Oh. My. Goodness. What are you waiting for? If you like gin, and cake, you have to make these.
Gin and Tonic Cupcakes
1 ½ cups plain flour, sifted
¾ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
125g butter, room temperature
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons gin
Gin and Tonic Icing
My friend confessed to cheating a little here – absolutely fair enough as she made enough cake to feed an army of runners and tennis players – she bought her gin and tonic icing in Lakeland. But if you want to make it yourself:
100g butter, room temperature
2 ¼ cups icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons gin
1-2 tablespoons lime juice
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. In food processor or in a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Next add the lime juice and zest, milk, and gin and mix slowly. Add half of the beaten eggs and mix. Lastly beat in the remaining egg and mix for another minute or two.
4. Fold in the flour, salt and baking powder using a spatula, you want the mixture to be only just combined, not over mixed.
5. Using two teaspoons put the mix into paper cases in a muffin tray to help the cakes keep an even shape.
6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden.
7. To make the icing beat butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add the gin and lime a little at a time until you have a smooth and easy to pipe consistency.
8. When the cakes are completely cool, pipe the icing on. Or if you want to keep life simple and less fussy, just spread the icing and smooth with a knife dipped in boiled water.
9. Now its time for the finishing touches for your gin and tonic cupcakes! I love the tiny triangles of lime and longer peelings made with a lemon zester.
10. Serve with a cup of tea, or even better a gin and tonic!
Enjoy! Do let us know if you give them a whirl?