ginger swede cake by Sneaky Veg

Ginger swede cake

This recipe for ginger swede cake is a lovely way to use up a leftover chunk of one of our classic British seasonal vegetables. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword swede cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Author Mandy Mazliah


  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g dark brown sugar
  • 120 ml honey
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 2 pieces of stem ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp syrup from the stem ginger jar
  • 175 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 200 g grated swede
Metric - US Customary


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and line with baking paper a 20cm/8inch square cake tin.

  2. Beat together the eggs, sugar, honey, oil, ginger and syrup in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and ground ginger. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined and finally stir in the swede.
  4. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool completely in the tin before turning out and serving.
  5. This is fine un-iced but if you do want to ice it as I have simply mix together 100g sifted icing sugar with a couple of tablespoons of water. Add the water gradually, mixing it in as you go so it doesn't get too runny. If you put in too much water simply sift in a little more icing sugar. Pour over the cake and leave to set.