Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

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Firstly, there is nothing a good properly made G&T wont fix. Add in one of these cupcakes and you are ready to combat all demons. 

The Ingredients

You will need:

  • 100ml {or a good old pour} of GOOD QUALITY GIN. You do not want your hard work to taste like shit.
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 40g Unsalted butter or “baking spread”- this is often soft so much easier and in my humble opinion you cannot taste the difference.
  • 120g Plain Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • The zest of an entire lime (finely grated)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 120ml whole milk {or semi-skimmed if you wanna watch the waste line… yeah right!}

I have a good old Kenwood Kmix. Using the paddle attachment bung all the dry ingredients and the butter and mix until they look like sand.

In a jug whisk the egg, milk and lime zest.

Slowly add the liquid to the dry and mix until thick and smooth.

Pop into your cases and bake at 170 degrees for roughly 17 minutes. No matter how many times I bake cupcakes, I always end up leaving them in a bit longer or quickly whisking them out. Just keep an eye to see if they’re catching. And try not to be tempted to open the door early or you’ll have flat shit pancake like cupcakes.

Make your self a G&T before cracking on with…

The Syrup

  • 125 g Caster sugar
  • 125 ml Tonic water, this doesn’t have to be expensive!
  • 3 1/2 tbsp gin, this does (well not expensive just not crappy!

In a pan gently heat the caster sugar and tonic water, keep stirring until all the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil for 1 min then remove from heat and cool. Once cool tip in your gin. Taste. Add a little more.

Cupcakes done, syrup done. Leave all on the side to cool. Time to ice.

THE ICING 

  • 150g Butter {butter alternative}
  • 25ml milk
  • 600g Icing sugar
  • 70ml Gin
  • The zest of another lime (leave a tiny bit to sprinkle on top)

Whack it all in the mixer and beat until really light and fluffy. Pop into piping bag.

Poke holes in the cupcakes, drizzle with syrup and ice.

Sprinkle the zest on top and BOOM.

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