Saturday, 22 August 2015

Gin & Tonic Birthday Cake

It was my not so baby sister's 22nd birthday last week so I decided to surprise her with a favourite tipple of hers but in cake form... aahh the wonderfully English G&T; my go-to refreshment on a lovely night out (and in!).

Now Eat/Drink Responsibly Folks!

  • 200g unsalted butter softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp tonic water 
  • 2tbsp gin of your choosing
For the frosting:
  • 250g unsalted butter softened
  • 500g icing sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • 5tbsp gin of your choosing
Pre-heat the oven to 180c and line/grease two 20cm cake tins
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and smooth - ensure to use a spatula to mix in the mixture stuck to the side of the bowl.
Add the beaten eggs to the mixture very slowly while continuing to whisk.
Sift in the flour and fold careful into the mixture - stir in the tonic water.
Divide the well combined cake mix into the two baking tins and bake for approximately 25 mins until golden, springy and a toothpick comes out clean.
Once able remove the cakes from the tins and place on cooling rack to cool thoroughly - pierce the cake with a toothpick a dozen times and brush the gin on.
For the frosting: whisk the softened butter and icing sugar until well combined then squeeze in the juice of 1 lime and add the gin into the icing - continue to whisk until light and fluffy.
Using an Adjustable Cake Wire carefully slice the tops off each cake to make them both level. 
Spoon and smooth on the buttercream to the chosen bottom half then carefully place the top layer on. Use the remaining cake frosting for the overall cake and decorate as you please.
Inspired my a cake decorating course I did at the beginning of the year with the lovely Natalie at Rock Bakehouse I used sugar paste and made cute flowers and leaves for mine topping the real cake with a decorated polystyrene one for extra height and wow-factor.
However, you could always pipe on the frosting and add a few slices of lime and zest to decorate as per the sneaky little cupcake I made taking from the cake mixture for my husband and I to enjoy the next day.

Like It? Tried It? Tweaked It? Let me know!

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