Wow, can you believe we’re on Week 4 already?! This week I’ll be showing you how to make my other summer favourite (although I’m sorry, this one will require you to be in the kitchen for marginally longer than last week) The Gin and Tonic Cake; this is definitely one for the grown ups ONLY !
You will need:
(for the cake)
- 110g butter (did you see my tip about the easiest way of softening it?)
- 175g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 shots of gin
- 175g self raising flour
- Zest of 2 limes
(for the icing)
- 6 tablespoons icing sugar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 5 shots of gin if you’re skipping the tonic (like I do!) or 4 shots of gin and one shot of tonic
You’ll also need:
- Loaf tin
- Cake tin liner (like these)
- Mixing bowl
- Metal dessert spoon
- Measuring scales
- Cooling rack
- Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add your eggs and beat into the mixture
- Gently fold in your flour using a figure of 8 motion
- Add your gin to the mixture, and stir very gently until combined
- Zest your limes and add this to the mixture; put the limes to one side for later
- Pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 4) for 45-50 minutes (to check it’s cooked, try my skewer trick!)
- Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool until warm
- Meanwhile, add your icing sugar, gin and lime juice into a separate bowl and mix until you have a smooth icing. The quantities I have given you are for a sticky glaze, for a thicker icing, keep adding icing sugar until you get a thicker, more opaque consistency
- Poke holes in the top of your cake using your skewer and spoon your icing over the top. It will look messy but will dry to look completely delicious!
This cake has a real kick to it…but is really tasty and will leave you wanting another slice – it’s an absolute winner if you have friends and family coming to visit!
Next week, I’ll be making something quintessentially Vintage British…mmm, I’ll leave you guessing for now!
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