As part of my adventures in the kitchen with ginger, (and also because I haven't made a cake since making a massive christmas cake, and that was 2 months ago) I decided to have a go too.
Dutch Jewish Ginger Cake
2 eggs (although my eggs were small, so I used 3)
1 1/4 cup sugar (I only used 1 cup sugar, because I figured it will be sweet enough as it is, especially with 1 cup of golden syrup in the recipe too)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Golden Syrup
2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (I forgot to add the baking soda (actually I didn't even notice it in the recipe!), but it still turned out ok)
2 cups self rising flour (or use plain flour, and add 2 extra tsp baking powder, which is what I did)
1 cup warm water
Preheat the oven at 160 degrees C.
Beat eggs with sugar until creamy.
Beat oil and golden syrup into eggs. I found that using the measuring jug for the oil first, before measuring the golden syrup in it, allowed the golden syrup to slide out easily and quickly without leaving behind a sticky mess.
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and pour into the eggs/syrup mixture gradually, alternating with the warm water.
(At this point I had been using a wooden spoon, but I found my batter had suddenly become lumpy and I couldn't beat it out with the wooden spoon, so out came the magical whizzy stick (a handheld electric mixer) and that did the job very quickly.
Grease a cake tin (preferably one with a removable base) or line with greaseproof paper. My flatmate warned me at this point that it is a very sticky cake, and so try to put it into a cake tin that it is easy to get out of. I didn't have greaseproof paper, so I just used a liberal amount of butter and dusted it with flour, and that worked perfectly fine.
Bake at 160 degrees C for 1 hour.
I don't think my cake was as sticky as my flatmate's, so perhaps it did need the extra 1/4 cup sugar, but the cake is sweet and I don't think it needs to be any sweeter. Or perhaps it was omitting the baking soda that made it less sticky. I am not sure, so will need to practice again and make another one. And I will need to make another one, as this one disappeared rather quickly.