Nothing is as much a classic cocktail as a gin and tonic, however, if your sweet tooth is needs a pick-me-up, then this recipe for Gin and Tonic Cupcakes from Good Housekeeping U.K., is definitely worth the effort.
Don’t allow the unusual measurements and “caster sugar” dissuade you from making these cupcakes. A scale is useful in any kitchen and one can be found at any big-box store for a few dollars. Caster sugar is simply a more finer grain of sugar than the granulated sugar we American’s are used to using. I use Domino’s Superfine Sugar. It can be found at Wal-Mart. It comes in a tall plastic bottle in the baking aisle along with other sugars. And ounces are found on the side of measuring cups opposite the cup measures listed along the side.
These are my cupcakes following the recipe. I think you will enjoy them for your next party or get-together. (This recipe will make 12 cupcakes; I needed to test one first)!
Here is a list of what you will need:
200grams (7oz.) unsalted butter
200grams (7oz.) caster sugar (I used Domino’s Superfine Sugar in the yellow plastic bottle)
4 medium eggs
200grams (7oz.) self-rising flour
Grated zest of 1 lime
75ml (3 oz. gin) (I used Gordon’s London Dry Gin)
And for the syrup:
50grams (4oz. caster sugar)
50ml (4 oz.) tonic water
2 tbsp. gin
For the buttercream frosting:
200 grams (7oz.) unsalted butter, softened
450 grams icing (confectioner’s sugar)
2-3 tbsps. of gin
Grated zest of 1 lime
Decorate with two limes cut into slices lengthwise, and cut through up to the rind, then twist and place on top of each cupcake.
Add a straw cut in half for the added effect of a gin and tonic.
Preheat oven to 180*C or 350 degrees F*.
Fill a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs one at a time and mixing well after each addition.
With a large spoon, fold in the flour and lime zest, followed by the gin. Spoon into cupcake liners and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into middle of cupcake, come out clean.
While cupcakes are baking, make the gin syrup.
Gently heat caster sugar and tonic water in a small pan, stirring often until sugar has dissolved. Turn up heat and boil for 1 minute. Stir in the gin.
Once the cakes have come out of the oven, poke holes into each cupcake with a toothpick and begin to brush the syrup over cupcakes. Leave the cupcakes to cool for 15 minutes then place cupcakes on a wire rack.
Make the buttercream by beating the butter until very soft then beat in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the gin to taste and the lime zest. Pipe buttercream onto cupcakes and add lime twist to each. Add a straw.
Yummy! Enjoy these delicious cupcakes.
Recipe can be found at http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/food/recipes/gin-tonic-cupcakes