Elderflower Lemon Cake



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This might sound totally ridiculous because literally I do not know her and she’s going to be like a Duchess or whatever BUT I kinda feel badly for Meghan Markle. I can’t be the only one!!

Yes, I think this account on Instagram is maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever seen but on the real, DANG her family drama is a mess. Her mama seems cool though so thank the heavens for her.

Are you planning on watching the Royal Wedding? I know a lot of British people think Americans are so weird for being obsessed with their royals but we are. And I have to be honest, I definitely pay attention–I think it’s kinda fascinating.

Anywayyyyyy, when I heard they were having an Elderflower Lemon Cake, I was like, hmm…that sounds like a tasty cake. So, I made a recipe inspired by their cake that they’ll be serving. Obviously this is nothing like there’s because, well, we don’t know what that tastes like or looks like…yet.

The frosting is spiked with Elderflower liqueur and the sponge is lemon-y and delicious. It’s a Victoria sponge because we are being English AF today.

I have a complicated relationship with anything floral that’s edible. If you use too little, you don’t actually taste it; add too much and it tastes like soap. I think I added just the right amount of elderflower liqueur to the frosting. This cake can be covered in buttercream flowers, if you like, or it can simply be frosted the regular ol’ way and it’ll be delicious and beautiful.

4.67 from 3 votes

Elderflower Lemon Cake

Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 (8-inch) cake


Lemon Cake Layers:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Elderflower Frosting:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoon St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur


To Make the Cake Layers:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. I also lined the bottom of my cake pans with rounds of parchment.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment (alternatively, you could use an electric hand mixer), add the lemon zest and sugar. Mix on low until the lemon zest is mixed throughout the sugar (this really brings out the flavor in the lemon zest!). Add the butter and beat until fluffy, about 1 minute. Crack in the eggs and add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix until completely incorporated. Add the flour mixture and beat just until the ingredients are combined.
  • Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, until inverting them onto cooling racks.

To Make the Frosting:

  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar and salt; beat until smooth and fluffy, about a minutes. Pour in the elderflower liqueur and beat again until smooth, about 1 minute.
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  1. I can’t wait to make this for my birthday! I’m going to start practicing my buttercream rosettes today. How do you get them to stick to the sides? A dollop of frosting on the bottom? And if you freeze them do they stay firm so you can handle them better?

    1. I put a teeny bit of frosting on the sides of the cake in order for the flowers to stick. Also I found that the biggest thing was to make sure they were super frozen, that way I could handle them and they wouldn’t melt. Freezer is your best friend!

      1. I did it, and it was lovely! The flowers are a breeze after a few practice runs. (It is really hard to remember to keep the narrow end of the tip facing up!) I added a bit more elderflower to the frosting because I quite like the floral taste, and also a bit of lemon zest. It was a big hit!

  2. it is delicious look to see and really I am very excited to bake this cake. Thanks for the recipe! The drizzle of balsamic looks like a very nice touch and makes for beautiful presentation.
    cakes are always a good idea, no matter what season it is.

  3. Your elderflowers looks gorgeous as usual and I can see the difference here is that the flowers from Harry Prince’s wedding cake are fresh and real. But anyway both kind of flowers are so amazing!!

  4. LEMON?! I LOVE any dessert that has lemon in it!
    What a cute and delicious looking cake Adrianna…..LOVE it!
    This cake, I can honestly say, I would have a hard time sharing it….LOL!
    I hope that one day my buttercream flowers will look like yours, so perfect!
    Have a nice day!

  5. Hi Adrianna, thank you for the recipe, we made the cake and it was delicious! We used edelflower syrup and 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and it was really great. It made our royal wedding tv watching experience even better!

  6. Love the cake! I wish I had your talent with the rosettes! And yeah, I’m planning on watching coverage of the wedding. I can’t help it, I’m just curious about the whole to do!