Gin & Tonic Cake

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This is basically a grown up lemon drizzle cake, but ohh, it’s so good.I have to admit, there is something wonderful about a really crisp G&T, and everyone loves cake – which makes this recipe a real winner. It’s based on a basic sponge recipe, so it comes under the category of super simple baking. Enjoy!

You’ll need:

  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 lemons
  • 8-10 shots of your favourite gin
  • dash of tonic water
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon

Weigh the eggs then measure the butter, caster sugar and self-raising flour to the same weight. No scales? An average medium egg weighs 55g – so just convert everything into cups based on this.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy – it can help to use melted butter at this stage if you’re on the clock!

Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then mix in the flour and the zest of both lemons. 

Add 3-4 shots of gin and the juice of 1 lemon. You should have a smooth, fairly runny batter. If you think it’s far too running, add a little more flour, but do this carefully otherwise you’ll end up with batter that’s become too thick!
Pour this gorgeous mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until your cake passes the knife test.


Mix the remainder of gin, sugar, tonic water and lemon juice until you have a smooth mixture. Prick the surface of your still warm cake all over and pour the mixture allllll over the cake. Let it soak in before cutting the cake or removing it from its tin. This makes this cake so moist it’s unreal!

I opted for little cake squares instead of full slices as I was having the girls over for an afternoon tea type situation, but I’m sure it would work as slices as well!

Seriously simple, a little bit naughty and an all round winner. What are you waiting for!? Serve with mulled wine for a truly decadent treat!

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  • This look SOOOO good! 😀 I love G&T cake but never thought of doing it as a drizzle before. I usually make them as cupcakes with G&T frosting 🙂 xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Can't tell you how good they are, Katy! I made them for the girls when I had them over for mulled wine, gossip and cake and they pretty much all disappeared! Along with my raspberry crumb bars (recipe on the blog too!) they were a real hit.

    Oooh the frosting sounds amazing! How do you make the frosting?

    XX

  • steve.r hudson

    They do look good, make some when you're home?

  • Of course! X