This Gin & Lime Drizzle Cake is definitely one for the adults! The flavours so many of us know and love in cake form – what could be better?!
Who doesn’t love gin?
Gin has become increasingly popular over the last few years. When I first started drinking it, there were a few well known brands available.
Now there are so many different brands and flavours out there it’s amazing!
If you don’t like gin *gasps*, check out my Pimm’s Cupcakes. They are another example of mixing alcohol and fruit in cakes.
Why use gin in a cake?
Gin adds a lovely flavour to cakes. The trick is to add enough so you can taste the botanicals but not so much that it tastes like neat gin.
Using gin in cakes isn’t a new idea. A lot of the cakes I have seen include tonic though. I cannot stand tonic; it tastes disgusting to me.
So I drink my gin with lemonade – not what I was looking for in a cake though! Lime is one of my favourite additions to gin. It compliments so many dry gins so is a great fruit to have around!
What kind of gin is best to use for this cake?
For this Gin & Lime Drizzle Cake, you don’t have to use your most prized gin. I have a few gins that I save for special occasions and I wouldn’t use one of them for this cake.
I would recommend using a regular dry gin that you would usually enjoy with lime.
For this cake as is also includes lime, I would avoid using flavoured gins.
What kind of drizzle does this Gin & Lime Drizzle Cake have?
To me, there are two types of drizzle cakes. You can get crunchy drizzles like on traditional lemon drizzle cakes or smooth, soft drizzles like on this cake.
I always prefer the soft drizzles because I’m not a fan of the crunchy sugar the traditional drizzles. My recipes like my Lemon & Thyme Drizzle Cake and Blood Orange Drizzle Cake have the soft drizzle.
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Gin & Lime Drizzle Cake
This Gin & Lime Drizzle Cake is definitely one for the adults! The flavours so many of us know and love in cake form - what could be better?!
For the cake
- 4 eggs
- 250 g caster sugar
- 250 g margarine
- 250 g self raising flour
- 2 limes zested
- 60 ml lime juice
- 60 ml gin
For the drizzle
- 1 tbsp gin
- 100 g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 lime zested
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line a 2lb loaf tin
Cream together the sugar and the butter until pale and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix before adding the flour and lime zest and mix again until smooth. Add the gin and lime juice and mix again
Pour the mix into the loaf tin and smooth the top
Bake for 45-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the tin and leaving it to cool completely on a wire rack
Mix the gin, lime juice and icing sugar together
Drizzle over the cake and sprinkle with lime zest
Keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.