Thursday, 7 April 2011

Elderflower & Lemon Drizzle Cake

Spring has arrived in the UK and we have been having some glorious weather, which was perfect as it came just in time for a long weekend break in Devon with my hubby. It feels like ages since I last baked and blogged but I’ve not been into my blog as of late and yesterday decided to resume normal service. I saw this cake recipe in one of my foodie magazines and thought it to be a perfect way to kick off Spring! We all love the classic Lemon Drizzle Cake and the addition of Elderflower gives it an extra delicious twist!

Elderflower & Lemon Drizzle Cake

225g/8oz butter, softened
225g/8oz caster sugar
4 large eggs
225g/8oz self raising flour, sifted
zest and juice 1 lemon
2tbsp hot water
100ml elderflower cordial
2 tbsp granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/Gas Mark 4. Grease a (20cm) round, deep loose-based tin and base line with baking parchment.

Place the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl and beat until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, whisking well between additions. When you whisk in the last egg, add 2 tbsp of the flour as well, this will prevent curdling.

Sift in the remaining flour, then gently fold it in with a metal spoon along with 2 tbsp hot water. Spoon into the prepared tin, level the surface and bake for 45-50mins or until it is shrinking away from the sides of the tin. A fine skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 mins.

Squeeze the lemon juice, then sieve to remove the bits, stir in the cordial. Use the fine skewer to prick the cake all over, pour over the syrup then sprinkle over the sugar - it should sink in but leave a crunchy crust. Leave to cool completely, before removing the cake from the tin. Serve in wedges.


Jemima said...

This sounds yummy, will give this a go at the weekend. x

Anna's kitchen table said...

Looks lovely and light and 'spring-like'!
Nice to see you back blogging Maria!

Pink Fairy Vicky said...

I only just found your blog and was so sad there were no new posts for a while, now I am happy :-)

Simplyfood said...

Moist and delicious looking cake.

Kate said...

oooh this looks so good! deffo one to try! it looks great!!! great to see another post! :)

Feeling Food said...

Oobly ooh! That looks gorgeous;-) Spring on a plate!
I write a blog too - drop by if you get a mo;-)

Gloria Baker said...

Im happy you come back MarĂ­a! This cake look delicious and beauty, nice to see you, xgloria

cocoa and coconut said...

You really decorate your cakes so sweetly. This looks delicious and exactly the type of cake that the family would love to munch on.

Caroline said...

That looks gorgeous Maria - and a perfect combination of flavours for spring. I really must make this soon!

Choclette said...

This looks delightful Maria. I remember you made something with elderflower last year and I thought it was a splendid idea. Can't remember what it was now, but this sounds delicious too.

Maggie said...

Pretty cake Maria.
I love the use of the elderflower cordial in the recipe.
Pleased that you are back to blogging. M x

Cynthia said...

The cake has a perfect crumb!

Maria♥ said...

Thanks for the lovely comments :)


The Girl said...

I've got to tell you - I've made this cake twice now and it has been the best received cake I've ever made, people have LOVED it.

It's officially on pile of Cakes I Must Make All The Time.

Julie Apps said...

Made this cake today - beautiful - very pleased with it.

Julie Apps said...

I made this cake today - it's lovely.