Cake is in the house – Ginger and beetroot muesli cake.

This month we decided to try a Degustabox, I do enjoy a subscription box of makeup or food and have tried a fair few over the last few years. Degustabox had kept popping up on my Facebook feed so having just cancelled a foodie box I had tired of I decided to give these people a go and to be honest so far so good.  A subscription cost of £12.99 and we received nearly £25.00 worth of goodies to try.  Have a look at what you get for February on you tube, there is always someone doing an unboxing and sometimes they even snack on the items so you get a realistic review.

Moving on, there was a box of cereal called Primrose’s Kitchen, Raw Beetroot and Ginger Muesli which sounded quite interesting, although I was a bit hesitant as I have a funny relationship with ginger. I love fresh ginger and ginger cake is yum, yum, yum, but ginger which is covered in chocolate or graces cake or stored in syrup is a definite no, no, no. But hubby loves ginger in all forms so I thought he would be okay.  Except hubby didn’t like it because he found it too hard to chew, he’s having a bit of a problem with a tooth at the moment.

So it sat on the counter this morning as I debated what to do with this £5.00 box of incredibly good ingredients, healthy as they come, muesli. And then I thought, well I do like ginger cake and so an idea was born.

I weighed out the muesli and added some hot milk to it to start the process of softening it, melted butter and sugar and black treacle together and added the juice of a lemon along with 2 extra teaspoons of dried ginger just to pep up the gingery notes a little. Beat the eggs, added the muesli and milk which then turned it into the most glorious pink which disappeared when I added the treacly buttery syrup and then added the self raising flour with a teaspoon of baking powder added just for good measure before popping it into a moderate oven of 170 C for 50 minutes.

When it had cooled I made a thin icing of icing sugar and lemon juice.

I don’t know whether I would go out of my way to buy a box of this muesli to make a cake, but it made an interesting interlude on a snowy day as we watched the “Beast from the East” creep across the country. 

My ingredients were, should you find yourself with a box of muesli that is not to your taste.

4 oz of muesli

1/4 cup of milk

8 oz of butter or other fat or oil

4 oz caster sugar

4 oz black treacle

2 teaspoons of dried ginger

4 medium eggs

the juice of 1 lemon

6 oz of self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

then enough icing sugar and lemon juice to make a thin glaze to finish the cake with, put the kettle on, cut a slice and watch the snowflakes swirl whilst enjoying the gingery cake with lemon icing high notes along with a small addition of a nutty texture, it was quite interesting.

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