Lemon, Elderflower and White Chocolate Cake
Is learning to appreciate flowers a sign of becoming an adult? For me I feel like it is. It’s not that I didn’t like them before; but they just didn’t interest me. I’d much rather have been handed a big box of chocolates over a bunch of flowers that I’d most likely forget about.
I think my love for florals stemmed (sorry) from my growing love for baking. There’s not much more beautiful than a cake adorned with fresh flowers. My favourite part of wedding-cake-baking is actually setting up at the venue and decorating the cake with an array of florals - even better when they’re edible!
I’m now that person who stops and takes pictures of lovely looking flowers in public. In fact, my camera roll is currently clogged up with photos I recently took at a tulip festival - yes, such an event exists and it was a excellent day!
It’s no surprise then that this time of year is my absolute favourite. I felt a small buzz of excitement when I saw hedgerows were starting to fill with pretty elderflower buds. I’m planning on making some cordial this year, but I couldn’t wait to get ahead and share this recipe with you in the meantime.
I’m an elderflower cordial aficionado - I’ve tried and tested many (including one from Ikea, which isn’t bad) but Belvoir is by far the best. Their cordial is thick and syrupy, which means a little goes a long way. Their cordial was perfect for this recipe.
This cake is light, allowing the syrup to soak through the sponges after baking, which really enhances the elderflower flavour. I used a white chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream to ice the cake. There are a few steps to the recipe for this buttercream, but it's not overly complicated to make and the results are totally worth it. When you’re mixing the butter in, the buttercream can sometimes start to split but don’t panic - keep mixing and it will all come together eventually.
Finally, I decorated the top of the cake with freshly picked flowers - just make sure to properly shake of any bugs that might be lurking before using. I also dried some lemon slices and added these to the decoration for an extra pop of colour. You can find out how to make these here.
Side note: I didn’t know this, but you can also pick elderflower for Belvoir. If you live close by to the locations listed on their website, then you can drop the fruits (or should I say flowers) of your labour and even make £2.10 per kilo. Find out more on their website and make sure the shelves stay stocked, for my sake.