As the clocks go back and the nights draw in it’s time to light the fires and cosy up with hot drinks and cake. This is an adaptation of my Grandmother’s gingerbread recipe with a surprise ingredient; pumpkin and ginger cake has to be the perfect Halloween and Bonfire Night offering!

This cake is full of treacly goodness with a bit of ginger heat and is delicious with hot spiced apple juice or a mug of hot chocolate. It improves with age as the flavours develop so enjoy a slice warm from the oven with a dollop of ice cream, another one with your elevenses the next day and perhaps another slice for supper with your cocoa!

You could decorate it with a swirl of spiced buttercream or a drizzle of glacé icing topped with a piece of stem ginger or you can leave them plain like I have here, pop them in a tin and take them out to the bonfire!

Pumpkin and Ginger Cake

I haven’t seen this lovely special edition Lyle’s Trick or Treacle tins around this year – if you see one do give me a shout, I’d love to have one in my cupboard for Halloween again this year!

Lyle's Treacle, Trick or Treacle, Pumpkin and Ginger Cake

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I am linking this recipe up with Fuss Free Helen, Utterly Scrummy and Veggie Desserts for this month’s Extra Veg – do go and see how other bloggers are adding more veg every day!

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