Monday, 23 June 2014

Elderflower and Lemon Drizzle Cake

It's that time of year again, or at least it just has been, when the elderflower trees are in bloom. My most favourite drink at this time of year in this lovely weather we're having (once again?!) is elderflower cordial. If there's still trees blooming where you are, then try my recipe from last year!
This year I had planned to scour London for elderflowers to make cordial, but by the time I had got around to it, the only ones I could see were alongside the railway line that I couldn't get to. There was also a huge tree covered in elderflower in Battersea park, right down the road from me, but surrounded by a high fence!
I still intend to make some but I'm waiting on a delivery of dried elderflower from my mum back in the shire.. In the meantime I'm afraid I cheated a little and bought a bottle of bottlegreen cordial to try out this recipe. Its the perfect cake for a summer picnic.

Ingredients
Cake:100g/3.5oz margarine/butter
100g/3.5oz caster sugar
2 eggs
175g/6oz plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
Zest of half a lemon
1tbsp elderflower cordial

Drizzle:
2tbsp elderflower cordial
2tbsp lemon juice
3tbsp icing sugar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a loaf tin.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in.
  • Stir in the lemon zest and cordial.
  • Add a dash of milk if the mixture is too thick.
  • Bake for 40-50mins, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Mix the lemon juice and cordial for the drizzle together and pour half of the liquid over the cake, still in the tin, and allow it to sink in.
  • When the cake is completely cooled, tip out onto a plate. Mix the icing sugar with the rest of the lemon/elderflower liquid, just a tiny bit at a time until the mixture is able to run off a spoon still but is not too runny.
  • Use a spoon to drizzle the icing back and forth across the loaf cake.

 
 

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Emily Kate



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