Saturday 20 July 2019

Elderflower & Lemon Drizzle Cake

This sweet and tangy drizzle cake combines two of my absolute favourite Summer flavours - lemon and elderflower.

As I was heading to a Cake & Yoga club on Sunday morning, I thought I'd tweak my favourite lemon drizzle recipe, turning it into more of a traybake and adding a hint of elderflower cordial to give that extra touch of sweetness and zing!

It's a super quick and easy bake to whip up, whether you're heading to a friend's bbq or simply want to bake something sweet to munch on throughout the week, it's definitely one of my go-to's.

I had some scrummy strawberries that needed eating up, so decorated using some of these and made candied lemon slices as well which, I'm not going to lie, weren't my favourite things on the planet. So I'd advise sticking to a generous coating of drizzle and strawberry slices to add even more summery freshness!

Equipment: 8x8 square baking tin
Prep time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 35-40 minutes
Makes: approx 12 portions

What you'll need//

150g caster sugar
150g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
1 tbsp poppy seeds
zest of 2 lemons
1 tbsp elderflower cordial
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

For the drizzle//

juice of 1.5 lemons
2 tbsp elderflower cordial
100g caster sugar

Optional: strawberries for decoration
For those interested in making candied lemon slices, I followed this recipe

What to do//

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C (fan) and line an 8x8 baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Cream together your butter and sugar.

In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs (to avoid any rogue shell in your actual mixture!) and stir into the butter mixture along with your poppy seeds, finely grated lemon zest and elderflower cordial.

Sift in your flour and baking powder and stir until just combined. Don't overmix as it might cause your sponge to be a bit dry.

Pour the mixture into your lined baking tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, after which a cocktail stick should come out clean.

Make your drizzle by combining the sugar, lemon juice and elderflower cordial. Add more or less liquid depending on how thick/thin you prefer your drizzle.

Whilst the sponge is still warm, poke holes into the top using a cocktail stick or fork and pour over generous spoonfuls of your drizzle.

Decorate with strawberries or candied lemon slices and leave to cool before devouring several slices with a steamy hot drink :)

Enjoy baking buddies!

Are any of you baking this weekend? If so, what are you making?

Betty x

Ps. Did you see my Oreo Brownie recipe? It's become a firm favourite in our household!


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