Sticky apple ginger cake bars - a much simpler alternative to traditional Christmas cake!

Sticky apple and ginger cake

Deliciously sticky, fruity easy-to-make cake bars. They're like a cross between gingerbread and fruit cake, and make a great easier alternative to Christmas cake.
Course dessert/snack
Cuisine British
Keyword apple cake, gingerbread, snack cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 299kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 pinch baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ stick butter
  • ¼ cup soft brown sugar
  • ¼ cup golden syrup (dark corn syrup in USA)
  • 1.5 ounces crystallized ginger chopped (either in syrup or crystallized is fine)
  • ½ cup dried fruit e.g. prunes, apricots, cranberries, raisins (chopped)
  • 1 apple peeled and diced
  • 1 egg whisked

topping (optional)

  • 2 ounces white chocolate


  • Pre-heat oven to 200C / 390F and line a 8 x 8 inch square baking pan with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and ginger together in a medium bowl.
  • Melt the butter, syrup and sugar together in a saucepan. Add to the flour together with the stem ginger, dried fruit, apple and egg. Stir it all together with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin, then bake for 30 minutes until risen and golden. Cover with foil half way through cooking to prevent over-browning.
  • Optional: Melt the white chocolate in a jug in the microwave (in 30-second spurts – I find 3 times does it), then drizzle all over the cake.
  • When cool (and the chocolate – if you’ve used it - is set), slice into 8 bars.


How long will this ginger cake keep?

for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container. 

Can I make this cake with a different fruit?

Rhubarb works as a good substitute for apple. Let me know if you try this recipe with rhubarb!

I don't know where to buy golden syrup in my country. What else can I use? 

Dark corn syrup works as a decent substitute for golden syrup. Or you can buy golden syrup on Amazon (affiliate link).


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg