The Dorchester’s gingerbread cake presented to serve.
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The Dorchester’s gingerbread cake

December 02, 2021

Just in time for the festive season, The Dorchester’s executive chef, Mario Perera, shares his delectable Gingerbread cake recipe. We think it’s set to become your new festive favourite.
headshot of mario perera, executive chef at the dorchester

Mario’s secret recipe

This is a much-loved recipe is the one I make at home for my family and friends every year. I like to consider it the ultimate festive showstopper for Christmas celebrations. It’s exactly what you need at the ready for when people pop round and you want to impress. I promise they will be asking for another slice and maybe even the recipe.


83g self-raising flour

1tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp bicarbonate soda

Pinch salt

42g dark brown sugar

67g golden syrup

1tbsp ginger syrup

42g butter

1 large egg

80ml milk

Nuts and candied fruit for decoration

the dorchester gingerbread cake on stand being served
the dorchester gingerbread cake close up


  • Preheat the oven at 150°C/gas mark 2
  • Prepare the loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Mix the flour, ginger, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  • Gently heat the brown sugar, golden syrup, ginger syrup and butter in a pan until melted.
  • Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Combine the eggs and milk together then gradually stir into the gingerbread mix and beat until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture in the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Piece with a skewer and if it comes out clean, you know your cake is ready.
  • Once the cake has cooled, decorate with a selection of your favourite nuts and candied fruit for an eye-catching finish and serve on an opulent cake stand.

Top tip

I suggest making this cake a few days before you intend eating it so that the syrup can work its magic, ensuring the cake really melts in your mouth.

Our executive chef Mario Perera invites you to enjoy a glorious selection of dishes for the festive season, from afternoon tea and British cuisine to Michelin-starred dining.

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