Every year, local charity Forever Manchester run a campaign called Caketober. The concept is simple, yet delicious. Throughout October, businesses encourage their staff to make cakes, and then sell them for charity. My old workplace did this as a competition with a halloween theme which was such fun, we dressed up as well! Forever Manchester is an amazing charity which supports and funds local community projects across the region. It is widely known that getting involved in community projects is enriching for your mental health and Forever Manchester support so many, from homeless to older people. It truly is a great local charity that does things the right way, the Mancunian way. If you want to take part this year you can head over to their website and here is an easy recipe that you can adapt, or just steal. Just this once I’ll let you, it is for charity after all.
This year the Caketober peeps have mixed things up and sent a few bloggers a mystery ingredient. I was incredibly lucky to receive a mini bottle of Hoxton Gin so I knew I had to make gin cupcakes. Hoxton is a coconut and grapefruit flavoured gin, so I thought I would amp up the flavours with some coconut and gin cupcakes.
For the cakes
150g Softened Butter
150g Caster Sugar
150g sieved self raising flour
3 Medium Eggs
1 Teaspoon Coconut Extract
2 Tablespoons Hoxton Gin
For the frosting
150g softened butter
350g sieved Icing Sugar
3 Tablespoons Hoxton Gin
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a cupcake tray with your choice of paper cases. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl, beat until pale and creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the coconut extract and slowly whisk into the butter/sugar mix. Fold in the flour until just combined and add the gin. Fold again until mixed and airy. Pour the mixture evenly into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until springy to the touch.
While the cakes are baking, make the frosting! Beat the butter in a bowl until smooth, slowly add the icing sugar until light and smooth. Add the gin and whisk.
Once the cakes are cooked and cooled, put the frosting in a piping bag with nozzle and pipe on top of the cakes. Garnish as you desire with coconut shavings or lemon slices.
I was sent a sample of Hoxton Gin to create my recipe for Caketober but have not been compensated in any way for this post.