Song for the day: Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
Because that song has blown me out the water. *fans self*
HI GUYS! We’ve got through the 31 Day Blogging Challenge and we’re out the other side! Phew 🙂 Back to your irregularly scheduled blogging! Also it’s April Fool’s day. Hope no-one got tricked too badly! ALSO ALSO – we’re a third of the way through 2016 now. How did that happen?
I’ve had this one drafted for a while. It was my mum/her twin/my godmother’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to make a birthday cake that was different that they would all enjoy. So, I searched through Pinterest and came across this recipe for Gin and Tonic Cake from Netmums. It seemed like A LOT of gin, so I played around with the recipe. With a couple of tweaks, I ended up with one of THE most delicious cakes I have ever eaten ever.
It’s moist and moreish and very VERY full of gin, but oh my God, add a bit of double cream and you are delivered straight to food heaven. I didn’t get a single bad comment, just a lot of chewing sounds and the occasional moan. And that was just me scraping the bowl afterwards!
So, how do you make it?
YOU WILL NEED:
- 220g of butter
- 220g of caster sugar
- 220g of self-raising flour
- 4 eggs
- 3 lemons – you’ll need the juice of 2 and the zest of 3.
- 175ml of gin
- 150g of icing sugarand
- an oven preheated to 180C
As always, if you add an extra 5g or so for tasting purposes, I won’t tell anyone.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
- Add the zest of 2 lemons and the juice of 1 and give it a good stir. I always add zest etc at this stage to give it time to infuse.
- Beat in the eggs and flour, and add 100ml of the gin. Make sure that everything is well combined!
- Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin, and pour your cake batter in. Give it a sharp tap on the countertop to settle the mixture and get rid of any bubbles.
- Bake for around an hour until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool.FOR THE GLAZE:
- Combine the icing sugar with the remaining gin and the juice of one lemon. Prick the cold cake several times with a fork or skewer, and drizzle it over, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle the zest of the third lemon over the top.
- Cut the last, bald lemon up and use it in a g&t 😉
- Try not to eat the whole thing in one go!
Whilst you’re eating it and drinking your g&t, why not pen your letter for the Nice Message Chain? It’s doing good things already!
Hope you’re all ok out there!