Got any plans for the August Bank Holiday approaching? How about turning your favourite cocktail into a cake! :)
My absolute favourite summer drink has to be an Aperol Spritz.
My second favourite thing to consume is cake!
Mix the two together and you’ve got one very happy Fi!
So, here’s a summery idea if you’re looking for ways to spend the bank holiday weekend coming up, make an Aperol Spritz cake to enjoy with family and friends, rain or shine.
Baking is always a relaxing way to spend a long weekend, and should the weather decide to heat up for our 3 day weekender, you could even throw a picnic and take your Aperols out to the garden to devour with a slice of cake or two!
How to make an Aperol Spritz cake
It’s been my dream to own a cream coloured Kitchen Aid to assist with all my baking needs in the kitchen (and to dress up my worktops with!). But the price tag has always really put me off. So when I spotted Studio’s dupe Cucina 4 Litre Stand Mixer for a fraction of the cost of a real Kitchen Aid, I knew I needed to give it a try to see how it measured up. I chose the cream one to match our farmhouse inspired kitchen diner.
On to the recipe!
A quick google online will bring up loads of cocktail/baking recipes so if you’re not an Aperol Spritz fan, or if you want to try other cocktail inspired recipes, have a look around, type things like “Mai Tai cake recipe”. The recipe I followed was Good Housekeeping’s Aperol Spritz Loaf Cake recipe. I just swapped the tin to be a cake tin not a loaf.
It was so fun to make! Got a little bit drunk during the process ;)
200g Caster sugar
200g Self raising flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
Orange zest (grate as much as you like into the mix, I grated half a large orange)
4 tbsp Aperol
25g Caster sugar
100g Icing sugar
2 tbsp Aperol
2 drops of orange food colouring (or 1 drop yellow, 1 drop red, mix together like I did)
Orange slices, peeled
Heat your oven to 180 degrees (or 160 degrees if yours is fan assisted like ours)
Grease a baking tin (I used a 20cm diameter silicon cake tin, that doesn’t stick. Use greaseproof paper if yours does).
Put the butter and casting sugar into a bowl or mixer, and whisk until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the eggs, whisking well after each addition.
Then add the flour, baking powder and orange zest into the mixture and fold it in either manually with a wooden spoon or spatula, or use a stand mixer like I did. I swapped from the whisk attachment, to the flat beater attachment which brought the mixture all together in seconds! No effort needed ;)
Then add the Aperol and mix in.
Spoon it all into your cake tin and bake for 1 hour.
While it’s baking, make the drizzle by popping the prosecco, Aperol and caster sugar into a small saucepan, and heating until the sugar is dissolved.
Set the drizzle aside and clean up.
Then, when the cake has been baked, take it out of the oven, pierce lots of holes into it using a skewer or chopstick, and drizzle the mixture all over it.
Allow to soak in and cool.
Meanwhile make the icing. Sift the icing into a bowl and gradually add the drops of Aperol and food colouring until it becomes a thick paste.
Once the cake has cooled, pour the icing all over it and dress with some fresh peeled oranges.
Make yourself an Aperol Spritz, kick back in the sun, and enjoy!
This cake is absolutely delicious, so easy to make and a bit of a show stopper if you’re having people over who are fans of Aperol spritz too. Neil’s mum and I always make Aperol Spritz our first drink to cheers to when we’re on holidays together, so I’ll definitely be making this for everyone when she visits! Everyone’s got an Aperol Spritz buddy, and Kathy you are mine! ;)
Another tip! You could even dress as your favourite cocktail. I’m busting out my new orange culotte jumpsuit in these pics, to well and truly match my culinary creations. It’s proper comfortable, and a steal at £11.99.
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what you think in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,
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