Lemon drizzle cake is probably my all-time favourite flavour and here I’ve changed it slightly by adding in some elderflower cordial, giving the whole thing a fragrant and fruity flavour.
It’s easy to make and the addition of elderflower in the cake mix and the drizzle poured onto the warm cake give it a beautifully floral spring feel.
175g soft butter
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
The zest of 1 lemon
40ml elderflower cordial
2 eggs, at room temperature
For the syrup:
The juice of the 1 lemon
20ml elderflower cordial
200g caster sugar
For the top:
300g icing sugar
200g very soft butter
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
large tablespoon of elderflower cordial
How to make…
Preheat the oven to 170C/150 Fan/Gas 3 and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Mix the butter and sugar together until light, foamy and doubled in texture, this takes around three minutes with an electric mixer and five without.
Add the eggs, one at a time (if the mixture curdles throw in a tablespoon of flour), and then pour in the elderflower cordial and lemon zest before you sieve in the flour.
Carry on mixing until everything is well combined (around three minutes more with the electric, five without) and then spoon the mixture into the cake tin.
Use a spatula to smooth the mixture down and pop it in the oven for 45 minutes.
It’s ready when the cake sponge springs back to your touch, or a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
While the cake’s in the oven, get the syrup ready. Put the caster sugar, lemon juice and elderflower into a pan on the hob and simmer for three minutes then set aside.
When you take the cake out of the oven, prick it all over with a skewer and then drizzle the syrup into it and leave to cool for at least an hour.
Next make the icing, mix all of the ingredients together until you have a thick and smooth buttercream.
You can either swirl this onto your cake or if you have time, put it into a piping bag, snip off the end, and pipe mini blobs (there’s really no other word for them) all over the top of the cake. Finish with a sprinkle of lemon zest.