Lemon and elderflower drizzle cake

Elderflower and lemon are set to become this year’s big hitters when it comes to baking after Harry and Meghan chose the flavours for their wedding cake.

Today Juliet Sear shows us how to inject them into your own simple bakes so you can live like a Royal.


For the cake:

200g self-raising flour1 tsp baking powder200g softened unsalted butter200g golden unrefined caster sugar2 tbsp elderflower cordialzest of 2 medium lemons4 medium free-range eggs

For the drizzle:

Juice of 1 lemon, strained30ml water2 tbsp elderflower cordial70g golden unrefined caster sugar

For the Buttercream and filling:

200g unrefined icing sugar80g soft unsalted butter3 tbsp elderflower cordial2-3 tbsp good quality lemon curd

Edible flowers to decorate if desired


  • Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, 160°C fan.

  • Mix the flour and baking powder into a large bowl

  • Cream together the butter, sugar, cordial and lemon zest until light and fluffy, then gradually add in the eggs until incorporated.

  • Gently mix in the flour and baking powder until just lightly mixed.

  • Spoon the mixture into 2 greased, side and base lined 20cm cake tins.

  • Bake for 25-35 minutes or until cooked and then turn out onto a wire rack.

  • While the cakes are baking, make the drizzle by placing the lemon juice, water, elderflower cordial and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely

  • Whilst the cakes are warm, spear the cake sponges with a skewer to make lots of holes and drizzle the elderflower syrup (with a pastry brush to ensure it’s all even) over both cakes so that it soaks in.

  • Make the buttercream by beating the icing sugar, butter, and cordial together until very pale, fluffy and creamy.

  • Layer the sponge by spreading over some buttercream and then adding some lashings of lemon curd. Sandwich together and chill for 20-30 minutes.

  • To decorate this, in a pretty rough iced way, it is simple, no need to crumb coat the outside. Just generously palette all over with a palette knife, then top with edible flowers if you wish or simply with additional lemon zest.


You can easily take elements of this recipe, for example:

Bake the sponge in a loaf tin, square tray bake tin or in muffin cases and soak with the elderflower and lemon drizzle syrup for a simple tea time cake.

Bake at the same oven temperature but baking times will vary slightly:

Loaf tin: will take slightly longer, use a skewer to check the centre of the sponge is cooked through before cooling on a wire rack.

Square tray bake tin (7 or 8 inch): will take approximately 20-25 minutes.

Cupcakes: approx 12-15 minutes.

Make a simple vanilla sponge or cupcakes and top with the elderflower buttercream.