Celebrate Mother’s Day With A Gin Cake

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Ingredients for Cake

  • 250g Salted Butter
  • 325g Caster Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g Self-Raising Flour
  • 75g Plain Yogurt
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 75ml Gin
  • 150ml Tonic Water
  • 1tsp crushed juniper berries

Ingredients for Icing

  • 200g soft Butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp milk
  • Zest of 3 limes

Decorations

  • 2 limes: 1 zested and the other thinly sliced.
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ cucumber ribbons

Method:

Cake:

  1. Heat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Grease and line cake tin.
  3. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time. Beat after adding each egg.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of flour.
  6. Fold in zest.
  7. Fold in the rest of the flour.
  8. Mix the plain yogurt with the lime juice and 50 ml of Gin. Add to cake mixture.
  9. Split the silky mixture between 2 cake tins (for a double layer cake).

Syrup:

  1. On medium heat, mix the remaining sugar, tonic water, juniper berries and one of the lime’s juices in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in remaining gin.

* When cake is done baking, allow to cool. Use skewers to prick holes to pour syrup.

Icing

  1. Beat butter until soft.
  2. Add icing sugar bit by bit, mixing between each bit.
  3. Add the milk as well as zest of lime.

Decorate

Mix zest and sugar and sprinkle over icing. Add a touch of the cucumber ribbon.