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Gin & Lemon Cake

By W Jane Vermeer, added 30 June 2011

Difficulty Medium Serves +12 depending on the size of the slice RecipePrep time30 minutes RecipeCooking Time 60 minutes

  • Gin & Lemon Cake

We liked the sound of this recipe (perhaps it was the Gin that appealed) so we decided to give it a go. It has good lemon flavour and is a dense cake (typical of this type of cake). It gets the thumbs up from us!

Recipe Rating: 5


200g Butter
1 1/2 cups Chelsea White Sugar
Zest of 2 Lemons
4 x Eggs
3 cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Milk (at room temperature)

1/2 cup Chelsea Caster Sugar
Juice of 2 Lemons
6 Tbsp gin

1 small Lemon
1/2 cup Chelsea White Sugar
1 cup Water

Alternative decoration:
Chelsea Icing Sugar to dust


Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan-bake). Prepare a 24cm loose-bottomed cake tin by lining the base with baking paper, brushing the sides with butter and dredging lightly with flour.
To make the cake, cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time.Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, and fold carefully into the egg mixture.
Add the milk and stir in gently. Pile the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the cake shrinks from the sides of the tin. This can also be made in 6 small loaf tins which would be baked for about 25 minutes.

While the cake is cooking, prepare the topping and the decoration. To make the topping, stir the caster sugar, lemon juice and gin together.

To make the decoration, slice the lemon finely. Melt the sugar in the water, bring to a simmer and gently poach the lemon slices for 10 minutes. Remove slices to drain. When the cake is removed from the oven, pour topping mixture over the hot cake.

Add the lemon slices around the edge of the top of the cake and allow to cool.

Using a brulee torch, gently scortch the top of the cake.

For a serving idea, spoon over a mixture of whipped cream and Greek-style yoghurt. Serves 12 or more.

As an alternative to the scortched lemon slices, dust with Chelsea icing sugar.

This recipe has been added by a user and has not been tested by Chelsea sugar.

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Recipe Rating: 5

5 ratings, 64 people added this to their Favourite Recipes.

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  • 5

    Fantastic and quite easy to make, was a great dessert.