We’re home after enjoying a wonderful long-weekend in Colorado.


Colorado is such a gorgeous part of the country….  We did a little hiking:


Stopped to admire the wildflowers…


And even picked some raspberries along the way…


We also went white-water rafting, hung by the pool and ate very, very well… It was a fantastic get-away.

But we’re home now, and sadly, something went seriously awry with the plumbing upon our return.  (I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say: there are serious disadvantages to living in an old house with character!)

So, I’m waiting for the plumber…

And cleaning out my kitchen cupboards.

I understand I really should be cooking with fabulous late-summer produce at the moment… Corn! Basil! Tomatoes! So much lovely fruit…

Later this week – I promise.

My dear friend Anne recently shared with me this amazing recipe for Spicy Ginger Bundt Cake.  (I added the Boozy bit) It’s a treasure that dates back to a visit to Ireland shortly after she and Dan were married 20-something years ago.  She had a slice with a cup of tea by the fire, and it has been one of those cozy food memories that has stayed with her ever since.

I came across crystallized ginger during my pantry excavation, and thought: “The perfect excuse to make Anne’s bundt cake!”

That’s the way my mind works.

And if I baked a cake, my pantry excavation could be put on hold.

Even better.

This is one great cake.  Spicy and citrusy (lemon juice and a healthy dash of triple sec see to that), sweet and dense.  I now understand why she has hung onto this recipe for decades.

It’s so good, I’m happy to share.  Anne, as soon as the plumber finishes up, I’ll bring some of this cake over.

If there is any left…


Spicy Boozy Ginger Bundt Cake

from the 1987 book Having Tea: Recipes and Table Settings by Tricia Foley and Catherine Calvert


1/2 pound salted softened butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cups honey
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup triple sec
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 1/2 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup dark raisins
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped or 1 cup almonds (or can omit)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.

In a bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, honey, corn syrup, sour cream, liqueur, and lemon juice.

In another bowl, mix together the white and whole wheat flours, baking powder, and spices. Add to the butter mixture. Stir in the raisins and nuts.

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack. The cake keeps very well.

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41 Responses to "Spicy Boozy Ginger Bundt Cake"
  1. gwynnem says:

    Glad you had a chance to wander around Colorado! Where did ya’ll hike? The photos are gorgeous.

  2. June Baby says:

    That looks awesome! I just love the ginger flavors in here 🙂

  3. The cake the photo’s the state everything is just beautiful and I love ginger cake.

  4. This spicy ginger cake looks wonderful! It’s a favorite during the holidays with a cup of tea.

  5. Kaila511 says:

    I live in Colorado (for half the year)! I’m glad you had fun out there, our summers are absolutely beautiful. Although, I must admit from your pictures that I can’t tell exactly where you were. The pictures are beautiful! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  6. Looks delicious! Pinning! #vabloggers

  7. This looks totally delicious!!! I love anything ginger 🙂

    Are you on Twitter? (I wanted to share it from the Virginia Bloggers twitter!)

  8. Colorado looks GORGEOUS. And this cake is breathtaking. I loooove spicy ginger, and pairing it with citrus flavors seems perfect. I’m imagining that cake has a golden crisp outside and a dense moist; inside… Oh enjoying it with tea does sound perfect! Pinned pinned pinned!

  9. milkandbun says:

    Aromatic cake!!! Can imagine how it goes good with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea! 🙂

  10. Lori says:

    This bundt cake looks and sounds fantastic! Yum!
    Beautiful pictures…Colorado is indeed gorgeous!

  11. Heather says:

    That cake is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely pinning this recipe!

    • Thanks Heather! I just took a peek at your blog and love it… Founding Farmers is on my list of restaurants to visit… I’ve been passing it on my morning walks in Georgetown. I’m now following you 🙂

      • Heather says:

        Lucky! I’d love to be able to take morning walks in Georgetown. Such a beautiful area! And definitely check it out. Apparently everyone gets mediocre service, but the food is so, so good! 🙂

  12. Hilda says:

    Anything with ginger is a winner for me, and this cake is no exception. I like your bundt shape.

  13. I like the idea of using all those spices in the cake….. I am glad you brought it to Fiesta Friday because it helped me discover your blog. 🙂

  14. thehungrymum says:

    Love the look of this cake! So happy to have discovered your blog via #FridayFiesta – am now following.

  15. Spices & ginger in a bundt cake sounds like a winner to me 🙂 Perfect for the cooler weather coming up!

  16. Yum, this looks amazing. I have an over abundance of fresh ginger at the moment, so looking for inspiration!

  17. Oh wow! I love the idea of having spices and ginger in a cake, I’ve noted your recipe, it deserves a go as soon as the Autumn will be here again! thanks for sharing!

  18. Jhuls says:

    I’ve never had ginger cake before or any spicy cake. I wonder how this tastes – I wish I could have a slice right now. 😀 I bet this is delicious. Oh, what a pretty cake, too. Thanks for sharing this along with the other amazing photos. I hope you have a lovely week. 🙂

  19. Love the sound of the crystallised ginger in this cake. I’ve attempted a Bundt cake this afternoon for the first time in years! I don’t think I’ve ever owned my own tin until today – couldn’t resist the impulse buy 😉

  20. chefjulianna says:

    BOOKMARKED!! Wow, couldn’t pass this one by once I saw the triple sec and sour cream part! 😀

  21. wow cake looks so fluffy, moist and delicious….

  22. This looks fabulous – I love the photos of your trip – what an beautiful place! I posted a patterned bundt pan cake and had the first one break as it came out of the pan – I didn’t grease it properly but have so learned my lesson now. The ginger cake looks and sounds so gorgeous – one of my favourite sort of cakes. I have a recipe clipping from the the Moro’s – they love ginger cake so much that when they got married it is what their cake was made of! Thank you for sharing this one with us and have a wonderful week!

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