It's that time of year again. Here in the UK The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens.   I know that 'Bake Off' spli...

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It's that time of year again.

Here in the UK The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens.  
I know that 'Bake Off' splits opinions and that some people find it a bit pointless and boring, but I love it.  

I really enjoy watching the show each week to see what challenges the bakers are tackling, and also to gain a bit of creative inspiration as well.

Once again I have decided to take part in The Great Bloggers Bake Off, which consists of watching the show each week and then attempting one (or more) of the challenges that the bakers were set.

This week was the first week of the show and saw the bakers making drizzle cakes, jaffa cakes and a mirror glaze cake.

I would have loved to try a mirror glaze cake, but in all honesty I just haven't had the time or the energy to attempt something so complicated, especially with it being the first week of baking.
Not to mention the fact that it is still the school summer holidays, and let's just say that baking with 6 children hanging around in the kitchen is not the easiest of tasks.

So, in order to keep things relatively simple, I have made a drizzle cake for the first week of the bloggers bake off.

I didn't want to be too traditional though so I made a vodka and tonic drizzle cake.

Unfortunately the vodka didn't work too well in the cake and made the flavours overpowering, burning the back of the throat, and threatening to get everyone drunk after just one slice.

So, I had to remake the cake.
This time I used gin and tonic which worked a lot better, although I did find the sponge quite dense once I had added the drizzle to it.
It was still delicious though.




Recipe 

225g butter
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
4 eggs
4 shots of gin (100ml)
2 lemons (or limes depending on personal preference), zest

For the drizzle

25ml tonic water
8 shots of gin (200ml)
150g granulated sugar
2 lemons (or limes), juiced






Method

Preheat your oven to 180.
Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper.
Beat the butter, sugar and lemon (or lime) zest together until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time and beat completely between each one.
Fold the flour into the mixture until completely combined.
Add the gin and mix well.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown.  
Check the cake is cooked through properly by inserting a skewer (or knife) into the centre of the cake.  If the cake is cooked the skewer will come out clean.

Once the cake is coming towards the end of it's cooking time mix your drizzle ingredients together.
When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over the surface of the cake and pour the drizzle over it.
Leave the cake to cool completely until a crust has formed on the top of the cake.
Slice, serve and enjoy.






Next week is biscuit week in the bake off and I am very much looking forward to seeing what the TV bakers, and the other bloggers, come up with.

If you do try the gin and tonic cake for yourself then I would love to hear how you get on.  
Feel free to post a comment below, find me on twitter, or Facebook and share your bakes with me.

If you would like to find out more about The Great Bloggers Bake Off, and maybe even bake along, then head over to Mummy Mishaps for more information and some fabulous recipes.

Missy x




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