A bit of fresh ginger, loosely ground and thrown into a pot of boiling water, makes the best medicine for combating the common cold. It cannot replace your mom of course but it sure can make you breathe through your nose again. A hot cup of ginger tea with honey – religiously taken three times a day – cures most colds for me (and for most Indians). The more ginger you put into that boiling pot of hot water – and the more zingy it is – the faster you will heal …
the faster you can get back to work.
Even when there is no cold to nurse a cup of ginger tea with milk and sugar is always quite comforting. Somehow it helps to dismiss the cold and drizzly weather outside.
If you aren’t that much of a tea drinker there is always a zingy ginger cake to make you feel better. If you don’t like cake – well, that would be a bigger problem!
I love baking a ginger cake on snow days. It is so effortless to make and it fills the house with a fresh warm scent that lingers for hours. The dense cake is sweet and zingy and is perfectly balanced with a sweet sour lemon icing topped with candied ginger. All it ever needs is a hot cup of tea and you!
Ginger Molasses Cake with Lemon Icing and Candied Ginger
- Flour: 2 and 1/2 cups
- Oil: 1 cup
- Sugar: 1 cup
- Molasses: 1 cup (dark)
- Eggs: 2
- Ginger: 8 tbsp freshly grated ( use 4 tbsp if you want a mild ginger flavour)
- Baking soda: 1 tsp
- Water : 1 cup hot
- Spices (optional): ground cinnamon, clove and pepper 1/2 tsp each
- Icing sugar: 1 cup
- Lemon juice: 2 tbsp
- Lemon zest: 1/2 tsp
- Candied ginger: a few cut into strips
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
- Line a baking pan with parchment.
- Whisk the 2 eggs and set aside.
- In a cup of hot boiling water add the baking soda, stir in the molasses, sugar, ginger, oil and the spices if you are using any.
- Gradually whisk in the flour and the the eggs. Mix everything until throughly combined.
- Pour in prepared cake tin and bake for 60 minutes, or until the skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake before icing.
- For making the icing, mix the icing sugar with the lemon zest and juice with a small whisk until well blended.
- Drizzle icing on cake and sprinkle with strips of candied ginger.