One of my favourite drinks is gin. My Grandmother for as long as I can remember has been a gin drinker. When visiting her in Spain she always had a glass of gin and tonic while preparing dinner, 6 o’clock in her house was gin o’clock.
As a very young child I was fascinated that this drink not only included cubes of ice to keep the drink cool, but it had to be served with a wedge of lemon.
I remember asking my Grandmother at about the age of 10 if I could have a sip and she replied that I would not like it as it was a grown up drink. I did have a sip and I remember pulling a face as I had expected the drink to be sweet more like lemonade rather than having a sour undertone.
20 years later I no longer pull a face when drinking gin as my pallet has matured and I now can’t resit a tipple of gin. I often joked to my friends that I should incorporate it into a cake. A couple of weeks ago one of my friends spotted a gin and tonic cake recipe and suggested that I should give it ago.
The original recipe came from the Pudding Lane Blog. Reading through the ingredients list I was shocked by the amount of gin specified. I did not use the full amount, but can assure you that the amount I used will suit any gin drinkers pallet.
The result. A beautifully moist cake that really tastes of gin. It is not overpowering and is perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon. My Dad, who like me, is a big gin fan thought that it was a very good cake. A smile crept across his face as he started to eat his slice. He is now bursting to share my recipe with his friends.
I should warn you that you might only want to eat onc slice if you are driving. The alcohol content does not get burnt off in the syrup and I am sure one slice too many could take you slightly over the limit.
The cake has inspired me to try and incorporate a couple more spirits into cake. So what this space.
For now, gin lovers, enjoy.