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Gin and tonic cake recipe, with Lakeland frosting

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Everybody loves a just baked treat. Add in your favourite gin and tonic, however, and you’ve got a boozy delight that is perfect for lazy afternoons or special occasions alike.

Gin and tonic cake is the perfect update to a simple sponge. What could be more delicious than the taste of a classic G&T to balance out the sweetness of the icing sugar and frosting?

This recipe uses the Wilton Easy Layer Cake Pan Set but you can also bake the mixture in batches. To decorate, go for Lakeland’s Gin & Tonic Flavoured Frosting.

Finally, the addition of Wilton Shot Tops Martini Glasses on top makes a fun reference to cocktail-making. Simply fill them with your favourite G&T, give them a squeeze and boost the booze content in your cake at will!


For the cake:

260g caster sugar

150g softened butter

3 eggs, beaten

260g self-raising flour, sifted

11/2tsp. baking powder

6 tbsp. milk

Green food colouring

Yellow food colouring


For the filling:

100g butter, softened

200g icing sugar, sifted

Dash of gin and tonic



  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas 4. Grease and line all five pans from the Wilton® Easy Layer 15cm Cake Pan Set.
  2. To make the sponges, beat together the caster sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder and milk and beat until smooth and well combined.
  3. Divide mixture between two bowls in a two fifths, three fifths split. Add a few drops of green food colouring to the smaller portion, and a few drops of yellow food colouring to the larger portion.
  4. Divide green mixture between two pans and yellow mixture between three pans. Place all the cake pans into the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, then remove and leave to cool.
  5. To make the filling, beat together the butter, icing sugar and gin and tonic. Starting with a yellow sponge on the base, build up your cake with alternating yellow and green sponges, adding a layer of buttercream between each.
  6. Using a spatula, cover the whole cake in Lakeland Gin & Tonic Flavoured Frosting. Decorate the top with Wilton® Martini Shot Tops filled with gin and tonic, then finish with a sprinkling of lime zest.

With thanks to Lakeland and The Sunday Post for this recipe. 

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