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Updated 23rd February 2020

In recent years, gin has become really popular with more varieties popping up and more choices of tonic water to complement them. Throughout October, Forever Manchester is holding Caketober – a month-long celebration combining fancy dress and cakes. Forever Manchester is a charity which raises money to support community activities in Greater Manchester. As part of the celebrations, they have sent me a secret ingredient to use as part of a bake; 50ml of Hoxton Gin!

Vegan gin and tonic cake ingredients

Vegan gin and tonic cake ingredients

I’ve been playing around with vegan baking lately as I would like to create food that more people can enjoy. 

Vegan baking can actually be surprisingly simple! Using fizzy or sparkling water is a good way of adding air into the batter when you don’t have whipped eggs, and with Forever Manchester providing gin as my secret ingredient, I knew I wanted to make this a vegan bake by replacing the water with tonic instead. Not keen on tonic? Just add fizzy water instead!

Hoxton Gin contains notes of coconut and grapefruit with some ginger and tarragon. I’ve added lime to the dough, because what good is a gin and tonic without some lime? I’ve also added stem ginger as I really love ginger and felt this would complement the flavours of the Hoxton Gin, but you are free to skip this ingredient in your own bake.

Caketober gin and tonic cake

I’d like to thank Forever Manchester for Caketober and giving me the opportunity to bake something new and fun!

Find out more in the websites below:

Forever Manchester:

Vegan gin cake

Servings 10


For the cake

  • 275 g self raising flour
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1½ limes
  • 5 crushed juniper berries optional
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 170 ml tonic water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 60 g stem ginger optional

For the syrup

  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 ml tonic water or fizzy water
  • 30 ml gin

For decoration

  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 20 ml gin
  • Zest from ½ lime


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/Gas mark 6. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, then add the sugar and zest from 1½ limes and the crushed juniper berries if using.
  • In another bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, tonic water and lime juice.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the stem ginger to the bowl if using.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Once the cake is out of the oven, leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Whilst the cake is cooling, make the syrup by combining the gin, tonic and caster sugar together.
  • Poke holes into the cake using a skewer. This allows the syrup to flavour the inside of the cake.
  • Pour the syrup over the cake. See the notes for how to make a crispier top!
  • If using icing, make sure the cake is cool, then sift the icing sugar and add the gin. Pour over the cake.
  • Decorate with the remaining zest.


If you like a crispier crust to your cake, bake again in the oven after pouring the syrup at 160°C/140°C fan/325°F/Gas mark 3 for at least another 10 minutes or longer depending on taste.

1 Comment

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