Two Spoons’ Ginger Marmalade Cake

It would make a good coffee cake as well

I found this cake over at Two Spoons. It tickled my fancy for a few reasons. We were going out of town and had let our supply of fresh produce dwindle. We were entertaining, but didn’t want to leave half a leftover cake with our dog sitter. (She may not have minded, but still.) This little guy was the perfect size for four people. Finally, it was a perfect way to use up a jar of marmalade from a batch that didn’t set. One more jar down. Our liquid marmalade has already gone in cookies, over pork and even in breakfast martinis.

For the cake, my only change was the glaze. Since we didn’t have cream and didn’t want to buy groceries before our trip, I made a glaze with 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup marmalade, a pinch of nutmeg and juice from half an orange. Basically, I just brought the ingredients to a simmer and reduced the mix until it was a nice thick syrup, then poured it over the cake still warm.

Two Spoons, the brainchild of Zo Zhou who’s in Christchurch, New Zealand, has inspired me before and her blog is always fun to visit.

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42 Responses to Two Spoons’ Ginger Marmalade Cake

  1. JamieAnne says:

    Yum! This looks amazing!!

  2. Zo Zhou says:

    Naww, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the cake! I’m really getting into making really small batches of cakes etc. since I get bored so easily haha. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  3. nrhatch says:

    Looks delicious!
    But next time . . .
    Make a bigger cake
    And leave 1/2 for me.

    The Dog Sitter

  4. rutheh says:

    I put the kettle on for the tea. The cake is so tasty looking. Will have to check out Two Spoons.

  5. Alessandra says:

    Yeah I saw that, good blogger that Zo ;-).


  6. Yuri says:

    This cake looks amazing! I love ginger, mmm want to try this πŸ™‚

  7. Jessica says:

    Such a perfect sized cake! It sounds like it’s super moist, too. I love NZ so much, so I’ll be checking out her blog!

  8. Your dogsitter obviously reads your blog! I love marmalade on cakes, more so than on toast. Yum!

  9. Heavenly!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  10. Poor dog sitter 😦 Actually I love that this cake is not so big, perfect for 2 (twice over!),

  11. niasunset says:

    WOW! Can I eat all of them πŸ™‚ Thank you dear Rufus, Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  12. Holly says:

    This is the first [yes first!!] blog post I’ve read after 4 weeks away from WordPress. Oh my that picture did not fail you. It looks / sounds bloody amazing! Looking forward to catching up with my favourite food blog

    • I was thinking of you the other day, saw an article on Slate about how “Britishisms” are quite common in American language now, even though Brits complain they’re speaking too much like Americans. Can’t wait to hear about the trip.

  13. Carolyn Chan says:

    Loooove the sound of this and great idea to make smaller cakes. More variety!

  14. Kelly says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Two Spoons – gorgeous blog. This is a great looking cake and a wonderful improvised glaze. I like working with what’s available in the house. It makes so much sense. Your guests must have loved dessert!

  15. Linda says:

    I really like smaller desserts as leftover either go home w/ my guests or tempt me daily! An this definitely would be a temptation! I don’t have homemade jam but I’m going to make it regardless!

  16. Stef says:

    Thanks for linking to Two Spoons – her veggie carbonara looks amazing! I like the way she thinks. πŸ™‚

  17. spiderpaw says:

    Thanks for the recipe. we are going to try this with orange marmalade.

  18. ceciliag says:

    yum, but i am going back for the marmalade recipe, i love marmalade! c

  19. Judy says:

    Mmm, I’ll need a decaf with that please, unless there is enough for breakfast, then regular with plenty of cream … oh, sorry I thought I was ordering at a bed & breakfast for a second.

  20. That’s making me hungry…and I already ate!
    Thanks for the intro to Two Spoons!

  21. ChgoJohn says:

    This looks incredible and the glaze you “invented” really tasty but I thought you said there was enough for 4 people. Where are the other 3 cakes?

  22. You two are amazing! You keep outdoing yourself!

  23. That glaze sounds pretty delicious. Great substitution.

  24. Charles says:

    Aaah, I thought something seemed familiar – I was looking at that a while ago. It truly looks like a beautiful cake, and your incarnation looks fabulous Greg! Loving the smooshy end bits… yum!

  25. Oh wow, what an amazing photo! Thanks for sharing this, it looks great.

  26. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    I can almost taste it – seriously almost taste it. Mouth watering…

  27. Kristy says:

    This glaze is heavenly! I can almost taste it. πŸ™‚ Oranges and brown sugar…wow!

  28. I dragged out about 1.5 litres of my runny marmalade yesterday (in various jars). They were bugging me and taking up space of where the ‘the good stuff’ goes. So, I need to make a cake, cookies…actually hide it in anything I can, and soon. As now they are bugging me sitting on the bench reminding me they are runny and inferior!

  29. rsmacaalay says:

    I love Zo Zhou’s blog as well. Great recipe that looks so moist and that glaze looks something that I wanna lick on my fork.

  30. Sissi says:

    Lovely cake! I have to remember this is a great way to use marmalade (or maybe a jam…). Although probably I would first test your breakfast martini πŸ˜‰ I have to go and visit Two Spoons.

  31. TasteFood says:

    Oh my, this looks wonderful. I am sipping tea right now and could do with a slice of this cake.

  32. kat says:

    that looks amazing!!!

  33. Liz was just looking over my shoulder when reading this post and we both went uuummmmmmm. πŸ™‚

  34. lovely! another to add to my marmalade recipes pile.

  35. YUM! and I love the fact that it is small

  36. Okay you’re definitely introducing me to something new because I’ve never heard of ginger marmalade cake before and I must say I’m intrigued. Very nice.. maybe a new holiday cake for my family.. who knows πŸ™‚

  37. I have never had this cake before either, but it sounds good to me. If it is sweet, I will like it!

  38. ....RaeDi says:

    It can be so fun catching up… This is a wonderful picture and the cake looks incredible! Ingenious of you the way you make the glaze. I love the size it is perfect….RaeDi

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