Elderflower crunch cake

Elderflower crunch cake

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Cuts into 8-10 slices
Capture the essence of summer in this simple loaf cake with elderflower drizzle

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal463
  • fat27g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.61g
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    For the loaf cake base

    • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 175g golden caster sugar
    • 3 eggs



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    • 140g self-raising flour
    • 85g ground almonds
    • ½ tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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    • 100ml milk



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    For the elderflower drizzle

    • 4 tbsp elderflower cordial
    • 4 tbsp white or golden granulated sugar


    1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with a long strip of baking parchment. To make the loaf cake batter, beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, flour, almonds, baking powder and milk until smooth. Pour into the tin and bake for 45-50 mins until golden, risen and a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean.

    2. As soon as the cake has come out of the oven, prick it all over with a skewer. Mix together the cordial and extra sugar, then pour all over the cake. Cool in the tin, then carefully lift out to slice.

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    Andy and Jackie Long's picture
    Andy and Jackie Long
    23rd Mar, 2020
    Came out perfectly, a lovely cake. I made extra icing, the elderflower flavour is really subtle so it doesn't hurt to have a bit more
    17th Jun, 2019
    I’m afraid that I wasn’t overly impressed with this. Even though I added a tablespoon of cordial to the mix I found it to be so subtle as to be almost non existent, even with the drizzle. As others have found, it took a lot longer to cook. Not sure that I would make again. Maybe use a lemon drizzle recipe and include lemon elderflower?
    Alexandra Lewis
    18th Sep, 2014
    I used demerara sugar for the drizzle and it was delicious! Took me about an hour to cook.
    25th Jun, 2014
    Made two of these (one for work and one to keep hubby and child happy). Everyone commented how light, fluffy and gorgeous this cake was! Only problem was the time to cook, definitely wrong on the recipe, they took forever, granted there were two in together, but took a good 1hr 30 minimum at 160C! Worth the effort though, and great with a little ice cream and fresh strawberries, yum!
    2nd Mar, 2013
    I made this cake to take as a gift and I left it very late so as soon as the cake was cooked i wrapped it in clingfilm to take on the train with me. As it turned out i think I must have ended up steaming the cake in the process but it made it very light and moist! Would do the same again.
    27th Jan, 2013
    lovly cake its just a little soggy I find when I pour on the eldeflower
    24th Jan, 2013
    Had to bake for an hour using my non fan oven and came out beautifully! Great cake.
    30th Dec, 2012
    As others have said it was not nearly ready in my fan oven after the suggested time. It was moist but I was not sure about the almonds and the texture they gave. I did not get much elderflower flavour and the idea about putting some in the actual cake might be good. I may try the topping again as I like the idea but with a different cake mixture.
    19th Dec, 2012
    Have made this cake three times now and, although it is delicious, the cooking time/temp is definitely wrong... I've found that if I cook it for 50 minutes at 140 fan it is still uncooked in the middle. 20 additional minutes at a higher temp 160 fan and it is perfect!
    27th Oct, 2012
    I liked it. My husband loved it. But I have to agree with those who say to add a little cordial to the mix as I do think that would increase the flavour throughout the sponge. Will try that next time


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