Lemon Gin & Tonic Cake


For the Cake:

  • 200g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 75ml gin

For the syrup:

  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60ml tonic water
  • 2 tbsp gin

For the icing and decoration:

  • 50g granulated sugar
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp gin
  • 1 lemon, very finely sliced.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  • Butter a 900g loaf tin and line the base and sides with baking parchment.
  • Put the butter and sugar into a bowl, and whisk with an electric whisk until pale, light, and fluffy.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a jug. Gradually pour them into the butter and sugar mixture, whisking all the while.
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder, and lemon zest. Pour in the gin, stir then spoon into the prepared tin.
  • Bake for 1 hour. After 55 minutes, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and, if it comes out clean, take the cake out of the oven. If it doesn’t, give it another 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the syrup. Put the sugar and tonic water into a small pan and set over a low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and boil the syrup for 1 minute without stirring.
  • Measure out 2 tbsp of the syrup into a small bowl and mix in the gin.
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, use a skewer to make 8 holes in it. Drizzle the gin syrup over the top of the cake and leave to cool in the tin.
  • Turn out the cake, turn it right-side up again, and place on a wire rack.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the icing and spoon it on the cake. Arrange the lemon slices along the top. Leave to set.