Gin and Lemon Tray Bake

August 18, 2018Sew White

Cake comes in all shapes and sizes and this gorgeous Gin and Lemon Tray Bake is so easy to make and works so well for gifts, parties or even adult lunch boxes. Who doesn’t like a secret gin and tonic in their slice of cake.

Individual portions of the Gin and Lemon Tray Bake

There is a beauty to cake and this lemon cake with a gin and lemon curd centre is definitely one of my favourites.

To create the gin and lemon centre I used the fat end of a metal nozzle and cut out small holes to about half way down.
Keep the tops to pop back in once you’ve added the gin and lemon curd mix.

I love the secret centre of these cakes and their lemon gin and tonic gooeyness.

Gin and Lemon Tray Bake boxed and ready to be given as a gift

Gin and Lemon Tray Bake – Recipe time!

5 from 1 vote

Gin and lemon tray bake

Author Sisley White



  • 300 grams unsalted butter
  • 300 grams golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300 grams Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 lemons
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

Gin and tonic centres

  • 50 ml Whitley gin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd
  • 25 ml tonic water

Butter Cream

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



  1. Grease and line a 9 x 12 inch cake tin with grease proof paper.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º fan.

  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. You can do this entirely in a mixer or by hand.

  4. Add the eggs one at a time.

  5. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and mix together.

  6. Zest the two lemons and mix it into the cake mix along with the juice from 1 lemon.

  7. Spoon the cake into the tin and bake for about 45 minutes - 1 hour., until golden brown and when a cake tester comes out it's done. Leave to cool for 30mins and then remove from the tin and place on a wire wrack.

Gin and Lemon Centres

  1. Add the gin, tonic and lemon curd 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).

  2. When the cake is cold divide up in to squares.

  3. Using a metal nozzle of a knife carefully cut a 1 cm hold in the centre of each cake and move the hole piece and keep it to the side.

  4. Spoon the gin and lemon curd mix into the holes almost up to the top and pop the cake top pieces back in.


  1. In a stand mixer beat the butter gradually adding the icing sugar and the milk until light and fluffy and well incorporated.

  2. 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.

  3. Depending on how you want to decorate the finished cakes choose a different nozzle. I added dried lemon slices to the cakes so I used a large round nozzle to a pipping bag and fill it up with the buttercream.

  4. Pipe a blob or beautiful swirl of buttercream on the cakes and decorate. I used fresh lemon slices but sprinkles work so well too!

Recipe Notes

If you want to use dried lemon slices as decoration cut thin slices of lemon and bake on a lined baking tray in a warm oven (about 160 degrees) for 3-4 hours. Flip them over every half an hour to make sure they dry out evenly.

All boxed up and ready to go to the party

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  • Kavita Favelle

    August 24, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Love that the filling is piped in and then the cake “lid” put back on and the way you’ve decorated and served them in pieces looks fabulous! Plus who wouldn’t want lemon and gin cake?!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      August 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

      It works so well. A delicious cake and no one expects the lemon middle

  • Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    August 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    These Gin and Lemon Traybake cakes look wonderful. I love how you have presented them, they are so cute!

    1. Sew White

      August 28, 2018 at 11:55 am

      thank you Janice. I collect little boxes and wrappers wherever I go. It seems like they were meant to be used for this.

  • Emma

    August 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    After I saw these on instagram I knew I needed the recipe!!! I’m not going to lie you had me at gin and lemon but the cute bite size portions are perfect for parties too.

    1. Sew White

      August 28, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Aww you’re so sweet! It is a simple recipe but a winner

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