Tempted? Then this is the recipe for you!

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So my Jamaican Ginger Cake is a bit different from the norm because it contains lots of lovely dark rum. Yo ho ho (sorry, just felt the need). Jamaican Ginger Cake with Dark Rum. It can only end well.

This recipe also includes juicy sultanas, which are pre-soaked in rum beforehand and are therefore nicely rehydrated with swollen rum bellies. We also have chunks of stem ginger plus their syrup and a rich rum syrup is finally poured over the top of the cake giving it a squishy, moist top. Yum.

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Sultanas are used because I was reminded how delish they are after my last post, Apple Crumble Tartlets. Quite honestly, they are my current fad (pun genuinely unintended!).

This recipe has gone down very well with the household. Son number one virtually lived on McVitie's Jamaican Ginger Cake as a child (we should've bought shares in the company), so it has always been a firm favourite of ours.

Even better though, of course, when home made instead of shop bought.

Hope you also enjoy lovely people xx

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Why Make This Jamiacan Ginger Cake?

Rich, sticky, dark ginger cake ✔️

Flavoured with dark rum ✔️

Dotted with juicy sultanas ✔️

Full of ginger flavours and chunks ✔️

Improves with age ✔️

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Ingredients and Substitutions

Stem ginger: we use stem ginger in this cake as it adds a lovely genuine flavour. We also add some of the syrup. As noted below under "Variations", you can use fresh ginger if you prefer.

Plain (all-purpose) flour: to give our Jamaican Ginger Cake its structure.

Ground spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. What a fiery little mix! If you are baking this ginger loaf cake in the UK, you can replace the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with mixed spice.

Fine salt: brings out the flavours in our cake.

Unsalted butter: we don't add too much butter to this recipe because we want a dense cake.

Treacle (molasses): utterly essential for a rich and sticky proper Jamaican Ginger Cake! This mesmerising black tar-like substance is a vital ingredient in both this ginger cake and in my Sticky Toffee and Ginger Pudding. On that note...

STOP PRESS...I feel I owe it to you all to recommend this recipe of Nigella Lawson's for Sticky Toffee Pudding if you want to make the best sticky toffee pudding.

Golden syrup (light treacle): we use golden syrup rather than sugar because it easily melts down but it also gives a caramelised and buttery flavour to our cake.

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Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda): often in baking the bicarb is sifted with the rest of the dry ingredients. For this ginger loaf cake, however, we add it to our milk and sour cream, which together then join forces as an enhanced leavening agent. Not too much baking soda is added because it is quite powerful stuff, add too much and your cake will inflate like a balloon in the oven and then sadly sink.

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Egg and an egg yolk: to emulsify and bind our cake together.

Dark muscovado sugar: another must have for this cake because it has bags of flavour. You can use light muscovado sugar if you prefer, but your ginger cake won't have quite as much depth of flavour.

Milk: milk adds moisture to our Jamaican Ginger Cake. In this cake, milk works better than yoghurt because it is lighter. You can use semi-skimmed or whole full-fat milk.

Sour cream: this adds a gentle tang to our Jamaican Ginger Cake as well as keeping it soft and moist.

Demerara sugar (optional): just a little is sprinkled over the top of the cake for crunch and decoration.


See end of post RECIPE CARD for precise quantities and instructions.

Totally SIMPLE cake to make, just a few steps...

First of all, melt your butter, sugar, syrups and treacle (molasses) over a low heat and leave to cool a little.

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Sift your flour, spices and salt and set aside.

Mix together your milk, sour cream and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and set aside.

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Add your egg and some flour mixture to your melted butter mixture and mix together.

Starting on a low setting, beat in the rest of your flour mixture.

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Next, add your milk, cream and baking soda mixture and beat in starting on a low setting.

Beat on medium-high until combined, then fold in your presoaked sultanas and chopped stem ginger balls.

Transfer to your loaf tin and bake for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Whilst baking make your dark rum syrup by heating your water and sugar together and simmering shortly on a low setting until it becomes a thick, clear syrup.

Leave your syrup to cool and then mix in your dark rum.

Then spread your rum syrup over your hot Jamaican Ginger Cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack.

Sprinkle over your Demerara sugar if using.

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Top Tips

  • Using loaf tin liners are always a good idea as they save faffing around lining the tin.
  • In order to measure your treacle and syrup without it sticking like glue to the spoon, heat your spoon in hot water first or wipe it with a thin layer of oil.
  • Ensure your eggs, sour cream and milk are at room temperature for a better rise.


Fresh ginger also works very well in this Jamaican Ginger Cake, I have made it with both stem and fresh ginger. Grate your fresh ginger very finely (I use a zester to get it extra fine) and then substitute your stem ginger balls with 3 teaspoons of grated ginger. Replace the stem ginger syrup with golden syrup.

This cake works exceptionally well with a sharp lemon icing as well, which you may want to use instead of the dark rum syrup. Simply take 50 grams of icing sugar (confectioners sugar), sift it and then mix in the zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and pour over the cake once it has totally cooled.

You can use honey instead of golden syrup if you want to. It will give your ginger cake a lovely flavour and also be a little healthier! If so, beat your honey in with your egg when you add it, rather than melting it with your butter and sugars.


The beauty of this Jamaican Ginger Cake is that it keeps extraordinary well.

In fact, ideally, wrap your cake in greaseproof (baking) parchment for a couple of days before consuming, as it definitely improves with age and becomes even more mouth-wateringly stickier and denser.

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If you want to freeze this cake it will keep for 2-3 months if stored correctly.

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Why is bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) mixed into milk and sour cream?

Mixing these three together creates additional leavening for our Jamaican Ginger Cake. There are a lot of acidic ingredients in this cake (muscovado sugar, syrups, milk and sour cream) and, as baking soda is alkaline, its job is to neutralise these acids to provide us with a tasty cake. Baking powder alone is not strong enough to achieve this because it is a mix of both baking soda and cream of tartar.

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Jamaican Ginger Cake

A rich, sticky, Jamaican Ginger Cake, full of dark rum, juicy sultanas, chunks of ginger and deep spices and topped with a rum syrup.

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Course: Dessert, Pudding

Cuisine: British

Keyword: Dark rum, Ginger cake, Loaf cake, Rum cake, Stem ginger cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings: 10 slices

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Author: Ella's Better Bakes

Alter quantities (metric only) 10 slices

Ingredients you'll need...

Jamaican Ginger Cake

  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 60 g sultanas (US = ⅓ Cup)
  • 90 g unsalted butter (US = ¼ Cup)
  • 90 g dark muscavardo sugar (US = ½ Cup packed)
  • 80 g golden syrup (4 tablespoons)
  • 90 g treacle (mollasses) (4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoon stem ginger syrup
  • 225 g plain flour (all purpose flour) (US = 1 Cup and 9½ tablespoons)
  • 3 teaspoon ground ginger (level)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (level)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (level)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt (level)
  • 1 large egg at room temperature (US = extra large)
  • ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) (level)
  • 100 ml milk (full fat or semi skimmed) (US = ¼ Cup)
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream or natural yoghurt at room temperature
  • 3 balls of stem ginger chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon demerera sugar (optional)

Dark Rum Syrup

  • 3 tablespoon water
  • tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark rum

Here's what we do...

Jamaican Ginger Cake

  • Soak your sultanas in your tablespoon of rum for 30 minutes to an hour before you begin baking.

  • Set your over to 140°C Fan/160°C/320°F/Gas mark 3.

  • Grease your loaf tin and then line it with a piece of your greaseproof (parchment) paper but cutting one piece that will sit across the long sides and base. The shorter ends of the tin will be not covered, but as the tin is greased they will be fine as long as your tin is ok.

  • Add your butter, sugar, golden syrup, stem ginger syrup and treacle to your small saucepan and melt slowly on a low heat. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then add to your mixer bowl.

  • Mix your bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), milk, and sour cream together and set aside for a few minutes so that it curdles a little.

  • Sift your flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt and set aside.

  • Add your egg to the cooled mixture in your mixer bowl along with a heaped desert spoonful of flour mixture.

  • Beat on a low setting until just combined.

  • Add the rest of your flour and beat on a medium setting for about 10 seconds until combined.

  • Add your milk mixture and beat on a low setting until combined, stop and scrape the sides and base of your bowl down with your spatula to ensure all of your mixture is incorporated

  • Beat on medium-high for 10-15 seconds, the cake batter will be quite runny.

  • Fold in your soaked sultanas and chopped stem ginger.

  • Pour your batter into your prepared tin and bake in the centre of your oven for 1 hour and 10-15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  • 10 minutes before your cake is due to come out of your oven make your dark rum syrup.

Dark Rum Syrup

  • Place your water and sugar into your small saucepan and heat over a low heat.

  • When your sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat to medium and bring to a gentle simmer.

  • Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the syrup thickens and is reduced to just a tablespoon. It should still be clear, but just a lot thicker.

  • Leave to cool and then mix in your dark rum.

  • As soon as it comes out of the oven prick holes all over your cake with a skewer and pour your rum syrup, letting it soak into the top and trickle down the sides.

  • Leave your cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before inverting it onto your cooling rack.

  • Sprinkle over your demerera sugar if using.

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Supporting Notes

  • Using loaf tin liners is always a good idea as it saves faffing around lining the tin.
  • In order to measure your treacle and syrup without it sticking like glue to the spoon, heat your spoon in hot water first or wipe it with a thin layer of oil.
  • Ensure your eggs, sour cream and milk are room temperature for a better rise.
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What is the difference between ginger cake and gingerbread cake? ›

The difference between old fashioned gingerbread recipe and ginger cake is the ingredients. Gingerbread Cake is flavored with warm spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cloves as well as molasses. Ginger Cake main ingredient is the ginger spice. The ginger cake usually doesn't have molasses in it.

Can you heat up Jamaican ginger cake? ›

Remove all packaging. Place a slice of cake (1/9th of a cake/approx 25g) on a shallow baking tray and heat on the middle shelf of the oven for 5 minutes. If heating more than 1 slice do not overlap.

How do you eat Jamaican ginger cake? ›

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Uses: Slice and serve for afternoon tea or microwave a slice on full power for 10 seconds and serve warm with custard, cream or ice cream. Sliced ginger cake can also be used in a trifle.

What does Jamaican ginger cake taste like? ›

If you haven't tried it before, Jamaican ginger cake is a delightfully spicy sweet treat that tastes similar to gingerbread, and makes a great snack with a cup of tea.

Why is it called Jamaican ginger cake? ›

So you see, the Jamaican ginger cake is not truly Jamaican. Rather it is a cake that is quite popular in Britain. The name was derived from, the actual Jamaican ginger! You see back in the days, Jamaica was one of the first countries to start producing ginger for the British.

What country is famous for gingerbread? ›

Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition.

How long does Jamaican ginger cake last? ›

Did you know our secret Jamaica Ginger Cake recipe also makes the perfect pudding? That's why we call it a Sticky Pudding Cake! Enjoy it cold with a cuppa or warm with custard - either way, It's stickily delicious! Product life guaranteed for more than 2 weeks.

Why was my ginger cake dry? ›

Most likely your gingerbread cake is dry because your oven is too hot. Check your oven with an oven thermometer and reduce the temperature accordingly if it is running hotter than you need it to be. Can this recipe be made into cupcakes? Yes!

Why do cakes get hard after cooling? ›

Don't Overmix Your Batter

The culprit behind what makes a cake tough could be overmixing your flour. Flour is the foundation of baked recipes because it provides structure. When combined with liquid and after mixing, flour's protein (gluten) begins to develop.

Does Jamaican rum cake need to be refrigerated? ›

Do I Refrigerate Rum Cake? Rum cake is a dessert that can be served cold or at room temperature with whipped cream and fresh fruit or by itself. Because of the rum in the cake, it can act as a preservative and can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature, not in direct light.

How many calories in a whole Jamaican ginger cake? ›

Energy: 362 calories

Proportion of total calories contributed by protein, carbs and fat.

Is Jamaican ginger the same as regular ginger? ›

Jamaican ginger, which is pale buff, is regarded as the best variety. African and Indian ginger is darker skinned and generally inferior, with the exception of Kenya ginger. Whole fresh roots provide the freshest taste.

Why does red velvet cake taste so good? ›

A chemical reaction between the cocoa and acid give the cake it's red color. Natural cocoa has a lot of acidities and works well with the baking soda and buttermilk. Along with a delicious chocolate flavor, the cocoa makes the cake nice and soft.

Why is red velvet cake so tasty? ›

Comparing several original recipes online, what makes red velvet different is really just the red dye and some added vinegar. The vinegar, buttermilk, cocoa, and dye all react to create the flavor and color that we are familiar with.

Who brought ginger to Jamaica? ›

Jamaica Yellow Variety Botanical Name and Origin: Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) has its origins in Asia and was introduced by the Spanish to Jamaica in the early 1700s.

Why are they called Devil cakes? ›

Devil's Food Cake

There are a few theories as to how it got its name. One, it's the decadent counterpart to angel food cake. Two, it's sinfully delicious. Finally, devil's food cake came about during a time when food that was spicy, rich, or dark was described as deviled, like deviled ham and deviled eggs.

What are Jamaican patties called in Jamaica? ›

Ultimate Street Food

Rastas even have their own version aptly name the 'yatti'. The key seasoning is the Jamaican bonnet pepper which gives that spicy kick. In Jamaica, the patty is more than a snack: it's a filling breakfast or lunch and can even be eaten for dinner.

What is the best gingerbread in the world? ›

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop | The World's Best Gingerbread. Victorian cook Sarah Nelson invented Grasmere Gingerbread® in 1854 in the English Lake District village from where it gets its name.

What city is the gingerbread capital of the world? ›

Nuremberg was recognized as the "Gingerbread Capital of the World" when in the 1600s the guild started to employ master bakers and skilled workers to create complicated works of art from gingerbread. Medieval bakers used carved boards to create elaborate designs.

What is the gingerbread capital of the world? ›

In Germany, gingerbread cookies called lebkuchen were heart-shaped and decorated with romantic messages. The city of Nuremberg became known as the "gingerbread capital of the world" in the 1600s, with master bakers creating elaborate works of art.

Can you freeze a ginger cake? ›

Leave to cool completely in tin before turning cake out. (To freeze: wrap in greaseproof paper, then in cling film. Freeze for up to 1 month.)

How do you reheat ginger cake? ›

Cooled cake can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. Unwrap plastic and wrap in foil and reheat in 350 °F (180 °C) oven for about 15 min (or less for smaller pieces).

Where is Jamaica cake from? ›

This cake, originally from the sugar-and-spice island of Jamaica, has sadly become a factory-made clone, but made at home it's dark, sticky, fragrant with ginger – the real thing.

What is the secret to a moist cake? ›

How to Keep Cake Moist
  • Use cake flour. Making a moist cake starts with the cake mix. ...
  • Avoid overmixing. ...
  • Maintain the right baking temperature. ...
  • Avoid overbaking the cake. ...
  • Soak the cake. ...
  • Add moisture between the cake layers. ...
  • Frost the cake right away. ...
  • Store the cake properly.
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How do I make my gingerbread more moist? ›

Too much flour will make your cookies crumbly and dry. If your dough is too crumbly: mix in 1 tbsp of milk until the dough is soft and pliable again. Be sure to chill your dough for at least 3 hours. This will help the flavor of the dough and consistency so it doesn't spread when baking.

How do I make my cake moist? ›

I promise you SOFT & MOIST cakes!
  1. Use Cake Flour. Reach for cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. ...
  2. Add Sour Cream. ...
  3. Room Temperature Butter / Don't Over-Cream. ...
  4. Add a Touch of Baking Powder or Baking Soda. ...
  5. Add Oil. ...
  6. Don't Over-Mix. ...
  7. Don't Over-Bake. ...
  8. Brush With Simple Syrup/Other Liquid.
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Which ingredient makes cake soft? ›

Cake flour, which is more finely ground and contains less protein than its all-purpose counterpart, is a major contributor to how soft and the overall weight of a cake. Since cake flour has less protein, less gluten is formed. Without all of that gluten, the cake becomes less dense, airy, and smooth.

How do you make a cake fluffier? ›

7 Secret Tips and Tricks to make a cake fluffy
  1. Use buttermilk as a substitute. ...
  2. Use oil as a substitute for butter. ...
  3. Beat the eggs slowly. ...
  4. Temperature is the key. ...
  5. Do the sifting. ...
  6. The right time to frost. ...
  7. Let the sugar syrup do the magic.

What makes cake soft and fluffy? ›

Baking powder is mixed with the flour. When water is added to this flour to make dough, baking powder undergoes a chemical reaction during which carbon dioxide gas is produced. This carbon dioxide gas gets trapped into the dough and bubbles out which causes the cake to rise making it soft and spongy.

Does ginger raise blood pressure? ›

Pooled analysis suggested that ginger supplementation can reduced systolic BP (MD: -6.36 mmHg, 95% confidence interval [-11.27, -1.46]; I2 = 89.8%; P = . 011) and diastolic BP (MD: -2.12 mmHg, 95% confidence interval [-3.92, -0.31]; I2 = 73.4%; P = . 002).

Who should not take ginger? ›

Pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with heart conditions, and people with diabetes should not take ginger without talking to their doctors. DO NOT take ginger if you have a bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood-thinning medications, including aspirin.

What organ is ginger good for? ›

“It's not just delicious. Gingerol, a natural component of ginger root, benefits gastrointestinal motility ― the rate at which food exits the stomach and continues along the digestive process. Eating ginger encourages efficient digestion, so food doesn't linger as long in the gut.”

Does the alcohol in rum cake cook out? ›

Does Rum Cake Contain Alcohol? Though there is rum in both the cake and sauce, a lot of it cooks off during the baking/heating process. That being said, the conventional saying that “all” of the alcohol cooks out during baking isn't completely true.

Can you leave rum cake out overnight? ›

Storage: The rum cake can be stored, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 5 days.

What fruit is native to Jamaica? ›

Jamaica's national fruit, the ackee is commonly used as the main ingredient in the island's traditional food dish, ackee and saltfish.

Is candied ginger high in calories? ›

High in Calories, High in Sugar

Just 100 grams of a commercially available candied ginger treat contains a whopping 304 calories. And instead of getting lots of nutritional value from those calories, you'll simply get 75 grams of sugar and nearly 80 grams of total carbohydrates.

Can you freeze McVitie's Jamaican ginger cake? ›

This ginger cake is delicious, you can taste the undertones of ginger and other spices. It is soft and moist and can be enjoyed either cold or warm with custard or whipped cream. Though it is rather unlikely that you will have any cake left over, if you do, it freezes really well.

What allergens are in Jamaican ginger cake? ›

Suitable for Vegetarians. May Contain: Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Soya\Soybeans. Contains: Eggs, Gluten, Milk.

What form of ginger is the healthiest? ›

All the Different Ways You Can Include Ginger in Your Diet

When buying ginger for a recipe, it's healthier to opt for the fresh root rather than the dried, powdered form. You'll get more of the gingerol that way.

What drug is Jake slang for? ›

Jamaica ginger extract, known in the United States by the slang name Jake, was a late 19th-century patent medicine that provided a convenient way to obtain alcohol during the era of Prohibition, since it contained approximately 70% to 80% ethanol by weight.

Which ginger is the healthiest? ›

Ground ginger contains some different medicinal benefits than raw ginger root. The process of creating ground ginger reduces the amount of gingerol it contains. Gingerol is the active component of root ginger that provides many medicinal health properties.

Which country invented red velvet cake? ›

United States

What makes red velvet cake expensive? ›

Why is red velvet cake expensive? To tell the truth, red velvet cakes aren't much more costly to make than any regular cake. The only ingredients that might make the cake more expensive are the red food coloring and the cream cheese used to make cream cheese frosting.

What flavor is Devil's Food cake? ›

Nowadays, what distinguishes a Devil's food cake is its rich chocolate flavor thanks to the use of cocoa powder. Devil's food cakes are also known for their use of extra baking soda and dark color.

Why do you put vinegar in red velvet cake? ›

White Vinegar: It sounds like a strange ingredient in a cake, but it is essential for helping the baking soda leaven the cake. Originally red velvet cake was colored with beet juice, however, when it is baked it can turn blue, so the acid from the vinegar would keep the beet juice a vibrant red color.

Can dogs eat red velvet cake? ›

No. The main ingredients in red velvet cake are not good for dogs, including chocolate, wheat flour, and sugar. In particular, chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains methylxanthines like caffeine and theobromine, which dogs cannot break down as we can.

Is red velvet cake a black thing? ›

Considered a 'soul food' of the South, the Red Velvet Cake is believed to have originated during the 1800's, and like most southern cuisine and culture, is of African American origin. It may come as a surprise, however, to learn that originally the redness of this cake wasn't so apparent.

Is gingerbread and ginger the same? ›

Gingerbread refers to a broad category of baked goods, typically flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon and sweetened with honey, sugar, or molasses. Gingerbread foods vary, ranging from a moist loaf cake to forms nearly as crisp as a ginger snap.

What's the difference between ginger and gingerbread? ›

The main differences between gingerbread and gingersnaps are that gingersnaps bake for longer to get their crispiness--and gingerbread cookies are a little chewier (and almost always rolled out into different shapes like gingerbread men and other holiday figures).

Are ginger biscuits the same as gingerbread? ›

Ginger biscuit should not be mistaken with gingerbread, because the former is a hard biscuit while the latter is thicker and a bit softer and more bread-like. Ginger biscuits are also called ginger nuts, but they are not the same with the pepper nuts. Again pepper nuts are more like gingerbread.

Are ginger cookies the same as gingerbread cookies? ›

Both are spiced cookies. The main differences are that gingersnaps are typically rolled into balls, while gingerbread is rolled out and cut into shapes. Gingersnaps are also baked slightly longer, which is where they get their snappy crispiness. Gingerbread is typically a little chewier.

What are the three types of ginger? ›

They include the myoga (Zingiber mioga), the several types of galangal, the fingerroot (Boesenbergia rotunda), and the bitter ginger (Zingiber zerumbet).

Can you substitute ginger for candied ginger? ›

Substitute ground ginger for candied ginger to get the taste and benefits of ginger root without the added sugar. Replace 1/2-cup of chopped, candied ginger with 1 teaspoon of ground ginger powder.

Can I substitute candied ginger for fresh ginger? ›

Candied Ginger

Especially if you're baking. Replace every teaspoon of ground ginger with a ½ cup of minced candied ginger. Substitute every tablespoon of fresh ginger with 3 tablespoons minced candied ginger.

Are there two types of ginger? ›

Of the family Zingiberaceae, ginger comes in several varieties, the most common being Chinese, or yellow ginger, and the smaller, more pungent Japanese ginger. Thai ginger, or galangal, has a smoother, smaller root and similar flavor and odor.

What is the difference between ginger and candied ginger? ›

Candied ginger is sold in slices, chunks, and little crumbles. It is fresh ginger that has been simmered in a sugar syrup until cooked and candied, and then is dried and usually tossed in granulated sugar to prevent clumping.

Why do we eat gingerbread at Christmas? ›

In the late 17th century, gingerbread became associated with Christmas. Russian bakers prepared gingerbread men and women, usually as replicas of those people attending parties. Gingerbread houses were introduced about 200 years later, when the Grimm brothers wrote Hansel and Gretel. A new holiday tradition was born.

Are ginger biscuits good for your stomach? ›

Ginger biscuits may help in treating nausea and motion sickness. In other studies, consumption of ginger was proven to help in treating cold sweating and vomiting. They are also high in antioxidants, which are found in certain foods like garlic, red wine, coffee and green tea.

Are ginger biscuits good for diarrhea? ›

Ginger works by blocking the toxic bacteria that causes diarrhea and preventing fluid from accumulating in the intestines. This has an antidiarrheal effect on the body. Research from 2015 supports using ginger to treat diarrhea as well as other abdominal issues.

Are ginger biscuits good for upset stomach? ›

A significant difference was seen in inter-group variations per day in both groups. Likert scale showed an improvement in symptoms in both groups (P=0.43). Therefore, ginger in biscuit form is effective for relieving the severity of nausea and, to some extent, of vomiting in pregnancy. Lacroix R, Eason E, Melzack R.

What is the difference between Lebkuchen and gingerbread? ›

Sure, it belongs to the category of baked goods flavored with spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg and sweetened with honey, molasses or sugar. But unlike a crisp gingerbread man cookie, lebkuchen is soft, dense, and often nutty, with a texture somewhere between a cake and a cookie.

Is biscoff a ginger cookie? ›

Speculoos, the cookie family to which Biscoff belong, are often described as a type of gingerbread, but that's a little misleading. Aside from their use of caramel sugar, speculoos don't have quite the same bite; their spice blend tends toward aroma rather than heat.

Is ginger cookies good for you? ›

The expert points out that gingerbread is high in niacin and folate, which are healthy nutrients. “Niacin supports normal cell growth, regulates gene activity, and facilitates cell-to-cell communication. Additionally, folate supports proper cell proliferation and the generation of red blood cells.


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