Super Simple Golden Syrup Cake Recipe

by Phil & Sonja

This Golden Syrup cake recipe is so delicious and SO easy! Honestly, we have to stop ourselves from making it too much because it’s so quick but then we devour it when it’s barely cooled!

We tried a couple of different options before perfecting the recipe. The first was light and still tasty, but ultimately we settled on this version of a Golden Syrup Cake because of the delicious caramel flavour it has that just keeps you going back for more, a bit like our Sultana Loaf too!

Golden Syrup Cake next to tin of Golden Syrup

You can eat it straight from the oven (cooled a little of course!) or we love to pack it up for a picnic too. Serve it with some ice cream for a decadent dessert, or even custard.

The cake can also be frozen and then allowed to thaw to enjoy later on, but seriously, we doubt you’ll have any left!

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Golden Syrup Cake next to tin of Golden Syrup

What is Golden Syrup?

Golden Syrup is a thick, golden coloured syrup (hence the name!) made by refining cane sugar. Although it only contains sugar, water, and citric acid, the resulting flavour is buttery with a hint of caramel. It is less sickly sweet than corn syrup, and is sometimes called light treacle.

How do you use Golden Syrup?

Golden Syrup is often used in baking as a sweetener and binder, but it’s also delicious when drizzled on porridge, yoghurt, ice cream, or pancakes (especially Scotch Pancakes!). It’s often a substitute for honey as it’s vegan, and it is thicker than maple syrup and with a different taste.

Golden Syrup Cake next to tin of Golden Syrup

Is there a substitute for Golden Syrup?

When a recipe calls for a small amount of Golden Syrup it is usually using it as a sweetener and maybe for a bit of binding. This allows it to be substituted with something like honey or Corn Syrup, and the flavour shouldn’t change too much.

However, because this cake relies on the buttery, caramel taste of the Golden Syrup and uses quite a lot of it, any substitute would change the flavour. Of course, you could try a honey cake instead with the recipe, but it wouldn’t be the same!

Can you make Golden Syrup at home?

Golden Syrup popular in a lot of British recipes and inexpensive to buy in the UK but that’s not necessarily true for the rest of the world! If you live in a place where Golden Syrup isn’t readily available then it is possible to make your own using water, sugar, and a slice of lemon. We’ll work on a recipe for you!

Golden Syrup Cake next to tin of Golden Syrup

Things you’ll need to make Golden Syrup Cake

  • 1lb loaf tin
  • Baking paper or loaf tin liner

Ingredients for Golden Syrup Cake

  • 100g butter
  • 75g light brown sugar (you can use dark)
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 200g golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 200g self-raising flour

How to make Golden Syrup Cake step by step method

Preheat oven to 180C/350F (160C/320F for a fan oven) and line the loaf tin with baking paper or a paper liner.

Melt the butter, sugar, and syrup gently on the stove, stirring it together. Set aside to cool.

Beat the milk and egg together.

Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the milk and egg and the butter mixture (taking care it’s not too hot so the milk and egg don’t curdle) and mix it all together.

Bake for one hour at 180C (160 for a fan oven). Check after 45 minutes as soon ovens cook faster than others!

If you want you can poke holes in the top with a skewer after you remove from the oven and drizzle some more golden syrup over the top.

Golden Syrup Cake next to tin of Golden Syrup
Yield: 8

Super Simple Golden Syrup Cake Recipe

Golden Syrup Cake Recipe

This Golden Syrup cake recipe is so delicious and SO easy! We settled on this version of a Golden Syrup Cake because of the delicious caramel flavour it has that just keeps you going back for more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 100g (7tbsp) butter
  • 75g (1/3 cup) light brown sugar
  • 25g (2 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 200g (9 tbsp) golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml (2/3 cup) milk
  • 200g (1 1/4 cups) self-raising flour

Instructions

    1. Melt the butter, sugar, and syrup gently on the stove, stirring it together. Set aside to cool.
    2. Beat the milk and egg together.
    3. Sift the flour into a large bowl.
    4. Add the milk and egg and the butter mixture (taking care it’s not too hot so the milk and egg don’t curdle) and mix it all together.
    5. Bake for one hour at 180C (160 for a fan oven). Check after 45 minutes as soon ovens cook faster than others!
    6. If you want you can poke holes in the top with a skewer after you remove from the oven and drizzle some more golden syrup over the top.

Notes

When a recipe calls for a small amount of Golden Syrup it is usually using it as a sweetener and maybe for a bit of binding. This allows it to be substituted with something like honey or Corn Syrup, and the flavour shouldn’t change too much.

However, because this cake relies on the buttery, caramel taste of the Golden Syrup and uses quite a lot of it, any substitute would change the flavour. Of course, you could try a honey cake instead with the recipe, but it wouldn’t be the same!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

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