So Great British Bake off (GBBO) season is upon us and you all know what that means? A renewed love for baking! I decided this morning that I wanted to bake something, looking in the larder I was a bit low on ingredients and then it came to me…GIN. I mean, a Gin and Tonic cake!
Okay, this probably wouldn’t be one to give to the kids, but how about an adult treat as you watch GBBO this evening, or on demand this weekend as we all do these day. This is a beautifully moist cake, and the glaze/drizzle soaks and makes just heavenly.
There is three elements to this cake; The cake, The glaze and the topping so I will take you through the process, hopefully it will be clear for you all to follow!
What I need for the cake:
Self Raising flour
A pinch of baking powder
1 lemon (zest and juice)
3 shots of gin (I used Bombay Sapphire but it doesn’t really matter)
What I need for the glaze:
Icing Sugar 150g
6 shots of gin, hic!
Splash of tonic water
Juice of half a lemon
What I Need For the topping:
One Lime (if preferred)
You may have noted at the top I didn’t put the quantities of the cake, what I do with all my cakes is weight my eggs (in this case they were 159g so i measured out the same quantity of butter, caster sugar and SR Flour!
So, cream the butter (room temperature!!) together until lovely and fluffy, add the beaten eggs with the flour, baking powder and mix until combined.
Add in the zest and juice of one lemon and three shots of gin.
If you feel that your mixture is too runny, add a little more of flour and mix.
Spoon your boozy mix into a lined loaf tin (mine was slightly too large for the mixture, although never mind) and bake at 170 fan or 180 normal oven for 40-45mins, taking a peep at it regularly.
You will know its ready when a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Leave to cool, and start to make the toppings yay!
This glaze is super easy and incredibly gin laden, so it is totally yum.
Measure out 150g of icing sugar, and add in 6 shots of gin, a splash of tonic water and the juice of half a lemon. Mix until all the sugar has dissolved. It should look something like my picture below! I added a little lemon water in too, but you don’t have to do this.
Is is completely additional and you can add if you have the time.
I decided that it would look lovely with some candied lemon/lime.
Mix equal part sugar and water and bring to the boil.
Add in finely sliced lemon and lime and leave for 10 minutes.
Pop on to a cooling rack, to be placed on your cake at the end.
The finished product should look at little something like this…Or even better if you are a better baker than me 🙂
Grab a slice and a install yourself in front of the telly and enjoy Mary Berry, Paul Holywood and all the innuendos on GBBO.