Rum and Ginger Cake

16 Mar 2023

Rum cake

50 minutes | easy | Serves 8

This classic Jamaican rum and ginger cake is very sticky and gets better after a couple of days thanks to the rum infused syrup that’s poured over while the cake is still warm. The edges become toasted and golden while the centre is soft squidgy. You could serve it with some sour cream although it’s perfect on its own with a cup of tea or coffee.


  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • 170g soft brown sugar
  • 150g golden syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 190g self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 pieces stem ginger, finely chopped (optional)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 50ml water
  • 50ml rum



Preheat two gas burners

on the Jupiter Outback BBQ and set the heat to medium (180C).

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Add the eggs

one at a time making sure each is fully incorporated before adding the next.

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Add the rum,

then sift in the flour and spices. Add the ginger and sour cream and carefully fold the mixture together.

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Pour into a lined

18-20cm lined cake tin and place onto the BBQ away from the heat source and close the lid. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until slightly springy to the touch.

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Allow the cake

to cool a little while you make the syrup. Combine rum, water and sugar over a low heat until dissolved, then poke holes in the cake with a skewer and pour the syrup over.

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This cake gets better with age so is a great one to make in advance if you have people coming over and want to save time.

Recipe Author

Recipe Author

Helen Graves

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ technique

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