Bestie’s pink gin birthday cake!

If you read my last blog post ‘My recent bakes’ you’ll know that I have been a massive, massive fail at logging my baking like I had been doing on my previous baking blog posts. Unfortunately, this time is no different! I was so stressed out trying to make this cake perfect that I didn’t take any pictures of the process. I was so proud of the end result of this cake that I had to do a blog post about it! So without the progress pictures here is the birthday cake I made for my best friend for her 22nd birthday!

Recipe

For the cake

  • 375g butter
  • 525g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 525g self raising flour
  • Zest 3 lemons
  • Juice 3 lemons
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 table spoons of milk
  • 210g icing sugar

For the icing

• 800g icing sugar

•400g butter

•10 shots pink gin

Method

For the cake

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius

  • Beat together butter and sugar
  • Add eggs one by one
  • Add lemon zest and mix in well
  • Fold in flour sifted and salt
  • Add milk until mixture is smooth
  • Divide mixture between 3 round cake tins
  • Bake for 20 minutes until tops are springy and a skewer comes out clean
  • While the cakes are baking mix together lemon juice and icing sugar in a saucepan over a low heat, until sugar is all dissolved
  • While cakes are cooling pierce holes with a skewer all over them
  • Spoon the lemon juice mixture all over the cakes
  • (try not to over-moisten the cakes as this will make them difficult to stack later)
  • Leave cakes to cool completely
  • Once completely cool take them out of their tins

For the icing

(I did this the next day but it can be done same day if you require)

  • Beat the butter until smooth
  • Sift in icing sugar bit by bit until it is all combined
  • Add gin, gradually tasting your mixture to ensure the taste is how you like it
  • Once you are happy with the flavour use whatever food colouring you’d like – I kept it white to cover the cake and then added pink!
  • I find it helpful to keep this icing refrigerated when you can as the alcohol does make it split.

Decorating

  • Place your first layer on a plate/cake circle
  • Cover evenly in your icing
  • Place the next layer on top of this one
  • Cover evenly in your icing
  • Place the top layer
  • Cover evenly in your icing
  • Cover the sides in your icing
  • Leave in the fridge to set
  • Drip your drip mixture down the side of the cake (I used           double cream,           white chocolate and some food colouring).
  • Leave in fridge to set
  • Pipe your icing on the cake
  • Cover in all your sweet, pink treats!!!!

Here we have the finished cake!

My best friend was absolutely blown away with it and I am so bloody happy so loved it! What do you think? I have had incredible feedback from a lot of people so I am so happy and maybe even a little bit proud of myself!

Beth x

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