Mother’s Day calls for cake and this year I’ve gone for a very indulgent double gin cake – a Gin Ginger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing because, quite frankly, I deserve it. Two of my boys have spread their wings and flown the nest – one is in Liverpool nearing the end of his first year at Uni and the other flew to Tokyo last week to spend 5 months studying there! Meanwhile my Darling Girl is now 17 and spent yesterday collecting University prospectuses at a UCAS showcase day in Worcester and then poring over them, planning her next steps.

In May I will have been parenting for 21 years and I’m pretty proud of the young adults I have nurtured – a double gin cake seems a pretty good way to celebrate!

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Gin-ger Cake with Gin and Lemon Butter Icing for Mother's Day.

Portmeirion sent me a lovely selection of crockery and cutlery from their gorgeous Crazy Daisy Collection just in time for this Mother’s Day shoot and I am totally in love with it! It just shouts SPRING at me, it’s so cheery and full of personality. I suspect you will see bits of this lovely set popping up regularly as the season really gets into its stride!

So – my cake, you’re drooling right? The base for this grown-up treat is a richly flavoured black treacle cake pepped up with a bit of fiery ginger and spiked with a little gin; it is filled with creamy lemon butter icing, also spiked with gin – I’m really onto a winner here! It is the sort of cake that has you sniffing the air as it bakes and licking the bowl when you’ve iced it. It’s not complicated and it tastes divine.


I decorated my gin cake with edible flowers because my garden is bursting with beautiful pastel primroses at the moment – I also have posies of them all over the house, I love opening the curtains to find them smiling up at me from the windowsills!

Ginger Cake topped with Gin Icing flavoured with lemon, served with tea.

I think, like many food bloggers, that I may now be addicted to gorgeous crockery – I quite often plan my cakes and bakes around the pretty plates which fill my cupboard. As I gaze at these lovely photos I am already planning the next thing to adorn this Crazy Daisy Tableware and I’m thinking that a luscious lemon cream cake or maybe a thyme and lemon cake or possibly some lavender biscuits might fit the bill…what would you whip up to show off their bright colours and cheery flowery faces?

Oh, and I have to check…I’m not the only one singing ‘Gin Ginger’ to the tune of Bowie’s Jean Genie, am I?!

Gin Cake for Mother's Day - A Gin-ger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing for a truly indulgent treat!

Gin Cake for Mother's Day

An indulgent Gin-ger Cake with Gin and Lemon Icing perfect for Mother's Day
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Chris @thinlyspread


For the Cake

  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp gin
  • 170 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115 g butter at room temperature
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 175 g black treacle

For the Icing

  • 125 g softened butter
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1- 2 tbsp gin

To Decorate

  • Edible flowers (I used spring primroses)


To Make the Gin Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line two 23cm round cake tins.
  • Add the lemon juice and gin to the milk and leave aside to curdle.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Cream the sugar and butter in a stand mixer or by hand until pale and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the egg.
  • Stir in the treacle.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients in batches, taking it in turns with the curdled milk mixture until well blended.
  • Pour into the prepared tins and bake for about 40 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean and the cakes are firm. 
  • Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes and then turn out onto wire cooling racks and leave to cool completely. 

To Make the Gin and Lemon Butter Icing

  • Beat the butter in a stand mixer or by hand until pale and creamy.
  • Sift the icing sugar into the bowl with the butter. Add the milk and the gin and beat on low speed until smooth and thick. 

Assembling the Cake

  • Spread 1/2 the icing mixture onto top of one cake and then place the other cake on top to sandwich it.
  • Spread the remaining butter icing over the top of the second cake and decorate as you wish, I used edible flowers!
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Disclosure: Portmeirion sent me a selection of tableware and asked me to develop a recipe to show it off. I think my gin cake did just that, don’t you?!

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