Gin & Orange Cupcakes

“So do you like Gin?……If you do then these are a must for you Gin & Orange Cupcakes…..Gin infused sponge….with a hint of Orange…..topped with a Gin & Orange Buttercream…you may ask can you taste the Gin?  Yes definitely, not only taste you can smell it…..so go on bake, make,& share these!”

Makes 12

Ingredients for the Cakes

  • 175g  unsalted butter – softened
  • 165g  golden caster sugar
  • 175g  self raising flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp tonic water
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Gordan’s Gin (or one of your choice or what you may have in already)

For the icing

  • 250g  unsalted butter – softened
  • 500g  icing sugar
  • Juice of half a large orange
  • 4 tbsp Gordan’s Gin (or one of your choice or what you may have in already)

To decorate

  • Zest of half a large orange
  • half of large orange thinly sliced

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170 C & line a cupcake/muffin tin with 12 cases.
  2. Place butter & sugar in a bowl & beat together until light & creamy making sure you use a spatula to clear down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking in & making sure each one is fully combined before adding the next one.
  4. Sift in the flour & fold into the mixture, but don’t over stir.
  5. Stir in the tonic & orange juice.
  6. Divide the mixture into the 12 cases (being carefully not to overfill).
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes, until they are golden & a skewer comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the tin & place on a cooling rack & whilst they are still hot, pierce the top of each cake about 6 times and brush as much of the gin into the tops (using it all up of course….you can see that I like Gin)!!!

Method for the icing

  1. Soften the butter with a whisk.
  2. Add the icing sugar & whisk until combined.
  3. Add the juice from the half of the large orange into the icing & add the Gin.
  4. Whisk again until combined & the icing is soft & fluffy.
  5. Decorate your cakes with the icing (I used two toned piping Orange & Cream) & then added a quarter slice of orange & then added some orange zest.

” These truly are a delicious treat, so  bake, make & share….. & enjoy with a cup of afternoon tea or a lovely Gin & Orange……….If I must!”

 

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