Gin and Tonic Drizzle Cake
- 900g loaf tin
- 200g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g self-raising flour
- 4 medium eggs, beaten
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Finely grated zest 1 lime
- 75ml gin (Pick your gin carefully as it will change the flavour of your cake)
- 125g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
- 125ml tonic water (one small tin)
- 50ml gin
What you do:
This is quite honestly the easiest cake which I have EVER made. We didn’t even have an electric whisk (hence the slightly interesting looking mixture) and it still worked perfectly, producing a deliciously moist and light cake.
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4.
- Grease the base and sides of your loaf tin with butter. (You could line it with baking paper if you prefer but just greasing it worked fine for us.)
- In a bowl, beat butter and sugar with a handheld electric whisk (or in our case just using sheer arm power) until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add eggs, beating well after each addition. (It is fair to say that ours looked a little lumpy and rather unappealing at this point, but we stuck with it!)
- Fold in flour, baking powder and lime zest, followed by the gin. (I can also highly recommend consuming a gin whilst following these steps, as it makes the baking even more enjoyable!)
- Pop the mixture into your loaf tin and bake for about an hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Whilst that’s all happening you need to make your simple syrup to drizzle over the top of your cake. I also suggest you take this opportunity to pour yourself another gin, just to help keep things moving along.
- Gently warm the caster sugar and tonic water in a small pan, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Turn up the heat and allow the mixture to boil for around one minute.
- Remove your pan from the hob and mix in the gin.
- As soon as the loaf comes out of the oven, poke holes into the top with a skewer and drizzle over the gin and tonic syrup mixture and allow the loaf, still in the tin, to cool on a wire rack.
- Once the loaf is completely cool, remove from the loaf tin and enjoy…perhaps with another glass of gin and tonic.
So there you have it. Happy Bank Holiday Baking my lovelies, let me know how you get on and what gins you choose to include!