Actually, this cake contains no real gin (stop sighing in disappointment, you can drink the gin while you eat the cake) so it’s fine for non-drinkers and drinkers alike.
Instead, it’s a happy sponge meeting of juniper and bitter lemon. It’s good with a cup of tea, or with… oh, go on, crack open the Bombay Sapphire.
Gin & Tonic Cake
- 200g butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp dried juniper berries
- 60ml milk
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- 50ml bitter lemon or tonic water, if you’re in a fix
- Zest and juice 1/2 a lemon
- Icing sugar, to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Grease and line a 23cm, 9 inch deep cake tin.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
- Add a quarter of the eggs, along with a tablespoon of the flour and beat well. Repeat with rest of the eggs, beating well in between.
- Add the rest of the flour in thirds, folding in lightly in between until it is just incorporated and no streaks are showing.
- Crush the juniper berries in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder. Place in a pan with the milk and heat until it comes to a gentle simmer.
- Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl and set aside to cool for a moment.
- When cool, stir gently into the cake mixture.
- Dollop into the tin, smooth over the top and bake for around 30 minutes, or until it’s golden and risen, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Place the sugar, bitter lemon, lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer and reduce over a medium heat until the consistency thickens. BE CAREFUL because hot sugar is HOT.
- When the cake is out of the oven, prick holes all over the surface with a skewer and spoon on the sugar syrup so that it soaks in. Dust with icing sugar and leave for a few minutes before turning out of the tin and leaving to cool on a wire rack.
- Decorate with a little more icing sugar, lemon zest and eat as a side to your favourite gin-based beverage.
This recipe was first featured on the much-loved, much-missed Domestic Sluttery.