Lemon Gin & Tonic Cake
KAYE: A tipsy twist on the classic lemon drizzle. What can I say, except: any excuse, any bloody excuse. I actually watched Nadia make this last week, while sinking quite a bit more gin than she put in the cake. Make ours a large one.
|For the cake:|
|200g (7oz)||softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing|
|175g (6oz)||caster sugar|
|200g (7oz)||self-raising flour|
|½ tsp||baking powder|
|finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon|
|75ml (2½fl oz)||gin|
|For the syrup:|
|60g (2oz)||caster sugar|
|60ml (2fl oz)||tonic water|
|For the icing and decoration:|
|50g (1¾oz)||granulated sugar|
|juice of ½ lemon|
|1||lemon, very finely sliced with a mandoline|
You will need: a 900g loaf tin and an electric whisk.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
Butter a 900g loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
Put the butter and sugar into a bowl, and whisk with an electric whisk until pale, light, and fluffy. Kaye says: How long do I have to stand here and do this? Nadia says: It should only take 5-6 minutes
Lightly beat the eggs in a jug. You just need them to all become the same uniform, yellow colour.
Pour them, bit by bit, into the butter and sugar mixture, whisking all the while.
Gently fold in the flour, baking powder, and lemon zest, so you don’t burst the air bubbles in the batter. Pour in the gin and give it a gentle stir. Spoon into the prepared tin.
Bake for 1 hour. After 55 minutes, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and, if it comes out clean, take the cake out of the oven. If it doesn’t, give it another 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the syrup. Put the sugar and tonic water into a small pan and set over a low heat. Kaye says: No sipping!
Stir until the sugar dissolves. Kaye says: How do I know when the sugar has dissolved? Nadia says: You’ll see it disappear and also feel no more graininess under the spoon
Increase the heat and boil the syrup for 1 minute without stirring.
Measure out 2 tbsp of the syrup into a small bowl and mix in the gin. (Discard the remaining syrup.)
Once the cake is out of the oven, use a skewer to make 8 holes in it.
Drizzle the gin syrup over the top of the cake and leave to cool in the tin.
Turn out the cake, turn it right-side up again, and place on a wire rack.
Mix together the ingredients for the icing and spoon it on the cake. Arrange the lemon slices along the top. Leave to set.
Eat. With a glass of G&T alongside… naturally.
Hack: To fold in flour, use a metal spoon or rubber spatula to cut down through the batter, then do a “lift and over” motion. Give the bowl a quarter-turn and repeat.