Gluten Free Gin and Tonic Cupcakes and/or Dairy Free

 

 

Let summer be-gin! Fragrant, zesty and ever so slightly alcoholic, these cupcakes are delicious and so fresh. As with everything on my blog, they are really easy to do so I promise decorating them will make you feel ginvincible! Okay, okay I'll stop with the gin puns now...

Seriously though, these are perfect to take to a summer BBQ or as a birthday gift for that gin lover in your life. They really do taste like a gin and tonic - in cake - what more could a girl ask for?

 

I know I said these cupcakes are easy to make and they are, but they're also a little bit fussy. Generally in boozy bakes you can get away with using cheap alcohol but not here, these little darlings demand respect! I used Bombay Sapphire but any good quality gin would work just as well. 

 

Quick Tips

 

* Asda Free From or Schar Universal mix flours work best

* Always use Pure Sunflower spread if you are making these dairy free - it has a better consistency    and less flavour so it really amps up the gin (yay!)

*Just like my lemon crunch sprinkles, the lime crunch needs 24 hours to set

 

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

 

Ingredients

 

Makes 8 muffin size cakes

 

Cakes

* 200g Stork or Pure Sunflower spread

* 200g granulated sugar

* 200g gluten free self- raising flour

* 3 medium eggs

* 1/2 tsp baking powder

* 50ml good quality gin such as Bombay Sapphire

* 1 tbsp concentrated lime juice

 

Syrup

* 4 tbsp concentrated lime juice

* 2 tbsp granulated sugar

 

Frosting - dairy free

* 200g Pure Sunflower spread

* 650g icing sugar, sifted

* 1 tbsp gin

* Few drops of green food colouring

 

 

Frosting - regular

* 200g Stork spread

* 500g icing sugar, sifted

* 1 tbsp gin

* Few drops of green food colouring

 

 

Lime Crunch

* 240g Granulated sugar

* Few drops of concentrated lime juice

* Green food colouring

 

 

 

 

METHOD

 

For the cakes

 

*Mix together the butter and sugar, combining well

*Add the eggs and beat well, until the mixture looks like this

 

 

* Fold in the flour and baking powder, mixing well

*Add the lime juice and gin, mixing well

*Bake in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 3/150C for 20 minutes until golden brown and a cake     tester comes out clean

*Once cooled, make small holes in the cakes using a cake tester

* Pour one tablespoon of syrup over each cake, let it absorb, then pour over another half tablespoon

 

For the Frosting

* Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the butter in small chunks, mixing until you have a very firm frosting

* Add the gin and mix well

* Add a couple of drops of food colouring until the frosting is pale green

* Sprinkle on the green lime crunch 

 

For the Lime Crunch

* Mix together the sugar and lime juice until it is wet, but the sugar hasn't started to dissolve

* Add a few drops of food colouring until you get a pale green colour, tasting after every two drops to check the lime flavour is still present

* Place some of the pale green frosting onto a baking tray and flatten

* Add more green food colouring to the lime crunch until you get a mid-green colour and repeat    the steps above until you have pale, mid and dark green lime crunch mixes

* Allow to dry for 2 hours and then agitate the lime crunch until there are large chunks of crystals

* Leave in a well ventilated/dry room, agitating every couple of hours until you get smaller, dry chunks of green sugary goodness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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