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Fresh Ginger Cake with Candied Citrus Glaze

Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Tiziana Agnello
Hands-on time 52 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
We fully embrace the peppery punch of fresh ginger, which gives this moist cake a surprising tingle. If you remember 7UP pound cake, this is a gussied-up twist on that theme. And if you can find fresh yuzu--Japanese citrus--or Buddha's Hand citrus, you can slice and candy either of those instead of kumquats for the delicious glaze.


  • Cake:
  • 11.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup golden cane syrup (such as Lyle's Golden Syrup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2/3 cup ginger ale, at room temperature
  • Baking spray with flour (such as Baker's Joy)
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup kumquats, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Dash of salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 284
  • fat 11.3 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 6.6 g
  • polyfat 2.9 g
  • protein 3.6 g
  • carbohydrate 46.9 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 175 mg
  • calcium 36 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

  3. Combine canola oil and next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well combined. Stir in ginger. Add flour mixture and ginger ale alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined. Scrape batter into a 12-cup Bundt pan coated with baking spray. Bake at 350° for 38 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack. Invert cake onto plate.

  4. To prepare glaze, place kumquats, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup water in saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain kumquat mixture through a sieve into a bowl, reserving sugar syrup and kumquats.

  5. Combine powdered sugar, dash of salt, and 3 tablespoons reserved syrup, stirring with a whisk until smooth; reserve remaining syrup for another use. Stir in kumquats. Spoon warm glaze over warm cake.