My recipe for Lemon & Elderflower Cake with Raspberries is a stunner! It’s a really beautiful spring/summer show-stopper gateau-type cake.
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The base cake mixture is a Victoria Sandwich, a British classic that works well with all of the other British ingredients and preserves.
I’ve added seasonal raspberries to the cake, but you could use strawberries, apricots, peaches, or even blueberries when in season too.
The floral decoration is crystallised primroses, something I make every spring, as well as crystallised violets. Once made, these crystallised flowers keep for up to a year in an airtight tin, and in a non-humid (dry) and cool place.
I’ve shared the “weight method” for this cake, as in the original and more traditional way of weighing your ingredients to match the weight of your eggs.
Bearing in mind that the recipe is Victorian, and this was the most popular method of adjusting their measurements in cakes and pastry.
Plus, weighing the eggs and then adjusting the other ingredient measurements to the eggs, gives a lighter and fluffier cake.
My mum always used to ice her lemon cakes with the lemon curd and cream frosting I have shared, which adds a citrus creaminess to the cake, and works wonderfully well with the fresh raspberries.
The addition of elderflower adds a delightful floral flavour, and just adds to the the taste of this delectable cake.
I’ve shared my crystallised flower method below, which you can use for most edible flowers, as well as edible flower petals.
Do let me know if you make this fabulous cake, and what flowers and fruit you used in it. I’m making this for our summer BBQ this July, and I may use strawberries in it, or even a mixture of strawberries and raspberries!
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll be back with some BBQ recipes for Father’s Day, Karen
More Cakes in the Lavender & Lovage Cake Files
- Apple, Lemon and Elderflower Drizzle Cake
- Swedish Midsummer Cake with Berries and Cream
- VE Day Condensed Milk Cake
- Coffee Walnut Cake
- Classic Madeira Cake
- “Cut and Come Again” Farmhouse Fruit Cake
- Hazelnut & Chocolate Chip Cappuccino Cake
- Banana Bread Cake with Buttercream
How to Make Crystallised Primroses
30 – 40 fresh primroses
1 egg white
- Place the dry fresh primroses on a breadboard, baking tray or flat surface. Beat the egg white to a light foam. Brush the flowers all over with beaten egg white, using a soft pastry brush or a paint brush.
- Sprinkle flowers all over with the caster sugar immediately. The sugar needs to stick to the egg white before it dries. Leave them for approximately one hour or more until fully set, I prefer to leave them overnight. You can also sit the finished flowers on a baking tray lined with ovenproof paper in a warm oven (switched off).
- Once they have dried, they will be hard and brittle; store them carefully in an airtight tin for up to 12 months.
- Tips: Leave the stalks on the primroses, it helps you to pick them up and paint the egg white on them.
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Recipe for Lemon & Elderflower Cake with Raspberries
- 4 large eggs, weighed in their shells
- Butter or soft margarine ~ same weight as the eggs
- Caster sugar/super fine sugar ~ same weight as the eggs
- Self-rising flour~ same weight as the eggs
- 6 tablespoons elderflower cordial
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 x 250g jar lemon curd
- 250ml thick cream
- 1 x 250g punnet fresh raspberries
- 4 tablespoons lemon curd
- 150ml thick cream
- 5 to 7 tablespoons elderflower cordial
- Crystallised primroses(or edible flowers of your choice)
1. Cake: Pre-heat oven to Gas 4, 160C (fan oven), 180C or 350F: grease and base line the bottom of 2 x 8” (20cm) sandwich tins – cake tins.
2. Cream margarine or butter together with the sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest.
3. Beat the eggs with the elderflower cordial and then add them to the mixture, gradually and beating well after each addition. Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture with a metal spoon.
4. Divide equally between the 2 prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes in the middle of the oven. Remove and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
5. Assembling the cake: Remove from the tins and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
6. Place the first cake layer on a cake stand and spoon lemon curd over the cake before adding the thick cream, and then arrange the raspberries over the cream.
7. Frosting: Mix all the frosting ingredients together and spoon it over the top of the cake.
8. Decorate with the crystallised primroses or edible flowers of your choice, or more raspberries if not using edible flowers.
NB: The measurements for this recipe are equal amounts of sugar, flour and fat to the weight of the eggs; therefore, weigh the eggs first – if the eggs weigh 8 ounces (225g), you will use 8 ounces (225g) of sugar, 8 ounces (225g) of butter or margarine and 8 ounces (225g) of flour. If the eggs weigh 6 ounces (170g), all the other ingredients will be 6 ounces (170g) – easy!
30 - 40 fresh primroses
1 egg white
Step 1. Place the dry fresh primroses on a breadboard, baking tray or flat surface. Beat the egg white to a light foam. Brush the flowers all over with beaten egg white, using a soft pastry brush or a paint brush.
2. Sprinkle flowers all over with the caster sugar immediately. The sugar needs to stick to the egg white before it dries. Leave them for approximately one hour or more until fully set, I prefer to leave them overnight. You can also sit the finished flowers on a baking tray lined with ovenproof paper in a warm oven (switched off).
3. Once they have dried, they will be hard and brittle; store them carefully in an airtight tin for up to 12 months.
4. Tips: Leave the stalks on the primroses, it helps you to pick them up and paint the egg white on them.
Use any fruit curd in place of lemon curd.
Use any fresh berries or fruit in season.
Use fresh edible flowers in place of crystallised flowers.
Use fresh fruit or berries for the decoration if not using fresh or crystallised flowers.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 slices Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 285Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 185mgSodium 107mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 14gProtein 6g