I like to bake and every time I do so I like to try something new. This weekend I decided to re-invent the lime drizzle sponge cake with a little tipple of her majesty's favourite – gin!
This isn't a 'healthy' recipe nor does it contain ingredients I would usually eat, however it does consist of less than a quarter of ingredients that a shop bought cake may contain. There ain't no 'thigh dimpling' corn syrup in this scrummy treat.
See ya, I'm off to tuck into a big hunk of this moist sponge cake and a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Find the recipe below:
makes one 8×15 baking dish
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly zested lime rind
1/4 cup gin
1/4 cup milk
juice of 1 lime
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Firstly, use an electric mixer and beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Add in sugar and continue to beat on medium-high speed until fluffy.
- Add in each egg one at a time, beating until mixed before adding the next.
- Add in vanilla and lime zest, mix.
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.
- With the mixer on low speed, add in half of the dry ingredients.
- Add in gin, milk and lime juice, mixing until combined, make sure to mix the sides of the bowl too.
- Add remaining flour and mix until just combined.
- Pour into a greased 8×15 baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden (I always check with sharp knife - if it doesn't come out clean it's not ready).
- Remove cake from oven and immediately poke holes over top with a fork.
- Pour gin glaze over then, then let cake cool completely. (See below)
- We were too hungry to wait but next time I will frost with icing and decorate with sliced limes.
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 to 3 tablespoons gin
the juice of 1 lime
- Mix ingredients together until a glaze forms, then pour over cake immediately while it is still warm, allowing it to seep into the holes.
- You can use tonic instead of gin in the glaze if desired.