Loaf cakes basically interpret as lazy cakes to me! I’m totally serious. They take minutes to whip up, there’s only one tin, minimal washing up and generally, they don’t need any decoration aside from a suitably tangy flavoured drizzle on top. Gin and Yuzu tonic drizzle cake may essentially have a couple more ingredients then usual loaf cakes do, but compared to the giant wedding and birthday cakes I’ve been creating lately they’re so so easy and always get eaten up super quick too.
Whilst we’re here…
I’ve had a bit of blogging crisis lately. Probably a combination of being over-worked, wedding season was manic and things just weren’t flowing as easily as they usually would. I was feeling deflated with my social media accounts, which is frankly a bit silly…as…well, it’s just social media! But, today I’ve had a really positive day and I’ve got a few collabs booked in too. Afternoon tea, a baking school visit, Christmas projects, a pizza masterclass! Basically lots of fun food stuff!
Just up my street.
Exciting things to come…
Even more exciting is that I’ve booked a weeks-long holiday to New York, sent out some more brand pitches (had two accepted), got my tickets for Traverse (a blogging network/adventure event in Italy) and I’m feeling quite organised and on top of things.
Making plans and having something to look forward to is key to keeping me motivated I think. Work to live, not live to work right?
You may have spotted there have been quite a few gin inspired recipes on my blog lately. That’s because I recently created a selection of recipes for Fentimans and I’ve been sharing them on my blog since. In the interests of transparency, the did pay me, so this is essentially under the new recently updated advertising guidelines, an AD. However, I never work with any brand I don’t 100% admire and Fentimans genuinely have an innovative product, I love their brand, their ethos and everything about what they do. I’m always extremely honest with my opinions too.
Having this opportunity was just fantastic, but no, I don’t have a gin problem 😉
Anyway, I’ll move on to the juicy stuff and the reason you’re most likely here.
Here’s a fab recipe for a spectacularly delicious Gin and Yuzu tonic loaf cake. You can buy this Tonic in most supermarkets, I’ve seen it in all the big ones, Fentimans also have a stockists list on their website too. I found the Yuzu flavour to be very similar to lemons and limes, it’s citrusy but maybe a tiny bit sweeter.
Let me know if you do bake this or any of my other recipes in fact, tag me in your bakes on social and most of all, enjoy! #cuppiesncream
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Gin and Yuzu Tonic Loaf Cake Recipe
- 260g Unsalted Butter
- 260g Caster Sugar
- 260g Self Raising Flour
- 4 Large Eggs
- 5tbsp Whole Milk
- 5tbsp of Gin
- 5tbsp of Yuzu Tonic
- 1 Lime
- 200g Icing Sugar
- 2tbsp Yuzu tonic
- Lime rind to sprinkle
- Grease & Line a 2lb (900g) loaf tin with parchment paper
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
- Add the butter and caster sugar to a bowl and beat until pale and creamy – this can take around 3-4 minutes
- Add your eggs one at time mixing each one until smooth
- Add in the milk, gin and tonic and stir in slowly until combined
- Sieve your flour and add in two parts mixing until smooth.
- Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes – test the cake after 50 minutes, but a skewer should come out clean, remember everyone’s ovens vary slightly.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a bowl, mix together the icing sugar and Yuzu until smooth. If it feels too thick add some more tonic a spoon at a time. Using a cocktail stick poke holes through the cake then drizzle the icing over the top – sprinkle with the Lime zest and leave the icing to dry.