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A ginger cake topped with confectioners sugar cooling on a baking rack

Ginger Cake from Sierra Leone

A delicious cake recipe that is often enjoyed as a street food there.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Sierra Leone
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 602kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine


  • 2 1/2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger root grated
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners sugar


  • Grease and flour two bread loaf pans.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In large bowl hand mix flour, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon and salt.
  • In another large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy with a mixer.
  • Add in eggs, one at time, the grated ginger root and vanilla into the butter mixture.
  • Add the milk, mix in the flour mixture until incorporated.
  • Pour 1/2 the batter into a prepared pan and repeat with the other half.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a serving plate.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving


Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 844IU | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg