festive kitchen {mini gingerbread loaves with maple icing}

You don’t see food posts too often around these parts but after I posted a picture of these over on Instagram the other day I had so many enquiries as to the recipe, so I thought I’d share it here.

They are super simple to make and a real crowd pleaser during the Christmas season.  Please excuse my dreadful food styling – taking photos of interiors is so much more simple to me than this! 🙂






7oz/200g butter, softened

10oz/280g caster sugar

10oz/280g treacle

2 eggs

1lb/450g plain flour

1 and half tbsp. ground ginger

3 tsp mixed spice

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

180ml milk


For the Icing

1lb 2oz/480g icing sugar

2 tsp butter, softened

half tsp vanilla extract

80ml milk

3 tbsp. maple syrup



  1.  Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan assisted.  Line a muffin tin with paper cases or choose mini disposable loaf cases (I got mine in M&S and they are fantastic!)
  2.  Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Pour in treacle.  Beat for three minutes.
  3.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4.  Stir in sifted dry ingredients, then milk.
  5.  Divide mixture amongst muffin cases or loaf cases.  Bake for around 20 minutes, turning and moving baking trays every ten minutes to ensure all cakes are browned evenly.
  6.  Turn onto a cooling rack.
  7.  To make the icing, sift icing sugar into a heat proof bowl.  Stir in butter, extract, milk and syrup to make a smooth paste.  Place bowl over simmering water and stir until icing is of a spreadable consistency.
  8.  Spread icing over loaves.  Stand until set.


Hope you enjoy!


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  1. December 12, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    These look so tasty! I love the sound of the maple icing, not heard of that before! I must give these a try!

    Rachael xx.

  2. December 12, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    They are so cute! Do more cooking posts 🙂 x

  3. December 12, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    It looks so good I can almost smell it! There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked gingerbread at Christmas time. We make cookies but I’m going to give the bread ago. Beautiful, thanks so much xx

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