How to make a lemon & elderflower cake

Decorate this delicious cake with a cream cheese frosting and edible flowers for a stunning finish – perfect for weddings, birthdays and special occasions.

How to make the cake:

  • Whisk 50ml milk with 100g natural yogurt and 6 eggs.
  • Beat together 450g butter with 450g golden caster sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add the egg mixture, 450g self-raising flour and the zest of 1 lemon. Mix again until smooth.
  • Line and grease 3 x 20cm cake tins. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake at 160C/140C fan/gas 3 for 40 mins.
  • Mix 3 tbsp elderflower cordial with the juice of 1 lemon
  • When the cakes are cooked, pierce them all over with a cocktail stick and drizzle generously with the lemon and elderflower syrup.

How to make the icing:

  • Beat together 250g unsalted butter and 350g icing sugar
  • Add 300g full-fat cream cheese, another 350g icing sugar and the zest of 1 lemon. Whisk until smooth. 

How to decorate: 

  • Stack the cakes on a cake stand and layer with plenty of icing, smoothing down with a palette knife. 
  • Put the remaining icing on top and smooth down and over the sides, covering the cake in swirls.  
  • Decorate with roses and edible flowers

See the full recipe for lemon & elderflower celebration cake

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Alison Pemberton143's picture
Alison Pemberton143
16th Jul, 2018
Made this cake for my mum's birthday, best cake I have ever made !! Delicious and easy to make just don't ice when it's 80 degrees outside !!
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