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"Baking is therapy" Paul Hollywood.


Gin, Elderflower and Lemon Cake

We love a good cake! So when we met Susan, the baker behind Foxy Cakes & Bakes, we knew that we wanted a piece (get it?!)


What better time to share this with you, than just in time for the launch of the Great British Bake Off 2019.


When Susan first popped into the distillery a few months ago, she delivered me the most beautiful gin macarons, we'll share this recipe with you one day if she lets me! So naturally, on her second visit to the distillery to top up her gin shelf, she had set the bar very high for gin baked deliveries!!


It is extremely safe to say that Susan did not disappoint. The recipe that we're going to share with you is for her Naked Gin, Elderflower and Lemon Cake.


And here's how it's done!




On your marks, get set, BAKE!


INGREDIENTS


Sponge Cake

150g unsalted butter, softened

150g golden caster sugar

150g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

3 large eggs, beaten together (we like the beautiful Scamans Eggs!)

1 tbs ,milk (whole or semi-skimmed)

Pinch of salt

Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon

Lemon Gin Syrup

75g golden caster sugar

Juice of half a large lemon

2 tbs of London Dry Pin Gin


Elderflower & Gin Buttercream 150g unsalted butter, softened

300g icing sugar

Few drops of elderflower extract / elderflower cordial to taste (the Belvoir one is super tasy!)

2 tbs London Dry Pin Gin


Lemon Curd

5 tbs of lemon curd (either homemade or shop bought)

Lemon Curd and gin are the perfect pair!

Decoration

Choose your favourite but I like to use a natural decoration with this cake such as lavender, rose petals or herbs*

*Ensure that any flowers or leaves are edible and washed.


METHOD


1. Preheat oven to 180C (160Fan)/350F/Gas 4

2. Base line 3 x 15cm/ 6” round sandwich tins and grease sides well.

3. Make Sponge Cakes: Beat butter with sugar in a standmixer with paddle attachment or using an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.

4. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl.

5. Add half of the egg mixture and the milk and mix on a low speed until combined.

6. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on a low speed until combined.

7. Use a spatula to scrape around the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure that no ingredients are left unmixed.

8. Repeat until all of the eggs and flour mixture are used.

9. Finally, add the lemon zest and mix on a low speed until combined.

10. Divide the mixture between the 3 tins, smooth the tops and bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden and the cake is starting to shrink away from the sides of the tin.


11.Whilst the sponges are baking, make the Syrup: Combine the lemon juice, gin and sugar in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

12.Repeat microwaving for 30 seconds at a time until the sugar is completely dissolved and you have a clear syrup.


13.Once the sponges are taken out of the oven, place them on a rack and poke a few holes through them with a fine skewer or cocktail stick.

14.Carefully spoon the syrup between the three sponges evenly, ensuring that the whole of the surface is covered.

15.You may not need all of the syrup. The sponge needs to be moist, not soggy.

16. After 5 minutes, carefully remove the sponges from the tins and leave to cool until completely cold.


17.Make the Buttercream: In a standmixer with the paddle attachment or with an electric handheld mixer, beat the butter until pale and fluffy.

18.Gradually add the icing sugar with the elderflower extract / cordial and gin, mixing on a low setting until combined, then increase the speed until the buttercream is pale and fluffy.




(AVENGERS) ASSEMBLE


1. Peel off lining paper from bases of sponges.

2. Place first sponge on cake stand/board and spread with one quarter of the buttercream, ensuring you take it right to the edges.

3. Place the second sponge on top and spread the top with lemon curd.

4. Finally, take the third sponge and place it upside down on top of the other two sponges.

5. Next, using a palette knife, cover the top and sides of the cake with the buttercream, reserving a small amount for decoration.

6. Take a scraper or large palette knife and run it around the sides of the cake firmly. This will create the semi-naked effect. Smooth the top.

7. Use the remainder of the buttercream to pipe small rosettes around the base and top edge.

8. Decorate as desired.


And that's how it's done! We will be sharing some more of Susan's beautiful recipes soon, but in the meantime, if you want to look her up, then check out the Facebook page at Foxy Cakes and Bakes.


If you need to top up your own gin shelf, ready for your boozy baking then don't forget you can order here or pop into our little gin shop at the distillery!


Enjoy!

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