As a child I learnt an invaluable piece of wisdom from my mum which has seen me through to my thirties …. “when life gives you lemons, make a Gin & Tonic” and who was I to argue with that wise bit of parenting.
For period pains, heartbreaks, or just that the sun was out it was five o clock somewhere and a gin and tonic to be enjoyed.
So this mothers day I decided why not take these simple ingredients to a happy life and put it in a cake, so that’s what I’ve done, well the Gin anyway.
This is not a cake that is going to win any prizes for its beauty, however seeped in gin and with the zest of the lemon it tastes like a summers evening in a beer garden and there’s no need for ice.
Try it for yourself, here’s my recipe for my own “Mothers Ruin”
150g Maple Syrup
200g self-raising flour
Tonic water (optional)
> Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
> Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature.
> Cream together the butter and maple syrup
> Add the eggs and beat in.
> Sieve in the flour and mix until light and fluffy.
> Add the lemon zest and the juice of 2 lemons, add the gin and mix.
> Pour into a cake tin and place in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until it passes the knife test.
> For the glaze, mix the ingredients together dependant on how sweet, boozy, zesty you want it to be. Prick holes in to the cake and pour over.
Happy Mothers Day Mum, for this wonderful bit of wisdom and for EVERYTHING else ♥