Double Chocolate Ginger Cake

3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup uncrystallized candied ginger*, chopped
½ cup cocoa
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup canola oil
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour one bundt pan. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Beat in the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs until well combined. Fold in ginger and chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack, then remove from the pan. Cool completely before slicing.

*You could also use crystallized candied ginger but the end result will be a bit sweeter.

My thoughts:

For this recipe I took a very traditional, old-fashioned buttermilk and cocoa chocolate cake added chocolate chips to up the chocolate flavor and ginger to add an unexpected spiciness. The result? An unusual and rather adult cake that is equally approprate to serve for a special occasion and as a midweek pick-me-up.


  1. What a beautiful cake! I love chocolate and ginger together–so having them together in a cake is heavenly!

  2. I love chocolate coated ginger candy, so thihs seems like a natural progression for me. I have a jar of candied ginger in the pantry that I got for Christmas. Now I have an idea of what to do with it! Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. i love chocolate and ginger together! this looks great.

  4. Mmm, I love the idea of adding ginger to a buttermilk cake. What about other dried fruits? Which do you think would pair well?

  5. Kasey-
    Cranberries? Cherries? I don’t make much with dried fruit but I think they’d be best with chocolate.

  6. Those are some big, spicy ginger bites in there. Love it.

  7. Looks wonderful. Ginger always adds a lovely warmth to baked goods

  8. Sounds great can’t wait. Chocolate and ginger are great together. Yum Yum

  9. Adding more chocolate….with ginger? That is awesome! Is there anything better than taking something good and making it……better?! Thanks for your inspiration. Damn, time to shop for bigger pants again……

  10. i sent your recipe link to my sister and when i came home from work she’d made the cake! it is amazingly delicious and some of my tubs of candied ginger finally got used. she said it was pretty simple to make as far as cakes go and upon looking at the recipe again, i realize its not entirely unhealthy. thanks so much for posting this!

  11. I tried this recipe. The cake turned out to be delicious. Thanks for sharing.