Best Jamaican Ginger Cake Ice Cream

Delicious Ice-Cream made from store-bought Jamaican Ginger Cake enhanced with some stem ginger syrup. Ginger is one of my favourites ingredients, and I was eager to come up with some recipes for my latest lockdown purchase of an ice cream maker.

Best Jamaican Ginger Cake Ice Cream


  • 80 grams Jamaican Ginger Cake (McVities)
  • 3 tbsp Stem Ginger Syrup from a jar
  • 2 cups Double/Heavy Cream
  • 2 ½ cups Skimmed/Low Fat Milk
  • ½ cup Castor Sugar
  • 2 Large egg yolks


  • Break up the cake into smaller pieces in a bowl. Add the 2 tbsp ginger syrup to it and stir. Reserve 1 tbsp of the syrup. Not too harshly as to keep the cake in lumps. Cover and put in the fridge
  • Add cream, milk and 1/4 cup of the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • In a bowl add two egg yolks and the other 1/4 cup of sugar and whisk until combined.
  • Stir your cream mixture in the saucepan for 4-7 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved and the mix is hot.
  • Add a splash of your saucepan mixture to your egg yolks and whisk together until combined.
  • Add a bigger splash in there and combine this well too.
  • Do this one more time and then add your yolk mixture back into your saucepan.
  • Continue to heat and stir for another 4-6 minutes until bubbles start appearing.
  • Take off the heat and transfer to a bowl. I like to add some clingfilm over the bowl but making sure the clingfilm is touching custard to stop a skin forming.
  • Put your custard in the fridge until completely cooled. About 2 hours or so.
  • Add custard to ice-cream machine operate as per your machine's guidelines. When at the point of soft-serve, add your cake mixture. Drizzle your remaining tbsp of syrup in too. Leave it to fold in for another 30 seconds or so.
  • Remove from machine and freeze for an hour

The 'Jamaican' comes from the ginger root, which was historically a medical form of ginger known as Jamaica ginger was a popular stimulant!

McVities Jamaica Ginger Cake is a moist, sweet loaf cake with a delicious ginger 'kick'. If you can't find that brand, you can either make your own or use something similar from your own country.