Black Sticky Gingerbread

March 21, 2013

Ginger has been on my mind, of late. This deeply autumnal spice has indeed been slightly out of place as Mother Nature makes is clear that she is not yet yielding to fallen leaves. And despite the calendar insisting that we have in fact changed seasons, ardent sunshine has prevailed. Though so too has my hunger for spice and warmth and delicate crumbs. So I’m going to be a complete rebel here and give you some cool weather cake for your sunshine-kissed, mid-March afternoon tea. I’m sure you’ll deal with it just fine. In fact, as I type this diary entry, the clouds are swooning that bit closer and I find myself reaching for woollen socks. I’m ready.

Here we have a gorgeous loaf of Black Sticky Gingerbread, by Heidi Swanson. This recipe has long been calling my name – wholemeal flour, butter, generous spices and sticky, sticky molasses. It’s long been calling my nana’s name, too, as she adores ginger.

The resulting cake is fragrant, unabashedly so, and borders on heavy, despite it’s delicate crumb. But it’s heavy in a welcome way, it doesn’t sit in your stomach like a brick. Hmmm, yes, heavy is the wrong word, rather, this cake makes it’s delicious presence known to you. Indeed, it lingers. Perhaps this is due to the rich use of spice… All I know for sure is that this cake makes me want to pop on my gumboots and a tunic, braid my hair and call myself Gretel, then wander into the woods and eat some old lady’s house. Quite so.

I adored this recipe so, it inspired me to bake another ginger goodie – baked gingerbread porridge. I’ll be posting that recipe soon. It’s just warmth in a bowl, that one. For now, eat this cake. Share a slice with loved ones over a hot cup of tea and welcome in this new season. Surely leaves will soon be turning golden. Oh, and stay away from gingerbread houses in the woods – I’ve heard that path never ends well.



Heidi xo


P.s. Welcome to my new site, It’s simple and clean, a little leaner. It’s bright and it feels like home. Thank you for being patient these past few weeks and letting me find my feet as a .com lady. I’ll be delighted to show you around over the coming posts. My mind has been ticking over, eager for new chapters in this, my food diary.


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  • Terry Turtle March 22, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Wow! Beautiful, shiny new blog!!! Congratulations!! 🙂
    PS. this black sticky gingerbread looks soo delicious!

  • Iron Chef Shellie March 22, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Lady!! Loving the new vibe <3 and loving the photos… and the sound of black sticky gingerbread.

    Welcome to the .com world xox

  • Denita March 22, 2013 at 5:24 am

    I love this!!! Very pretty site – very chic and stylish 🙂 And I’ll definitely be making this gingerbread. Does it matter if you don’t use a bundt pan?

    PS. You can practically go visit Heidi Swanson in a matter of weeks 😉

    • admin March 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

      Hey de!! Nope, totally fine to use a loaf pan. Heidi has good instructions in her recipe 😉 I get to see YOU so soon!! Xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Nice new look Heidi! And this gingerbread looks wonderful too.

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments March 23, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Love the new look! And the web address is exciting. But the gingerbread has my mouth watering.

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds March 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Love it – so simple and fresh! Well done!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 25, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I love the dark rich colour of the gingerbread 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever had homemade gingerbread before ~ Will love to try hehe

  • jac March 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Love the new look .. very nice 🙂

  • Spencer June 18, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I love ginger, especially with chocolate, and I just know I would love this cake recipe.

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