Monday, 30 April 2018

Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding.  They're easy to make and have a lovely delicate flavour.

How to make Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes

I'm sure you won't have missed the excitement building around the forthcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which is attracting a swarm of media attention!  On the big day itself there is certainly going to be a lot of interest in her choice of wedding gown, but for me the interest will mainly lie with their wedding cake.

Pretty Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

Now, I'd love to be able to tell you that the Prince and his fiance confided in Only Crumbs Remain regarding the cake's flavour and style, and even asked me to bake their wedding cake, but alas not (phew, can you imagine how nerve racking that would have been 😥!).  From what I understand from newspaper articles and a quick Google search they are breaking away from the traditional fruit cake in favour of spring flavours and have commissioned a Lemon Elderflower Cake.

Cupcakes filled with lemon curd

Although we don't know as yet what their Lemon & Elderflower Cake will look like nor how the two flavours are brought to the cake, our cupcakes are a delicious way that you can easily enjoy this fresh and clean flavour pairing.  In fact these pretty cupcakes are perfect for enjoying with family and friends, or even charity bake sales, as well as marking the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May.   

Lemon and Elderflower Cakes

There are a number of ways that you could decorate these Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes.  My personal favourite is with a simple rosette swirl of lemon buttercream frosting which is topped with either a sugar flower or real edible flowers and a few pearlescent ball sprinkles.  Of course, though, you could also top the swirl of buttercream frosting with candied lemon peel instead.

Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes decorated with sugar flowers and sprinkles or candied lemon zest.

So, here's how to make Lemon  & Elderflower Cupcakes.

Cupcake, Cupcake Recipe, Lemon & Elderflower
Yield: 11 - 12 Cupcakes

Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes

prep time: 40 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 60 mins
These Lemon & Elderflower Cupcakes are inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding. They're easy to make and have a lovely delicate flavour.


For the Sponge Batter
  • 170g Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 75g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • small Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Eggs, large, lightly beaten
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Elderflower Cordial
  • 170g SR Flour
  • 1 tsp (level) Baking Powder
For the Buttercream
  • 200g Butter, unsalted, softened
  • 400g Icing Sugar
  • 40g Lemon Curd
  • Splash of Milk
For the Filling
  • 60g (approx) Lemon Curd
For the Decoration (see note b below)
  • Either Edible Flowers, or Sugar Flowers
  • Pearlescent Ball Sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 190℃ / Fan 170℃ / Gas 5. Place the muffin sized cases into the muffin tray.
  2. Make the sponge. Place the soft butter and sugars into a good sized bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon or electric beaters until very pale and fluffy. Add the salt and beat again to combine. Gradually add the beaten eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 3 tbsp elderflower cordial. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture. Use a spatula or large metal spoon to fold this in gently.  You're aiming for a nice dropping consistency.  Add a little more elderflower cordial if necessary.
  3. Fill the muffin cases. Using a teaspoon, fill the cases with the batter mixture. You're aiming for them to be half to two-thirds full. You may decide to weigh each muffin to ensure equal sizes. Each will weigh about 60g.
  4. Bake. Place the muffin tray in the centre of the oven and bake for about 20 - 23 minutes. You may need to rotate the tray after 15 minutes of baking. Once baked, remove from the oven and place on a cooling tray.
  5. Make the buttercream.  Place the softened butter into a good sized bowl.  Beat to ensure it is soft and creamy.  Sieve half of the icing sugar into the butter.  Use a wooden spoon to combine the two ingredients.  Sieve in the remaining icing sugar and mix to combine.  Beat well to create a creamy frosting.  Add the lemon curd.  Mix to combine.  Add a little milk if necessary, and beat in.  Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large open star nozzle. 
  6. Hollow out the cupcakes.  Use a paring knife or the wide end of a large piping nozzle to create a hollow in the top of the cupcake.  Add some lemon curd.  Avoid over filling. Cut off a little of the sponge and place the 'crust' piece back onto the cupcake to act as  a 'plug'. 
  7. Decorate. Pipe the buttercream over the top of the cupcake in a rosette swirl.  Finish with either a sugar flower or real edible flower and a few pearlescent ball sprinkles.
  8. Enjoy!


EQUIPMENT NEEDED: 12 muffin sized cupcake cases & muffin tin.  Piping bag fitted with a large open star nozzle. 
a) Aim to ensure your ingredients are at room temperature before baking.  Consider very gently warming the lightly beaten eggs over a double boiler if the eggs are chilly, especially in the colder months.  Heat them until they are tepid (neither warm nor cold to the touch).  b)  If you'd prefer to decorate your cupcakes with candied lemon zest, simply use a zester to create long strands of zest from 2 washed unwaxed lemons.  Avoid taking the white pith.  Place 100ml of water and 75g sugar into a small pan.  Set over a medium heat to dissolve.  Put the prepared lemon strips into the pan.  Allow them to cook for about 10 minutes.  Remove them from the pan and set onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Try to ensure the lemon zest pieces aren't touching.  Once the cupcakes have finished baking place the tray in the cooling oven and allow them to dry out whilst the oven cools.

Please note, nutritional values are offered as a guideline only.  Values below are for 1 cupcake, based on a batch of 12 cupcakes made.
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  1. Such pretty little cakes! And I love lemon and elderflower together too, it's delicious!

    1. Aw thankyou Kat, it's the first time I've tried them together tbh - I'm definitely loving the combo :-)
      Angela x

  2. These sound wonderful and amazing flavors! Thanks for sharing, Angela. x

  3. oh my gosh these are so pretty and perfect for this time of year.I adore elderflower in cordials and in baking. very tempting indeed x

    1. Aw thankyou so much Jenny, I love elderflower cordial too - it's so lovely and fresh isn't it :-)
      Angela x

  4. I love this recipe. For their wedding, I plan to make an afternoon tea for us to enjoy while watching the wedding. I can't wait! I might make an lemon and elderflower cake or cupcakes like you did, that is such a great idea.

    1. Aw what a lovely idea Anca (can we come along ;-) )
      Angela x

  5. Oh these look so perfect! Could they be any cuter? I always love lemon in cake too so I bet they taste fantastic! #CookBlogShare

    1. Thankyou so much Donna, lemon is one of my favourite cake flavours too - and it works so well with elderflower :-)
      Angela x

  6. These look so pretty and delicate. I don't know if I have ever had elderflower so I think with the upcoming wedding it is about time I tried it!

    1. Ooh you definitely should give it a whirl Cat, even if it's just as a drink - I'm sure you'll love it :-)
      Angela x

  7. Definitely the flavour of the moment and I love it.

    1. It's definitely on trend at the moment isn't it Jacqui ;-)
      Angela x

  8. What lovely flavours! I love that they have chosen something a little bit different (though I am a big fan of fruitcake too, I might add). I am fascinated by how their cake will be - I am imagining something very pretty and 'springy' maybe in pastel colours with lots of flowers and also quite modern...I could of course be quite wrong! A shame they didn't ask you to make it though - I'm sure you would do an amazing job! :-D Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

    1. Thankyou so much Eb :-) we're huge fans of fruit cake too but I think lemon & Elderflower feels so fitting for this time of year. I totally agree Eb, I thibk they will go for somehing very 'pretty' with a lovely 'sring' feel to it . Hahaha, oh my words that would have been nerve racking if they had - so gla they didn't tbh lol ;-)
      Angela x

  9. These look ever so pretty Angela, very delicate and definitely fit for a princess :) I do love elderflower and in combination with lemon it must be so good and refreshing! Perfect street party cupcakes to celebrate royal wedding for sure! Thanks for sharing with #BakingCrumbs ;) x

    1. Aw thankyou so much Jo, I'm a huge fan of elderflower drinks but hadn't tried in a bake nor with lemon before but it works so beautifully together. They're both such lovely clean fresh flavours and perfect for the Spring time. Thanks Jo, it's such a great linky lol ;-)
      Angela x

  10. So summery and so English!!I feel patriotic already!Beautiful and delicious perfect for THE wedding!x

  11. It's good to hear the royal couple are breaking with tradition..... I think your cupcakes would perfectly adorn the royal table though, so I am somewhat surprised you didn't get the royal commission. x

    1. Haha, can you imagine how stressful that would have been Kate - I feel perfectly happy to watch from afar :-D You're right Kate, as much as we love fruit cake I think the lemon & elderflower combo is such a refreshing change and perfect for a Spring wedding.
      Angela x

  12. Really enjoyed making these and they came out beautifully. Really got the elderflower coming through as well! A real hit.

    1. That's so good to hear, I'm so happy that you enjoyed them :-)
      Angela x

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