It was a friends birthday recently and I wanted to make a cake. I had all sorts of possible ideas but I wanted to make something different rather than the ones that I was used to making over and over.
Lemon and elderflower work well combined in a cake and has been pretty popular since the royal wedding. I made sure my friend like the latter flavour as I know she lovely lemon cake I got hold of all the ingredients so I could start baking.
Easy Lemon and Elderfower Cake with Vanilla Butter Cream
For the Sponge
3 eggs supermarket own brand
290g caster sugar
130g butter supermarket own brand
130ml full fat milk supermarket own brand
220g flour supermarket own brand
3 3/4 level tsp baking powder Dr Oetker
2 packs Dr Oetker lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla essence Dr Oetker
1-2 tbsp elderflower cordial from Ikea
492g icing sugar
6tbsp elderflower cordial from Ikea
2tsp vanilla essence Dr Oetker
Preheat the over to 200 degrees.
Grease a 9 inch baking tin with butter.
Place the milk and butter in a pan and warm gently until the butter melts and then remove from the heat to cool a little.
Whilst the butter is melting measure out the sugar and add to a mixing bowl, add in the eggs and vanilla essence and whisk with an electric mixer. This is ready when it has doubled in size and is much paler.
Pour in the milk and butter mix to the egg mix.
Add in the lemon zest and elderflower cordial.
In a separate bowl measure the flour and add the baking powder and combine well.
Sift the flour into the mix and gently stir this in.
Pour into the baking tin and place in the oven. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the top becomes golden then lower the heat to 180 and cover with foil and cook for a further 25-30 minutes.
To check if the cake is cooked insert a metal skewer and push to the bottom. If this come out clean your cake is ready. If wet batter has stuck to it then place the cake back in the oven and cook a little longer repeating the checking process.
Once cooked and cooled, halve the cake and cover with butter cream. Flowers make a cake look beautiful. Make sure you cover the stems with florists tape and avoid any toxic flowers.
Have fun baking.
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