Cooking for the Sensitive Gut

Gluten free sticky ginger Xmas cake

This beautiful gluten free sticky ginger cake remains one of my favourite, quick to make gluten free cakes. The ingredients are low in FODMAPs in the quantities stated. Traditional Christmas cake is full of dried fruit which concentrate the fructans and can trigger symptoms in a sensitive gut. There is a small amount of yogurt in this cake to make it moist. Most people can tolerate this small amount of lactose but you can leave it out if you prefer. The cake will still taste very good.

I love the simple decoration of icing and pomegranate seeds sparkling on the top. Like jewels in a crown.

I used a 1.5 litre Heritage Bundt Pan from Nordic Ware. If you’d prefer to use a different shape tin, use one that’s the same volume – this recipe works well in a 20 cm/8in round cake tin.


Gluten Free Sticky Ginger Christmas Cake

Serves 16 


  • 200g/7oz butter, plus a little extra for greasing the tin 300g/10oz
  • 300g dark muscovado sugar
  • 200g/7oz black treacle
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 balls of stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped into small pieces
  • 150g/5oz self-raising gluten free flour
  • 75g/3oz ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 4 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • zest from one lemon for the icing
  • 100g/3oz icing sugar, sieved fresh pomegranate seeds


Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 150C / gas 4. Use a little softened butter to  grease a 1.5 litre Bundt tin or any other cake tin suitable for cooking a liquid cake mixture.

Heat the butter, sugar and treacle gently in a saucepan until they have melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the eggs and stem ginger into the molten butter, sugar and treacle.

Sift the flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a bowl. Pour the butter and sugar into the bowl containing the flour, ground almonds and whisk well.

Stir the yoghurt and lemon zest into the cake mixture which now resembles a thick batter. Give the cake mixture a thorough stir before pouring it into the Bundt tin. The Bundt tin should not be filled more than three quarters full as it may overflow. Tap the Bundt tin sharply on a firm surface to disperse any air bubbles.

Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes and then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the icing, place the icing sugar in a bowl and add warm water a little at a time until the icing runs thickly from a lifted spoon. It should not be too runny. Drizzle the icing over the cake and decorate with the pomegranate seeds.

Or you can make this cake with out icing – just dust with a little sieved icing sugar and scatter with pomegranate seeds.



This cake is low in FODMAPS.

  • 38g (seeds from a small Pomegranate) seeds are low in FODMAPS. This cake uses less than a tbsp
  • Greek Yoghurt – most people can tolerate a small amount of yoghurt even if they are lactose intolerant.
  • The cake will keep, wrapped in baking paper and foil, for up to 6 days in a cool, dark place (the texture is at its best after about 2-3 days). Freeze it, wrapped well, for up to 3 months, then defrost thoroughly to serve.
  • If you are going to freeze the cake ice it after it has been defrosted

If you would like to know more about looking after your sensitive gut go to the IBS Network 

And you may also be interested to read more about The Sensitive Gut from Dr Nick Read here

This entry was written by Joan Ransley and published on December 23, 2016 at 5:47 pm. It’s filed under Cake, Christmas, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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