Strawberry & elderflower gateau served on a cake stand

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins No cook


Serves 10

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal625
  • fat44g
  • saturates25g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 2 x 200g sponge flan cases (25cm)
  • 6 tbsp strawberry jam or conserve
  • 400g strawberries (look for ones that are a similar size), halved
  • 600ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus 150g
  • 5 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 5-6 raspberries or some pink food colouring gel
  • small handful pistachios (optional), slivered or roughly chopped (see tip)
  • strawberry coulis or cream, to serve


  1. Remove the base of a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin (make sure it’s a deep one) and use it as a template to cut out a circle from each flan case. Chop the offcuts from the flans into small pieces and set aside. Reassemble the tin and line it with a couple of sheets of cling film, leaving enough overhanging to wrap up once the tin is filled.

  2. Put one flan disc in the base of the tin and spread over half the jam. Arrange the strawberries around the outside with the cut surface facing outwards. If you have any particularly large or small strawberries, put them to one side.

  3. Whip the cream, 2 tbsp icing sugar and 3 tbsp elderflower cordial together in a bowl until the mixture holds its shape. Chop the reserved strawberries, then fold them into the cream mixture. Use half of the cream to fill the centre of the gateau, spreading right to the edges so it holds the strawberries in place.

  4. Push a single layer of the chopped flan offcuts into the cream (you may have some leftovers to nibble on), and drizzle over the remaining elderflower cordial. Stir the remaining jam through the rest of the cream, spread it over the flan pieces, and top with the final piece of flan. Fold over the cling film and give the gateau a gentle press down to compact the layers. Chill while you make the icing. Can be chilled for up to 24 hrs.

  5. Crush the raspberries with the back of a fork and stir in the 150g icing sugar to make a thick icing. Add a splash of water if it’s too thick. Alternatively, add enough water to the icing sugar to make a thick icing, then stir in a few drops of pink food colouring.

  6. When you’re ready to serve, remove the cake from the tin and discard the cling film, then transfer to a cake stand. Spread the icing right to the edges, then scatter the pistachios in a ring around the top, if using, and serve with a little strawberry coulis or cream on the side, if you like.

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28th Nov, 2019
This is so easy to make and you have the choice to make your own sponge cake if you want to. My Granddaughters love assembling this cake and it looks and tastes so good
caramelclee's picture
21st Oct, 2018
Fantastic recipe, makes an impact with minimal effort. The flavours added to the cream make a simple flan base into something quite special. I made it as a birthday cake, and no-one could believe it was homemade. Will definitely make again.
Lizzylee2001's picture
5th Jul, 2018
Couldn't get flan case she so made a plain sponge and split into two. Covered it in raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Excellent for a birthday or special occasion. Super easy and great taste.
David Ellen's picture
David Ellen
23rd Jun, 2020
Cannot get elderflower cordial - suggestions for alternativer ?
lulu_grimes's picture
28th Jun, 2020
Hi, You could use orange juice and zest instead, or put a few more strawberries into the cream mixture so the strawberry flavour is increased. Lulu
17th Apr, 2019
Can this be frozen
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. We don't recommend freezing this dessert as the fruit will tend to go a bit soggy.
caramelclee's picture
21st Oct, 2018
Have a think about the strawberries you use, as they are are so key to the look of the cake. The redder (inside) the better, and any bruises/imperfections will be obvious. Also probably wise to only chill the gateaux for a few hours. I let mine chill for 20 hours and the bottom base and strawberries were getting a bit soggy. Still fantastic overall.