We've already got the drink version of a Breakfast Martini covered here. Someone once tried to make me one of these with just vodka and marmalade in a glass. I wouldn't recommend that. But I would recommend this cake, because it's an unashamed mash up of cocktail booze, buttery sponge and sticky, orangey syrup topping. We will not apologise for art.
Breakfast Martini Cake
- 200g butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 3 free-range eggs
- 220g self-raising flour
- 25ml milk
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
- Segments of 1 orange
- 2 tbsp marmalade (preferably thick cut)
For the martini topping:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp muscovado sugar
- 2 tbsp gin
- 3 tbsp Cointreau (you could replace with orange juice if you like)
- 2 tbsp marmalade
- Lemon zest, to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Grease and line a 20cm, 9 inch deep cake tin.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, along with tablespoon of the flour with each to stop the mixture from splitting. Beat well.
- Gently fold in the remaining flour until it is just incorporated and no streaks are showing.
- Stir in the milk and the orange zest.
- Sprinkle the muscovado sugar over the bottom of the prepared tin.
- Spread the marmalade over the top, then layer the orange segments in a pattern, whatever you feel like.
- Dollop the batter over the top, smooth over and bake for around 30-35 minutes, or until it's golden and risen, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning out and peeling off the paper.
- Here's the boozy part!
- Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and stir together.
- Bring to a simmer and reduce for 10 minutes or so over a medium heat, until the consistency thickens.
- Whilst the cake is still warm, prick holes all over the surface with a skewer and spoon over the sticky, boozy syrup so that it soaks in.
- Decorate lemon zest, make yourself a real breakfast martini (you know, since you have the ingredients and everything).