Gin Cocktail Cake

July 6, 2018Sew White

This beautiful and gin-tastic cake is made with gin and lemon and tastes wonderful. With added limoncello this gin cocktail cake is a boozy beauty bake.

Cocktails and cakes go surprisingly well together. In my latest recipe this gin cocktail cake I have created this beautiful gin layer cake which is drizzled with a thick gin drizzle. This brings out the best of the iconic gin flavours.

I’ve made this incredible cake and infused it with three incredible flavours. You have the gorgeous gin flavour, with added limoncello and thyme. These three beautiful flavours work together so well and I’ve even been enjoying the cocktail version of this which you can find below. I give you my gin layer cake. It’s easy to make and is definitely a show stopper!

Limoncello and Gin Cocktail with Fresh Thyme

The Limoncello and Gin Cocktail with a hint of crushed thyme is a beautiful drink, easy to sip in the sun and has a fresh aromatic yet glorious citrus flavour.

Gin Cocktail Cake

A golden baked four layer gin cocktail cake with blobs of buttercream in between each layer and decorated with lemon slices and fresh thyme on top.

This cake looks, tastes and smells amazing. Plus I know it looks complicated but it really isn’t. To get the blobs of butter cream I marked out the cake into quarters and filled each quarter with 4 blobs and then worked my way up with each layer trying to match the blobs. Along with the butter cream blobs I made a cocktail drizzle up to get the rich lemon flavour and get the cake extra moist.

Top view of the gin layer cake which is a beautiful golden brown gin layer cake topped with white buttercream blobs along with fresh lemon slices and fresh thyme.

To top the cake I continued the blobs of butter cream and then decorated with pieces of lemon and sprigs of fresh thyme.

How do I make Buttercream?

Buttercream is a beautifully adaptable cake decorating tool and one that I often bulk make and pop in the freezer for later. For the best results pop it in a mixer and mix to death. Unlike cake mixtures you can’t really over mix buttercream. I add a little milk to the buttercream as it really helps the icing sugar and butter combine. To make the buttercream look less yellow I use a tiny amount (and I mean tiny) of purple food colour paste. Add a little at a time and really mix it in before adding more. The purple reduce the yellow but make sure you don’t add too much as the mix will go quickly purple.

You will need;

  • 300 grams butter
  • 700 grams icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • purple colour paste

Can I freeze buttercream?

Yes you absolutely can! Once it’s ready as you would normally use it pop it in a sandwich bag and remove as much air as possible. Pop it in the freezer and that’s it. To defrost the buttercream remove from the freezer and leave to get up to room temperature in the bag. When it’s defrosted and soft pop it in the mixer and whip it up again to the consistency you want. You might need to add a little more icing sugar but let it whip up before adding any in so you can see how thick it is.

Close up of a naked cake with buttercream centre and decorated with lemon and thyme

Gin and tonic cake

Gin and tonic is iconic and what better way to mix the joy of cake and gin than with this gin and tonic cake. This beautifully golden brown cake is calling out to be eaten and enjoyed.

How to make a gin cake drizzle

A gin drizzle is the easiest way to take a normal sponge and take it to the next level. Even if you have a made a normal vanilla sponge or Victoria sponge this drizzle will work. You will need gin, of course, lemon curd and limoncello.

Mix the drizzle ingredients together in a saucepan and put on a low heat to warm up and all get runny. Kep stirring. If it dries out add a little more gin

Gin Layer Cake – the perfect party cake

This is definitely the most perfect party cake. It’s striking and a definite show stopper! The 4 chunky layers look beautifully golden brown and the blob way of building up the filling was so simple to do and gives a great effect for the finished cake. Each layer was given a good drizzle with the gin and limoncello drizzle. This helped keep the cake moist but also gives it, it’s most beautiful flavour.

How to make butter cream white?

There is a super easy way to make butter cream appear more white. Usually thanks to the yellow tone of butter it can make the butter cream look yellow too even with using icing sugar. You will need a violet colour paste, don’t use liquid food as it will be too wet for the butter cream. The purple tone in the colour paste will reduce the warmth of the yellow in the butter cream. You need to add a tiny piece at a time and mix it in well. Add a little at a time until the yellow is reducing. Be careful as too much purple will turn the mix purple. This such a great trick and it’s one I use a lot!

Close up view of the gin cocktail cake layers. Golden brown cake with white buttercream swirls.

I kept this cake decorated in a simple way so it didn’t take away from the finished cake flavour. I added a little sprig of thyme and a thin lemon quarter to give a hint about what the flavours will be inside.

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Gin Cocktail Layer Cake

Sisley White
This beautiful and gin-tastic cake is made with gin and lemon and tastes wonderful. With added limoncello this gin cocktail cake is a boozy beauty bake.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Decoration Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Bakes, Cakes
Cuisine British, English
Servings 16 slices
Calories 257 kcal



  • 300 grams unsalted butter
  • 300 grams golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300 grams self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 lemons
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • sprigs fresh thyme

Limoncello drizzle

  • 4 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello
  • 2 tablespoons gin


  • 300 grams unsalted butter
  • 700 grams icing sugar / confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • purple colour paste


  • slices of lemon
  • sprigs of fresh thyme


Making the Cake

  • Grease and line two six inch cake tins.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder and mix together.
  • Zest of the two lemons and mix it into the cake mix.
  • Take a few sprigs of fresh thyme and finely chop it in to the mix. Stir together.
  • Divide the cake between the two tins and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and when a cake tester comes out it’s done. Leave to cool for 30mins and then remove to a cooling wrack until cold.

Making the buttercream

  • In a stand mixer beat the butter gradually adding the icing sugar and the milk until light and fluffy and well incorporated.
  • If you want beautifully white buttercream add a tiny amount of purple food colouring paste. The purple will neutralise the yellow tint of the buttercream. Be careful to add a tiny amount at a time otherwise it will go purple.
  • Add a large round nozzle to a pipping bag and fill it up with the buttercream.

Making the drizzle

  • Add the limoncello and gin into a saucepan and on a low heat mix together until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready (it should still be warm).

Combining the components

  • Level off the cakes and cut them in two horizontally into two equal pieces. So you have 4 layers altogether.
  • On a cake plate or turn table start assembling the layers. Add the first layer and gently spoon on a tablespoon of drizzle over the cake and allow it to soak in.
  • Divide the cake up by pipping a blob of buttercream into quarters and add three blobs in-between them. Fill in the central space with buttercream so the cake will stack level.
  • Repeat with the other layers.
  • When you reach the top layer only pipe the blobs around the outside.
  • Decorate the top with slices of lemon and fresh sprigs of thyme.


Calories: 257kcal

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword cocktail cake, Gin, Gin cocktail cake, Gin Cocktail Layer Cake, Gin layer cake
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  • Limoncello and Gin Cocktail – Easy Gin Cocktail by Sew White

    April 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    […] Yes you can see a cake behind the cocktails… find the recipe for the cake here […]

  • Dannii

    June 19, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, what an incredible flavour for a cake. So light and fresh. Perfect for a summer party.

    1. Sew White

      June 19, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much Dannii, that means so much coming from you x

  • Cate

    June 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    5 stars
    WOW!! What a gorgeous cake! Looks perfect for summer can’t wait to try it!

  • Monica

    June 19, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    5 stars
    This looks amazing – those flavors are incredible – and I can’t believe I never knew you can freeze buttercream! That is super helpful because I’m always trying to make enough to generously frost a cake, and not too much because I don’t want to waste it. Being able to freeze extra is excellent!

  • Andrea Metlika

    June 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    5 stars
    Holey moley, you had me at the picture. Then I read the name and the recipe. This cake is awesome!

  • Emily Liao

    June 19, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    5 stars
    What a creative idea! I love a good gin cocktail, so I’m so excited to try this!

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