Pimm’s cake recipe with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze

July 6, 2023

This Pimm’s cake recipe with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze is perfect for celebrating the return of Wimbledon to our television sets and is even better served at a summer picnic, lunch, BBQs or pool party alongside the perfect pitcher of Pimm’s.

I first came up with this recipe when I was hosting a coronation party for my friends in Canada – If you know me at all you’ll know I LOVE a theme!

I decided that alongside my popular recipe for the perfect pitcher of Pimm’s, I would also serve up a Pimm’s infused cake for dessert, with my homemade fruit scones and jam too, of course. 

As everyone at my rather British soirée lives in Canada I decided to make the first version of this Pimm’s cake a bundt cake but when it came to sharing my recipe with you I decided to make it a loaf cake as I find it’s easier to decorate. I’ve written below how to turn this into a bundt cake recipe though so you have the choice for which you’d rather make.

Check out my blog post for Wimbledon themed snacks for hosting a tennis themed party here!

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What is Pimm’s?

Pimm’s No.1 Cup was created by James Pimm in 1840. It’s a gin-based spirit that is mixed with lemonade, ice, mixed fruits and mint. 

Pimm’s No.1 Cup, or as it’s known informally across the UK, Pimm’s, is Britain’s favourite summer drink. It is famously served at some of England’s biggest summer events such as Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show and is a staple at any summer wedding, BBQ, cricket match or garden party.

It’s a long drink that isn’t super boozy which is why it’s ideal for social events. 

This Pimm’s cake will give you all the flavour of drinking Pimm’s but in a dessert form!

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How to make this Pimm’s cake recipe in a different shaped cake tin/pan

When I first moved to Canada I didn’t have many shapes or sizes of cake pans and tins so I had to adapt recipes to fit what I did have. If you don’t have a loaf tin or pan you can make this same recipe and bake in a 9” round cake tin/pan or an 8” square cake tin/pan and bake for the same length of time.

If you wish to make a Pimm’s bundt cake then multiply this Pimm’s loaf recipe by 1½ to make a bundt cake that serves 12 people. Bake for 60-70 minutes.

How many people does this Pimm’s loaf cake serve

This Pimm’s cake recipe with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze can make approximately 10 slices.

Equipment you need to make a Pimm’s cake with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze

  • Loaf tin/pan (4”x8”)
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Measuring scales or cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Electric whisk (optional)
  • Hand whisk
  • Zest grater
  • Skewer/cake tester
  • Cooling wire rack
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board

Ingredients to make a Pimm’s cake

  • 200g plain flour or 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g or ¾ cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 200g or 1 cup caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 75ml or ⅓ cup of Pimm’s

Ingredients to make Pimm’s drizzled glaze

  • 125g or 1 cup of icing sugar/powdered sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp Pimm’s
  • 1½ tbsp juice squeezed from one of the oranges

Optional toppings for Pimm’s cake with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze

  • 2 orange slices, cut in half
  • 4 cucumber slices, cut in half
  • 4 strawberries cut in half lengthways
  • Mint leaves
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Recipe for how to make a Pimm’s cake with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C or 355°F.
  2. Line the loaf tin/pan with greaseproof or parchment paper to stop your Pimm’s cake from sticking to the pan.
  3. Brush the paper with oil to give a crunch to the outside of your cake.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a mixing bowl, combine well and leave to the side.
  5. In the other mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together then beat in the eggs.
  6. Gradually fold in the flour until combined.
  7. Fold the orange zest and Pimm’s into the cake batter.
  8. Gently add the Pimm’s cake batter to the loaf tin and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 50mins – 1hr or until a skewer comes out clean and the top is golden.
  9. Leave the Pimm’s cake in the tin/pan for 15mins then remove and place on a cooling wire rack until the cake has cooled completely.
  10.  

Once the Pimm’s cake has cooled you can transfer it to a display dish.

Recipe for how to make a zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze

  1. Add the icing/powdered sugar to a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the Pimm’s and orange juice to create a smooth, thick glaze.
  3. Add the orange zest and stir it through the glaze.
  4. Drizzle the Pimm’s glaze over the loaf cake, letting it drip down the sides then top with the orange, cucumber and strawberry slices and slide a few mint leaves in between.

Your Pimm’s cake recipe with zesty Pimm’s drizzled glaze is now ready to serve along side a perfect pitcher of Pimm’s at your summer party or with a cup of tea whilst watching Wimbledon.

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If you enjoyed making this Pimm’s cake recipe with zesty Pimm’s drizzle, please let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think of it. 

Tag me in any photos or videos you share of it on Instagram at @gabriellawisdom.

Do more on & for the planet, Gabriella

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