Although called Dutch Ginger Cake, “cake” is certainly a loose term to describe what is one of my favorite baked goods. This is more shortbread-like than cake but for decades, Dutch Ginger Cake is the name I’ve known. It’s dense and a little short (aka – crumbly) containing no raising agent and a generous measure of butter. Ridiculously easy to make, this is a must for my Christmas every year. I prefer slivered almonds on top but couldn’t find them this time of year so I used sliced. Either will work or decorate the edges with whole, blanched almonds.Jump to Recipe
Use either crystalized ginger (pictured above) or candied ginger either will work. I find the former much easier to find here in Indiana. Don’t use fresh ginger. I’m yet to share this with someone and not have them love this. From children to adults, everyone has sung its praise.
Dutch Ginger Cake is popular in Australia and although it might not win any prizes in a beauty contest or be the showiest treat on a sweet festive platter for me, it’s certainly the best. It’s rustic and simple sure but its taste and texture win me over every time. Studded with pops of sweet and vibrant heat from the ginger, it’s one of my favorites so I’d love it to become one of yours too. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, love Lovoni xo
DUTCH GINGER CAKE
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup crystalized ginger, chopped
- 1 large egg
- 7 oz butter, melted
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 cup flaked or slivered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) (not fan-forced). Grease a 9 or 10-inch tart pan with removeable base or a 13.75 x 4.5-inch rectangle tart pan with removeable base. A 9 or 10-inch springform pan would also work.
- Combine all the ingredients except for the almonds together in a medium-sized bowl. The mixture will be the consistency of a moist dough. Press the dough into the pan, sprinkle the almonds over the top. Place the pan on a baking sheet (don’t miss this step). Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and set. The larger tart pan (10 inch) will take 5 or so minutes less to cook than the rectangular pan I used.
- Stand the tart pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before cutting into slices or wedges. Depending the thickness of your slices this cuts into 10 to 15 slices.