Gin & Tonic Loaf Cake


Portland has been teased with some beautiful warm, sunny weather over the last week. So warm and sunny I actually have silly tan lines from the tape on my knee. At least my physical therapist will know where to place it next time. I like to make his life easy.

Is there a cocktail easier to make than a gin & tonic? Gin, tonic, some ice cubes and away you go. Lemon or lime if you’re feelin’ a little fancy.


I got my love for G&T’s from my mum and the stronger, the better.

I am my mother’s daughter.


This lovely little recipe is essentially a lemon poundcake infused with gin and topped with a gin & tonic glaze.

It’ll have you saying “WOOOOOOO!”, I promise. Just ask my friends Mary and Taylor. They were exclaiming “WOOOOOOO” with almost every bite.


I don’t bake with alcohol very often, but after this there’s a good chance more alcohol-infused treats will be appearing on the blog in the future.

This is a perfect spring/summer treat. Pair it with an actual G&T on a sunny day or a cup of tea and you’ll never want anything else ever again.


Gin & Tonic Loaf Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf cake


    For the cake:
  • 4 eggs, weighed in their shells
  • Unsalted butter, equal to weight of eggs
  • Sugar, equal to weight of eggs
  • Self-rising flour, equal to weight of eggs
  • Zest of two lemons
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 shots of gin
    For the glaze:
  • 3-4 shots of gin
  • Splash of tonic water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Powdered sugar, enough to reach your desired glaze consistency


  1. Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and line a loaf pan.
  2. Beat together your butter and sugar until light, pale, and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat to combine. Mix in the flour until incorporated.
  3. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and gin. The batter will look very loose and wet, but it will come together.
  4. Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until cake is baked through. Leave in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  5. Combine the ingredients for the glaze to make a loose mixture. Using a fork, poke the top of the cake and pour over some of the glaze. Add more powdered sugar to make a thicker glaze and drizzle/pour over the cake.

Leave a Reply