Pink Gin Cupcakes

Soft and Delicious Pink Gin and Lemon Cupcakes topped with the fluffiest Pink Gin Buttercream, Decorated with a Strawberries, Raspberries and a Straw.

IMG_8241The most Delicious Pink Gin and Lemon Cupcakes topped with the fluffiest Pink Gin Buttercream.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months you will know how UTTERLY AMAZING Pink Gin is. Gin seems to have made a comeback this year which has led to lots of different varieties but everyone seems to be talking about and suggesting ways to drink Pink Gin (with lemonade, pink lemonade tonic water the list goes on).

I was a bit late and only bought a bottle of Pink Gin a few weeks ago when I was heading to a friends party, my initial thought was I need to give this a try, I was seriously lagging behind my friends and boyfriends family all of whom LOVE Pink Gin; my second thought was I will definitely need to bake with this. The brand I bought was Gordons Pink Gin which  “balances the refreshing taste of Gordons with the sweetness of raspberries, strawberries, and redcurrants.”

I made the Pink Gin into cupcakes because this week is National Cupcake Week 2018. You don’t need a lot of the gin in the cupcakes so there will definitely be lots left over to enjoy. I added lemon juice to these cupcakes to replicate Pink Gin and Lemonade. The Pink Gin in the cupcakes on there own just didn’t taste right to me they were just something missing. The lemon adds a nice dimension to the cakes without being overpowering.

When I had a look online for other types of Pink Gin cupcake recipes I could only find a handful and most had used a lemon sponge and added the Gin to the buttercream, so you get both flavors and one doesn’t overpower the other but why couldn’t they be in the sponge and the buttercream? I made just a simple sponge and instead of adding vanilla I added the Gin and the lemon juice. I only used a few teaspoons of Gin but you can make them as strong or as weak as you want. I decided to use Iced Jems baking cups for the cupcakes, I use these in ALL my cupcake bakes. I picked the pink polka dotted ones for this bake and the cupcakes look so good! The cases even open up into little plates to catch all the crumbs so you can eat every little bit of these cupcakes. They come in a variety of designs and I buy mine from here.

As for the buttercream, I mixed together the icing sugar and butter (I would recommend using unsalted butter as opposed to Stork or margarine as I just think the icing would be too wet and wouldn’t pipe as well) and mixed until it was light and fluffy before adding two teaspoons of Gin. I painted to stripes inside the piping bag to give the icing a candy stripe effect before topping them with raspberries and strawberries. The strawberries I used were mini ones I found in Tesco as part of there imperfect fruit range and they just work perfectly on these cupcakes as they don’t take up the full of the buttercream, there is plenty of room for other decorations. Piping candy stripes are so simple and make your cupcakes look so PRETTY!

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This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

Shopping List

The Cupcakes

175g Caster Sugar

175g Unsalted Butter

 135g Self-Raising Flour

3 Large Eggs

1tsp Baking Powder

2tsp Pink Gin

2tsp Lemon Juice

The Buttercream

510g Icing Sugar

250g Unsalted Butter

2tps Pink Gin

To Decorate

Pink Food Colouring

Raspberries

Strawberries

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4) line a muffin tray with 12 cupcake cases. Leave to the side.
  2. In a bowl cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the self-raising flour, eggs and baking powder. Mix until all combined and there is no sign of any lumps. Add in the Gin and the Lemon Juice.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. Or until golden brown and spring back when touched.
  4. While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream. Mix together the icing sugar, and butter until thick and creamy; again make sure there are no lumps especially if you are piping as it won’t fit out the nozzle. Add in the Pink Gin and mix again until all combined.
  5. Once your cupcakes have completely cooled pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. To get the candy stripe paint two lines inside the piping bag before you add the buttercream. Squeeze the piping bag into a bowl until you see a stripe and the begin to pipe onto your cupcakes.
  6. Finally, decorate them using the fruit.

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