Ginger Spice Cake – Good business?


“Screw Business as Usual”

This is the book I have just finished reading.  It was a very timely read. In all honesty I have minimal business experience so I thought I should try doing some reading.  I was flicking through this book in a shop in Nairobi and landing on a page about an organic bakery – sold! Aside from his more famous attributions, there was very little I knew about Richard Branson or Virgin Unite. I’ve read multiple examples of businesses who value doing good as well as being profitable, he advocates that by being creative and focussed on doing good that profitability will then follow. There is an emphasis on the responsibility business has in improving opportunities and health for local people.   All in all, a timely and encouraging book for what we are pursuing with Jamii Bakery!

“We need a new way of doing business to get out of the present crisis,”  “Absolute greed has come close to bankrupting the world. Thanks to the crisis that certain businesses have dumped on everyone a lot of people are going to suffer on a global scale. All of us must learn. It is all the more important that those business leaders that are left standing try to be a force for good.”

A true entrepreneur – one printer and several plug sockets. Maina provides a printing, scanning, photocopying and phone charging service. Amazing 



Sourcing ingredients and regular supplies for the bakery is something we are taking great care with. We want to source as ethically and sustainably as possible.  Supplies may not be officially certified as “Fairtrade” but we only want to purchase from suppliers who ensure their workers receive a fair wage and provide some medical insurance – areas we need to explore much further.

My head is spinning with ideas and thoughts… Bakery design, bakery staff, low carbon footprint, preparing for the South African Film crew coming in two days, Lucas activities…

Today is a very significant day for the three of us. We welcome our very very close friend, Kat. Kat lived with us in Frodsham (North England) for a few months a few years back and she is someone we love being around. Kat has packed in her job, moved out of her house and moved to Kenya for 4 months to help us with all that is going on! I don’t think she really knows what she has let herself in for.  I’m sure just living with us three for any length of time could be permanently damaging!! Good luck and karibu Kenya!


You may have noticed a little theme recently as I explore my way through the lovely Scandilicious baking from a book by Signe Johansen. Hope you enjoy it.

Recipe – Ginger Spice Cake


125g butter

175g dark brown muscovado sugar

150ml treacle

250ml buttermilk (masiwa lala)

2 medium eggs slightly beaten

175g plain flour

75g wholemeal flour

2tsp bicarbonate soda

1tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp freshly grated ginger (The ginger here is very special, its a different variety to what we know in the UK)

1tsp ground cardamom

1/2tsp nutmeg, freshly grated

1/2 tsp fine sea salt


1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and line a 1Kg loaf tin or 20cm square tin with baking parchment

2. Melt the butter, sugar and treacle together in a medium saucepan, stir and allow to cool slightly.

3. Beat in the buttermilk and the eggs.

4. Mix the flours, raising agents and spices together the  gradually add to the liquid in the saucepan stirring thoroughly.

5. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 45 mins after which place some aluminium foil over the top of the bake to stop it burning and bake for a further 15mins

6. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 15 mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.  I just left it in the tin as Lucas needed putting to bed, it seems to be very ok!

The guys knocking up lunch on the jicho stove


We were visited by a superhero



2 thoughts on “Ginger Spice Cake – Good business?

  1. Love you all and can’t wait to be fully ensconced in the bakery planning and development but currently massively enjoying being shown incredibly peaceful and beautiful local places and running….who wold have thought it!!! Had my first lesson in bread science today….loving learning rather than teaching for a while….xxx

  2. It’s great to keep up with you guys on your blog and that ginger cake looks fabulous. Give me a call if you fancy a chat/coaching. We have really got into baking thanks to you!
    All my love Karen and the boys

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