May 14, 2017

Hello everybody!
You may already know this but we're going to tell you again, WE LOVE GIN! The obsession started for both of us a few years ago, and it holds a lot of great memories of university times. Gin has become more and more popular over the past few years, and to be honest, we think it's slowly taking over the world!  Some Fridays we like to stop at Westfield Shopping Centre for a Happy Hour G&T to start the weekend the right way!


We love trying all of the new and delicious Gins and the beautiful concoctions. There are so many great flavours to try and so many different cocktails of gin and tonics. We love them all from berry G&Ts to rhubarb and lemon G&Ts. But one of our favourites is a mediterranean style Gin and Tonic. With flavours of citrus and ginger, and topped with mediterranean tonic water, we love the exotic taste.

This gin and tonic drizzle cake has delicious citrus-y lime and orange flavours with a hint of ginger. Drizzled with a gorgeous citrus and gin syrup, it is a super mix of moistness and sponginess 


For the cake...
170g unsalted butter, softened and extra for greasing
170g caster sugar
3 eggs
170g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
zest of 3 limes and juice of 1
zest of 1 orange
3 tbsp gin
3 tbsp tonic water
1 tsp ground ginger

For the drizzle...
150g caster sugar
5 tbsp gin
2 tbsp tonic water
juice of 2 limes (minus 1/2 tbsp for later)
juice of 1 orange (minus 1/2 tbsp for later)
slices of lime and orange (for decoration)

For the icing...
100g icing sugar
1 tbsp gin
1/2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tbsp orange juice

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC Fan/Gas Mark 4, and lightly grease a loaf tin and line with greaseproof paper.

Cream together the butter and sugar, and then mix in the eggs. Add the flour, baking powder, orange zest, lime zest and juice and mix well. Then add in the gin and tonic and stir until smooth and well combined. 

Pour the mixture into the lined tin and bake for around 60 minutes or until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean. If the loaf starts to get to brown before it is fully baked then cover with tin foil. 

Towards the end of the baking time, you can begin to make the syrup. Place all of the ingredients in a pan and heat on a low heat and bring to the boil. Boil for 5-10 minutes, until the liquid has become more of a thicker syrup consistency. Turn off the heat and scoop out the slices and leave those to cool on a plate.

Once the cake has baked, and is still warm, use a cocktail stick or skewer to poke lots of little holes all over the cake. The drizzle the syrup all over the cake, taking your time to make sure the cake absorbs enough of the syrup. We actually only used about half of the syrup but it could definitely take more, it just depends how syrupy you want it. Leave to cool completely in the tin.

Once cooled, you can make your icing. Simply stir together the icing sugar, lime juice, orange juice and gin until smooth and combined. You can either drizzle the icing with a spoon or using a piping bag. We used a piping bag as it is much easier to get thinner drizzly lines. Decorate with your lime and orange slices from earlier. 

Slice up the cake and serve with a glass of ice cold gin and tonic!

We are really happy with how this cake turned out. We love the classic lemon drizzle cake and this has turned out to be a super delicious twist on that classic. 

The flavours of gin and tonic are not massively tasted in this cake but the hint is there and you can always drizzle more gin on the cake if you want. We love the mix of lime, orange and hint of spice from the ginger, it really works together to make a divine mediterranean flavour.

Are you a gin lover like us?
What are your favourite gins and flavours of G&T?
Let us know if there are any other Gin bakes you would like us to make,
we already have a few ideas but the more gin the better!

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Lots of love, Antonia and Imogen x

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