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World Gin Day: Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

June 9, 2017

It’s World Gin Day tomorrow (10th June). If you’re based in the UK you might be of the opinion that this is particularly well timed. I could not possibly comment.


In celebration of this, I made some Gin & Tonic Cupcakes for my monthly blog over at Rangemaster. The recipe below is slightly tweaked but mostly borrowed from the brilliant Bake It Instinct blog where there is also a very tempting recipe for Gin & Tonic Macarons. You can find a host of other gin based ideas at Charlottes Lively Kitchen and Good Housekeeping.


Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

Makes 12-14


  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g baking margarine or butter
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 4 tbsp of a pre-mixed can of gin and tonic
  • 2 tbsp gin
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 500 – 650g icing sugar (i find the weather affects this)
  • Zest of two limes and a little juice
  • 4 tbsp gin
  • 2 more limes for the decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 170c
  2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Turn the mixer to slow and add the eggs one at a time
  4. Add a little flour if it starts to curdle
  5. Fold in the flour
  6. Stir in the gin & tonic mix
  7. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and fill about 2/3rds full
  8. Bake for 20mins until just golden (don’t let them go too brown as they will go hard)
  9. While the are cooling, prick them with a fork and drizzle the gin over


To make the icing:

  1. Beat the butter until soft and then add the icing sugar
  2. Beat until light and fluffy, then beat some more!
  3. If it’s too wet, add more icing sugar – I made mine on a hot day and it needed loads more
  4. Beat in the gin and lime zest
  5. Pipe onto the cooled cakes and top with a slice of lime and some more zest
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