Gin & Tonic Loaf Cake With Sloe Gin Icing

I was lucky enough to be sent a box of the Gin Festival’s monthly gin treats. I was pretty thrilled when the box turned up – I’d had a crappy day and it was such a box of delights – beautifully presented artisan gin samples, two bottles of lovely tonic as well as some treats. Did you know biscotti was originally made for dunking in booze? Nope, me neither.

My challenge was to come up with a way of baking with gin. Baking?!

I’ve never put booze in a cake, Christmas Cake aside (which thinking about it, I might not have even done that because the only Christmas Cake I ever made was in Home Ec when I was 10, and I’m pretty sure we weren’t allowed booze…though it was the 90’s so I could be wrong)

I thought I would change one of my favourite cake recipes to add in some gin deliciousness. Hence the Loaf Cake – I’ve made it before, and it’s easy and yum. I was really pleased with how this turned out (considering I did not cream the butter enough – guys!! Cream your butter properly!!) It’s still super tasty though, with a most pleasing fumey aftertaste of gin. Really good. Especially pleased that using the Sloe Gin made the icing nice and pink without having to use any nasty food colouring!

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Bath Gin Loaf Cake With Sloe & Tonic Icing
Gin Loaf Cake soaked with Sloe Gin sugar syrup and topped with Sloe Gin icing and Candied Lemon slices.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Loaf Cake
Sloe Icing & Gin Syrup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Ingredients
Loaf Cake
Sloe Icing & Gin Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180/160 mark 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin and line it with baking parchment. Put your butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and beat together until nice and fluffy (probably take 5 mins with an electric hand mixer) Add the eggs, beating again each time you add one.
    6 speckled eggs
  2. Fold in the flour, baking powder and lemon zest. Spoon into the tin and bake in the oven for 55 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. While the cake is cooking, make the sugar syrup.
    Sloe Gin and Tonic
  3. Pour the tonic in a small saucepan and add the caster sugar - heat it gently until it dissolves, then boil it for a minute. Take 2 tablespoons out and add 2 tablespoons of the gin in another container - this is to soak the cake with once it's cooked.
    Boiling Sugar Syrup
  4. Use the syrup to candy the lemon - cut it into slices and simmer them for 10+ minutes until they look translucent, then take them out carefully and lay them on sugared baking parchment, and scatter more sugar on top.
  5. Once the cake is cooked, poke it full of holes and pour the syrup evenly over it and let it soak through as it cools (leave it in the tin on a wire rack)
    pouring on syrup
  6. While the cake cools, use the rest of the gin and sifted icing sugar to make the icing - add more gin if it's too firm, then decorate with your candied lemon slices. G&T heaven - in a cake!
    Loaf Cake
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