Gin, Pink Pepper & Grapefruit Drizzle Cake


Who would think to put tonic water in a cake?? Craft Gin Club - that’s who! Well, Craft Gin Club’s boozy baker, Eloise, that is.

But this isn’t your usual tonic water…this is the Pomelo and Pink Peppercorn tonic from London Essence, which gives this pink grapefruit drizzle cake an extra bit of “zing”! Oh, it also has gin it!

Gin, Pink Pepper & Grapefruit Drizzle Cake

Gin Pink Pepper Grapefruit Drizzle Cake

If there’s one thing I love as much as a g&t, it’s a beautiful slice of cake to enjoy it with! April’s Perfect G&T with Dodds gin and Pomelo & Pink Pepper tonic has inspired me so much, I’ve turned it into this delectable drizzle cake. Think your nan’s famous lemon drizzle cake, kicked up a notch with a pink glow and a boozy twist!

Gin, pink pepper and grapefruit drizzle cake

Gin Grapefruit Pink Peppercorn Drizzle Cake


Preheat the oven to 180c. Crush your pink peppercorns in a mortar and pestle, then chop with a sharp knife to ensure they are finely crushed.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly beat in the eggs and grapefruit zest.
Fold in the flour, pepper and salt, then mix in the gin until combined.
Pour the batter into your loaf tin and bake for around 40 minutes, until the cake gently bounces back and a skewer comes out clean.
Whilst the cake is baking, pour the tonic and sugar into a saucepan, and gently heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Once the cake has come out of the oven, skewer holes across it and pour over half of your drizzle. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes and then pour over the remainder of the drizzle.
Meanwhile, mix together the icing sugar, a dab of food colouring and the tonic water. Leave for 10 minutes, as the icing sugar will continue to dissolve and create a runnier consistency.
Once the cake has cooled, pour on the glaze and allow it to run down the edges - you can add a splash of extra tonic to the mix to get a runnier consistency. Decorate with grapefruit wedges.

Grab yourself a slice of cake and your favourite g&t, and enjoy!


For the cake
175g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter
3 large eggs
zest of 1 grapefruit
175g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp crushed pink pepper (optional)
70ml Dodds Limited Edition gin

For the drizzle
75 g caster sugar
75 ml London Essence Pomelo & Pink Pepper tonic
3 tbsp. Dodds limited edition gin

For the glaze
Red food colouring (optional)
120g icing sugar
2 tbsp London Essence Pomelo & Pink Pepper tonic