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18 Feb 2012

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

Last year, for my Birthday, I received five bottles of gin.  Yes, that's right, five! One bottle of Hendricks, two bottles of Tanqueray 10, one bottle of Gordons and one bottle of pink gin.  That's a whole lot of G&T's, in fact, it's enough to keep a girl in G&T for almost a whole year.  With my Birthday fast approaching I'm down to my last bottle of Tanqueray and readying my cocktail cabinet for this years onslaught.  So, you should know by now, I'm just like every other cliched blogger in the world, I'm a G&T kinda gal.  With ice and a slice, of course.  I came to gin early in my life, at the ripe old age of 18.  My local student club night, Get Ya Skates On, served a double G&T for £1.50.  My poor student bank balance enjoyed this deal and thus, a lifetime relationship was born.  Here's to ten more years.

I can't actually believe it has taken me this long to include my favorite tipple in a cupcake recipe.  Maybe I thought it too sacred or maybe I didn't want to waste good gin on what could turn out to be a rancid failure, I don't know, but five bottles of the stuff means I can afford to be a little dangerous.    I used the premise of my Margarita cupcakes to create this recipe, they turned out amazingly so surely it should work with gin.  It does!

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

175g unsalted butter
175g golden caster sugar
175g self raising flour
25g plain flour
2 large eggs
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla
3 tbsp tonic water
2tbsp gin
zest of 1 lime

Preheat the oven to 180C - 160C fan and line a cupcake tray with 12 liners.
In a large bowl sift together the flours and baking powder. Set aside.

Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and mix until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.  Add the flour mixture in one go ensuring all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.  Stir in tonic water.

Fill the cupcake liners to 2/3 full and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Pierce the top of each cupcake five times and using half of the gin, brush over each cake. Leave to cool.

For the frosting mix the butter and icing sugar together until pale and creamy.  Add the remaining gin to the frosting and mix to combine.  Pipe a generous swirl upon each cake, grate over some lime zest and top with a marshmallow ice cube and a wedge of lime.

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  1. Oh my goodness, this is just amazing. AMAZING!
    I share your love for G&T an love this idea :) thanks x

  2. Wow, these look amazing Katie. I love a gin and tonic, so will be bookmarking for future use!

  3. This looks amazing! can't wait to try it out!!!

  4. Brilliant! I love Tanqueray and tonic. While I've made margarita cupcakes and St-Germain cupcakes, I haven't thought to do these yet. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Wow, what an amazing and clever idea. And as always beautiful pictures! Thanks

  6. Thank you so much for posting this! x

  7. You can't beat a G&T....except a G&T cupcake. Great idea and such beautiful pictures

  8. Any suggestions as to what I can substitute for golden caster sugar? I can't find it here in the US but would love to make this recipe

  9. Hey you !
    I like your blog and I'd like to try this recipe but can you tell me how many eggs I'll need ?
    Thank you and have a nice day !

  10. My memories of Skates are a bit less refined, I remember many a night with too many diesels!
    These look gorgeous though, I always love your piping skills :) xx

  11. I can't see butter and icing sugar in the ingredients list for the icing... how much of each?

  12. Also, what size nozzle would you recommend for the piping? I'd like to make these for my mum and I've not piped icing onto cupcakes before. Yours look so great!

  13. Hi there!

    If you have a look at this post I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for :)

    Katie xoxo

  14. Also, just use your fave frosting recipe, any will do :)

    I use 500g icing sugar, 250g unsalted butter and enough milk to make it easy to work with.

    Katie xoxo

  15. These look great! I'll give them a go for Jubilee weekend. (I'll link back when I blog about them. Thanks! :)

  16. Made these for Easter.
    Overall they were good, but might be better off calling them key lime cupcakes, as the lime flavor strongly overrides any gin or tonic flavor.
    In general, they were fine but i probably would make them again. If I did, I would make a cream cheese cupcake to compliment the lime flavor


Thank you for your comments :)

Katie xo