Jamaica Ginger Cake and Pear Trifles

Uncategorized | June 2, 2012 | By

I think it must be a rare person in Britain who has not eaten McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger Cake.  It’s a treat I remember from my childhood, there is something about the stickiness of a McVitie’s Ginger Cake that is unequalled in any other shop bought cake.

So I was delighted when I was asked to review some of McVitie’s cake bars and the said Ginger cake.  We got stuck into the Jaffa Cakes Cake Bars last night, they are very light and because they are individually wrapped would be more suitable than the packet Jaffa Cakes for lunch boxes and picnics.  The sponge in them is also softer than in the traditional Jaffa Cake, but there is still the organgy zing and the thin dark chocolate coating. Very nice indeed!

The Hobnob Flapjacks have the distinctive hobnob oaty taste and crunch with a thin layer of milk chocolate, perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

The poor old Jamaica Ginger Cake had got a bit squashed in the post, but the slice I had with my afternoon coffee tasted just the same as always, rich, sweet and sticky with lots of ginger punching through.  I decided that as it was rather flattened, I would use it to make a dessert for tonight’s dinner.

Enter the pear lurking in the fruit bowl needing used up!

Jamaica Ginger Cake and Pear Trifles

makes 2

2 thick slices of McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger Cake
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced
2 tbsp dark rum or coffee liqueur
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp ready made custard
2 tbsp Greek yogurt or creme fraiche
A few split almonds (optional)

1. Crumble the McVitie’s Jamaica Ginger Cake into the ramekins.
2. Place the chopped pear pieces on top of the cake.
3. Pour over the rum or liqueur and the maple syrup
4. Cover with the custard
5. Spoon the Greek yogurt or creme fraiche on top.
6. Decorate with almonds if liked.

You can get some free McVitie’s cake on McVitie’s Bring out the Cake Facebook page, print out the voucher and collect your cake from the supermarket.

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Fiona Maclean

I remember McVities Jamaican Ginger Cake too. I think it was the first GOOD shop cake that was widely available. And I used to get sent back to school with one in my tuck box!



Looks gorgeous! I adore Jamaican ginger cake (and ginger cake in general!) so this looks perfect. My mum used to buy the golden syrup cake, slice bananas onto the top of it, drizzle with more golden syrup and then microwave it to warm through. Served with custard it was utterly divine on a cold evening! Mmm, that's just what I'm craving now!

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I am one of those rare people as I dont like ginger. My parents however absolutely love this cake. Great idea to use it in a trifle – ginger and pear go well together.


What a beautiful dessert! Love all the flavors!