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Easy Lemon and Elderfower Cake with Vanilla Butter Cream

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

Butter Cream

492g icing sugar

200g butter

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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This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. This Butter Cream Cake looks very tasty. I would love to try my hands on the recipe.

    1. Have fun baking xxx

  2. Decorating a cake with flowers is a great idea! I used to do a lot of baking and the common theme was they tasted great but my icing skills are…erm…questionable! The flavour of this sounds amazing too!

    Francesca x

    1. The flowers do add to the appearance although even without it’s a great cake as it tastes really good.

  3. I love lemon cake, its my favourite. This looks lovely and really easy to make!

    1. It is really nice, enjoy baking x

  4. That’s such a fab looking cake and love the flavouring. I’ll have to try an Elderflower and Lemon cake myself 🙂

    1. It’s super easy. Anyone can do it!

  5. Ohhh my gosh do you know Buttercream is one of my favs I tend not to do much baking as I end up eating all the buttercream lol, would give this one ago as sounds and looks very nice.

    1. It’s such a gorgeous mix of flavours and super easy to make too. Enjoy x

  6. I have not tried Lemon and Elderflower cake but if its good enough for the royal couple, it is good enough for me. It looks delicious

    1. Ha, that’s true. It was lovely although different from the Royal cake that was made.

  7. Oh wow you have done an amazing job!! Love the look of this cake, not too fussy, but the flowers are a perfect touch! Save me a slice x

    1. The cake was delicious but unfortunately it’s long gone x

  8. When I used to be a kid my mother would make elderflower lemon juice using the plants me and my sister used to gather from the woods nearby. It was so good! I can imagine that your cake has the same delicious and refreshing flavour!

    1. It is a gorgeous combination of flavours 🙂

  9. Nice and easy recipe, looks delicious. Going to try and make this soon! 🙂 x

  10. I love lemon cake and the elderflower is such a great touch. Am very tempted to make this asap (for supper!)

    1. Elderflower works really well with the lemon.

  11. I love baking a good cake every now and then, and this looks divine. Shall give it a try!

    1. Enjoy Nickolai. It’s a tasty cake and the sponge is lovely x

  12. Lemon and elderflower sounds lovely, really delicate and butter icing is always my favourite, so this would be a hit with me. Mich x

    1. Butter cream icing is delicious, we love it too.

  13. I love the flavour combination – I bet it tastes amazing! x

    1. It tastes great. I really did love this cake.

  14. Such a simple cake but amazing flavours indeed, would love to give this cake a try when I am free.

  15. Gosh, lemon and elderflower sounds absolutely delicious and it looks so pretty too!

    1. It tastes really good!

  16. I want to have a go at baking a cake and this looks pretty yummy! Kaz

    1. Have fun x

  17. I am really struggling to have any success with cake baking since being diagnosed with Coeliacs disease, however its my Mums birthday soon so may make her this and try not to sulk to much when I can’t have a slice lol

    1. I’m sure you can adjust this to make a gluten free version x

  18. Yum, beautiful cake I would love to make this cake. My husband would love it.

    1. It’s really lovely. I’m so glad I made this.

  19. I love lemon cake and would love to try with elderflower too!

    1. It works very well indeed.

  20. wow what an interesting combination, sounds really tasty

    1. The flavours work very well.

  21. I have never tried elderflower in a cake, I bet it is nice

    1. It really is. I do love elderflower.

  22. This cake looks so pretty and would definitely be a beautiful centre piece at an event

    1. Thanks so much Jeanette. I did have fun making it. It was really yummy too!!!

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