Mango & Ginger Cake Recipe

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Mango & Ginger Cake Recipe

The past month I have collected the last of the green mangoes on the trees that are in the neighbourhood  This year the season seems to be a little late, possibly due to the extensive dry we had late last year. My neighbour was so kind to give us a milk crate worth of sweet juicy mangoes. They took only a week to ripen, which then left me thinking about what to make with them.

I have made a batch of mango relish that is slightly spicy with part of them. While the rest of the mangoes I stripped their flesh and squeezed all the juice off them and packed them into takeaway containers for the freezer. I have never really frozen mango before, living in the city you pay up to $3 – $5 for a single mango. Buying a whole tray just seems crazy. If you can get your hands on them for free and plenty of them, you have a hint of summer to last you the winter hiding in your freezer. Mango defrosts naturally after it is taken out of the freezer it doesn’t go watery at all.

One of my favourite cakes is my grandma’s ginger cake, mind you the only other cake I like is her chocolate cake. The ginger cake is her sisters recipe (Hilda). I had to add a photo of them from a couple of years ago, I hope that my sister and I will be like this when we are 80+. We ate so much of those cakes growing up and I thought it was time that I had a signature cake well at least give it a go. So I concocted a mango and ginger cake based on the recipe I have. Deciphering my grandmothers writing was a little challenging, after all some of the measurements were very vague  I am not sure how much a small cup of milk is –  is that a full cup or 3/4 of a cup. I have watcher her in the kitchen for years and I know how she cooks and it is more by feel then exact measurements, its inspiring. The inner chef in me comes out wanting to have exact measurements so that next time that I cook or bake I will have the same result.

grandma and her sister Hilda

My grandma (Irene) and her sister Hilda.


With the last of summer behind us, this mango and ginger cake will bring back the warmth over a cup of tea on a slightly chili morning. Autumn is here and official tea drinking time has begun.

Mango & Ginger Cake Recipe
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Recipe type: Cake, Baking
  • 200gm butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tbsp bi-carb soda
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ½ cup of mango puree
  • 4 tbsp honey/golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp mixed spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • ½ cup mango puree
  1. Preheat your oven to 180’c. Grease a 25cm round cake tin and dust with flour.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl place the butter and sugar, using an electric mixer or stick blender, blend till pale and well combined. Add the eggs in one at a time mixing after each.
  3. Sift the flour and bicarb soda into the bowl. Add the milk, mango puree, golden syrup, ginger powder, mixed spice and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined ensuring there are no lumps in the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and bake for 50-60min. Test the cake with a metal skewer making sure that it comes out clean from the centre of the cake.
  4. To make the icing place the icing sugar into a medium mixing bowl followed by the mango puree, mix to combine. Add more icing sugar to make it thicker or more mango puree to make it runnier - it is up to you.

What are your favourite tastes of summer?


Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to help people live a life with passion & purpose without people-pleasing, imposter syndrome and seeking approval at

15 Responses

  1. That cake looks delightful! My grandmothers aren’t such cake bakers but more slices and cookies. I’ve bought a whole tray of mangos before, it’s great to find 16 mangos for $12. I usually dehydrate them though. I’ll definitely have to freeze some if I get my hands on them.

  2. Mango has wonderful flavor – I love them! I’ve never made a cake with them, though, and this looks fantastic. Really like the light on the bottom photo. Good stuff – thanks.

  3. Yes, mangoes in the city are just ridiculously expensive. How fortunate to be given so many. I think you did well to freeze some. When they are long gone from the shops you’ll be able to enjoy them. I love the look of your ginger cake xx

  4. nothing to do with ginger cake but you don’t need a pressure cooker for bottling tomatoes – any lg saucepan will do as they are high acid so you waterbath them. They turn out better than pressure canned too. Although add some citric acid / lemon juice to them to be sure

    I recommend food preserving at home by john gross (choice book) as a great australian book for preserving if you are looking for one

  5. My mom writes her recipes the same way! It’s a bit easier now that I know how to cook and can work my way through them, but when I was first learning in college it drove me nuts! This cake looks fabulous and I’m sure you made your grandmother proud.

  6. Your mango ginger cake inspired by your grandmother’s cake sounds wonderful. When I used to live in Florida, friends gave us large bags of mangos from their trees. I always made mango ice cream. You are right…they freeze wonderfully.

  7. Mango is king in our house during Summer. My family can’t get enough of them. I enjoyed reading about your Grandmas cooking..mine was the same cooked by feel instead of exact measurements. Beautiful photo of the two sisters and this Mango and Ginger Cake looks so delicious I’m sure you’ll have lots of requests for it in the future.

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