Yes, you read that right – gin & tonic cake! Putting two of our favourite things together, a refreshing gin and tonic, and a delicious cake!

This cake is soft, light, and super tasty. A light lime buttercream tops the cake off, just adding that little sweetness and tartness to round it all up.

Serve the cake for afternoon tea at your next book club, or make it at home as a special treat for yourself!



  • 325g Caster sugar
  • 250g Salted butter, diced
  • 250g Self-raising white flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 75g Natural yogurt
  • 75ml Gin
  • 150ml Tonic water


  • 200g Softened butter
  • 400g Icing sugar
  • 2tbsp Milk
  • 3 Limes (juice and zest)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease 2 x 20cm cake tins, and line with parchment paper if you want.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and half of the caster sugar until it is white and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs into the sugar and butter mix one at a time, along with a tablespoon of flour, mixing to ensure that they are fully mixed in before adding in the next egg.
  5. Once all the eggs are mixed in, fold in the rest of the flour.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the natural yogurt and the juice of one of the limes. Mix and add in ¾ of the gin. Pour this mix into the cake batter and mix together well.
  7. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two cake tins and leave to bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
  8. To check the cake, insert a skewer into the centre, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
  9. While the cake is baking, start making the syrup. Place the remaining caster sugar, tonic water, and juice of one lime into a small saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Leave to heat until the sugar has dissolved, and then stir. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour in the rest of the gin and set the syrup aside.
  11. Once the cakes have been removed from the oven and left aside to cool, use a skewer to poke holes all over the cakes. Pour the syrup evenly over both cakes and allow to cool completely.
  12. Now make the buttercream. Beat the butter until it is soft and then add in a third of the icing sugar at a time, beating as you go. Add in a tablespoon of milk to help loosen it all up if it is too stiff or hard.
  13. Add in the zest of the 3 limes and mix well.
  14. To make up the cake, cover the top of one cake with 1/3 of the buttercream icing. Place the second layer on top of this. Cover the top layer with buttercream icing and spread the icing down the sides as well.
  15. You can top the cake with whatever decorations you like, or leave it plain with some sliced limes and mint leaves.

Gin & Tonic Cake


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