1Heat oven to 350.
Grease and flour 12-cup tube pan or 2 9x5x3 inch loaf pans.
Beat sugar,butter,ginger root,vanilla and eggs in a large bowl on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 5 minutes. Mix dry ingredients together. Beat into creamed mixture alternately with milk on low speed. Fold in crystallized ginger till evenly mixed. Spread in pan. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool 20 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Serve with Pineapple Cream.
Beat whipping cream and sugar on high speed in a chilled bowl till stiff. Fold in pineapple.