Lemon and Elderflower Cake Recipe

When I heard Price Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake wasn’t going to be the traditional fruit cake with marzipan and white icing I was pretty excited to find out what they were going to pick. In true Harry and Meghan style they chose a completely non-traditional style cake, in flavour and the way it was displayed. The now Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose a layer lemon and elderflower cake and was displayed on beautiful, ornate gold cake stands with fresh white peonies, it looked absolutely stunning!

I decided a week on from the Royal wedding to try my hand at recreate something similar to their wedding cake and found the below recipe on the BBC Good Food website, I was pleased with the finsihed result if I do say so myslef.

Wedding Cake
How beautiful is the cake?


6 eggs

100g natural yoghurt

50ml milk

450g butter, softened

450g golden caster sugar

450g self-raising flour

1 lemon, finely grated plus the juice

3 tbsp elderflower cordial

For the icing:

250g butter, softened

300g full fat cream cheese

700g icing sugar

zest of 1 lemon

fresh flowers to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line 3 20cm cake tins.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, yoghurt and milk in a jug.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar.
  4. Once you have a light and fluffy mixture add in the flour, the liquid from the jug and the lemon zest.
  5. Divide the mixture between the 3 cake tins and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Mix the lemon juice and elderflower cordial together.
  7. Once cooked poke holes all over the cakes and pour in the lemon and elderflower syrup, leave to completely cool.
  8. For the icing beat the butter until smooth and then add in the icing sugar, cream cheese and lemon zest and whisk until smooth.
  9. Stack the cakes on a cake stand making sure to put plenty of icing between each layer and the rest on the top and down the sides.
  10.  Decorate with fresh flowers.

Lemon and elderflower cakeLemon and elderflower cake 2

I’d love to know if you tried this recipe, please leave me a comment below if you did.

Sophie xx




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