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​Slingsby Gin and Pink Grapefruit Cakes

9 August 2017

These wickedly naughty little loaf cakes are truly made in Yorkshire. They combine the expert baking knowledge of Lisa Bennison, one of our most experienced Cookery School tutors and a Yorkshire lass through and through, with the irresistible flavours of Harrogate’s very own Slingsby Gin. What’s the saying? One for the cake, one for me…


Makes 6-9

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 2 x 50g caster sugar
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • Zest of half a pink grapefruit. Peel off half for the drizzle. Juice the grapefruit and keep for the drizzle.
  • 25ml of pink grapefruit juice
  • 25ml Slingsby Gin
  • 2 eggs (medium), separated
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • For the drizzle
  • ½ grapefruit peel and the remaining juice
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50ml Slingsby Gin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 crushed juniper berries
  • Extra caster sugar for frosting

Special Equipment

  • 9x fancier mould or 6 x individual loaf tins
  • Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (fan assisted).
    2. Brush the moulds with a little oil, set aside.
    3. Separate the eggs and place the whites in a clean, dry, metal bowl and whisk to firm peak stage. Gradually whisk in one measure of 50g caster sugar and keep whisking until the meringue is shiny. Place to one side.
    4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and a measure of 50g caster sugar using an electric whisk, until light and creamy. Add the zest of ½ pink grapefruit and beat together.
    5. Gradually whisk in the egg yolks a little at a time. Fold in the ground almonds, baking powder and flour with a large metal spoon.
    6. Pour in the 25ml of gin and 25ml of the squeezed pink grapefruit. Continue to fold until smooth.
    7. Then gently fold the meringue into the cake mix.
    8. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared cake tins and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
    9. While the cake bakes prepare the drizzle.
    10. Cut the pink grapefruit peel into thin strips and place the peel with remaining grapefruit juice and a 50g measure caster sugar, bay leaves and juniper berries into a heavy based pan.
    11. Warm over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes or until you have a syrupy consistency.
    12. Remove from the heat add the gin.
    13. Turn out cakes and place onto a cooling wire. Prick the warm sponge all over with a skewer, remove the bay leaves and juniper berries, and then drizzle half the syrup over each of the sponge cakes.
    14. Add a little extra caster sugar to remaining syrup and peel to create a frosted sugar glaze. Spoon over the cakes with a few strips of the grapefruit.
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