This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Julia's Ginger Cake With Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Food

Just as Victorians settle into the rhythm of another long lockdown, we can count on Julia Busuttil Nishimura to lift our spirits, with just the kind of comfort food that can brighten even the dreariest winter’s day.

This morning Julia brings us a heartwarming ginger cake, made with a range of spices, and topped with a deliciously nostalgic brown sugar cream cheese icing and a scattering of pistachios. As always, things can be swapped out, added or reduced to suit individual tastes and cravings.

Thank you Julia, for being someone we can faithfully rely on for moments of joy, no matter what!

16th July, 2020

This spiced ginger cake is taken back to nostalgic territory with a brown sugar cream cheese icing. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

A freshly baked ginger cake, ready to ice. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

Allow the cake to cool completely before icing. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

This cake is made with a combination of fresh and ground ginger, plus a variety of other spics. Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

In the depths of winter, I crave food that is comforting and warming. Whilst often this comes in the form of slow braises, hearty meals and classic comfort food, sometimes it is simply the warmth which spices provide. Here, fresh and ground ginger, along with a few other spices flavour this beautiful cake, which is a cinch to put together. Topped with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting, it reminds me of those old fashioned cakes you find, wrapped in clingfilm, icing all squished, at your primary school’s cake stall.

Feel free to swap the spices to suit your tastes. Add more or less, depending on your preference. This cake is best eaten on the day its made, and once topped with the frosting, should be stored in the fridge. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before serving. I like chopped pistachios on top but other nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts or flaked almonds would be lovely too.

Topped with pistachios, this not-too-sweet ginger cake is an unconventional winter warmer! Photo – Julia Busuttil Nishimura.

JULIA’S Ginger with brown sugar cream cheese frosting

100g Demerara sugar
3 eggs
150g golden syrup
150ml light olive or vegetable oil
50ml full cream milk
60g fresh ginger, grated
250g self-raising flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly ground cloves
1 tsp freshly ground cardamom

Brown sugar cream cheese frosting
125g unsalted butter, softened
250g full fat cream cheese, room temperature
100g brown sugar
2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
Zest of a lemon

Roughly chopped pistachios, to serve.

Method

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a round 21cm cake tin.

Whisk the sugar and eggs until pale and well incorporated. Pour in the golden syrup, oil, milk and ginger and continue to whisk until smooth. Gently whisk in the remaining dry ingredients until just incorporated. Pour into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. A few crumbs on the skewer are fine too. Allow to cool for ten minutes in the tin then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Make the frosting by beating the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until smooth. Add in both the sugars and continue to whisk on a medium setting until all combined and light, around 3 minutes. I don’t like my frosting super sweet, but if you want it a little sweeter, simply add some more icing sugar until it is to your liking. Fold through the lemon zest and spread the frosting onto the cooled cake. Top with pistachios and serve.

What else I’m eating this month:

Pumpkins simply cut into wedges and roasted with salt and olive oil. Similarly, roasted carrots tossed with parsley, almonds, olive oil and lemon. Also lots of citrus!

What else I’m cooking with:

An Attica take-home meal! I went for the family meal option which was a lasagne for two, garlicky pull-apart bread, and a house salad. We also indulged in one of their Basque cheesecakes and it was incredible.

You can follow Julia’s food adventures on Instagram and find more fab recipes via her website

Click here to download!

View Comments

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Autumnal Weeknight Rocket and Hazelnut Pesto Linguine

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's linguine with a herby rocket and hazelnut pesto is a riff on the classic weeknight family meal.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Super Scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares the perfect Easter treat!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Perfect Savoury Galette – Three Ways

Why have pizza when you can have galette? Just ask the French... It's all about the pastry!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

This Week

Stays

These New Luxury Coastal Cabins On Phillip Island Really Raise The Bar!

A tour of Fives Acres, a brand new boutique accommodation offering on Victoria's rugged South Coast.

News

An Extensive Art And Design Festival Taking Over Brisbane!

Brisbane Art Design (BAD) is a public art program bringing the Sunshine State’s exemplary creative scene to the fore throughout the month
Sponsored

Food

Julia's Autumnal Weeknight Rocket and Hazelnut Pesto Linguine

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's linguine with a herby rocket and hazelnut pesto is a riff on the classic weeknight family meal by adding earthy,
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

News

A New Online Service That Designs Your Own Gallery Wall!

A new digital tool from Framefox allows you to build your own salon-style wall online, and have the final design delivered to your doorstep
Sponsored

Interiors

A Crash Course In Renovating Your Own Home From Top To Bottom, With BuildHer Collective

Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon of BuildHer Collective bring us a new book containing all the info you need to embark on building or ren...
Rebeka Morgan and Kribashini Hannon

Design Eye

Suzanne Gorman on Modernising a Mid-Century Home

Taking into account considerations of form, function and scale, interior designer Suzanne Gorman shares her design approach for mid century

On The Market

A Corner Store Turned Architectural Home Hits The Market In Brunswick

An 1883 shopfront turned architectural home with a pool and sauna is for sale in Brunswick!

Interiors

How To Nail The Bathroom Basics, According To Reece

A crash course in very excellent bathroom design, courtesy of bathrooms + kitchens merchandising leader at Reece Bathrooms, Daniella Santill...

Travel

Our Guide To The Perfect Road-Trip On The NSW Central Coast

From Terrigal and Avoca beaches to the lush landscape of Bouddi National Park, here's where to eat, sleep, visit + swim!

Studio Visit

Experimental Designer Jessie French Is Shaping A Seaweed-Centric Future

The Melbourne artist shares her process of creating seaweed-based bioplastics, the beautiful resin-like homewares she makes from it + what t...

Stays

Northern NSW’s Newest Holiday House, Made From Recycled Materials

Book your stay at Rockhaven at Booyong – a new holiday house made from recycled materials located 40 minutes from Byron Bay.

Homes

A Heartwarming Home Of A Stylist (And Family!)

Justine and Bob Murphy's warm and welcoming family home is like a slice of the country... in Northcote!

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

With teams in both Melbourne and Bali, Chrissy lets us in on how she runs the lifestyle brand she's built from scratch!

Modernist Australia

A Modernist Mansion Fit For A 'Contemporary Goddess'!

Designed by architect Iwan Iwanoff in 1959, this incredible home in Mount Lawley, Western Australia is on the market.
Patricia Callan

Creative People

Turn Your Kids' Artwork Into A Treasured Keepsake With Crumb Kids!

Local textile designer Bindi Howarth transforms kids artworks into custom made tea towels, tote bags, pencil cases and cushion covers - so C...

Similar Stories

Food

Julia's Autumnal Weeknight Rocket and Hazelnut Pesto Linguine

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's linguine with a herby rocket and hazelnut pesto is a riff on the classic weeknight family meal.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Super Scrumptious Chocolate Hazelnut Buns

Julia Busuttil Nishimura shares the perfect Easter treat!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Food

Julia's Perfect Savoury Galette – Three Ways

Why have pizza when you can have galette? Just ask the French... It's all about the pastry!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.