Rosie Makes: Strawberry Elderflower Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

The Victoria sponge is a stalwart of British Summertime; layers of light sponge sandwiched with fruit and cream conjure up seasonal nostalgia, memories of Summer birthdays and village fêtes. This variation from Ruby Tandoh’s amazing book, Crumb, is a twist on the British baking staple with a moist elderflower-soaked sponge, sweet homemade strawberry jam and elderflower cream. The strawberries really complement the delicately fragrant elderflower and would make the perfect treat this Midsummer. To make it, you will need:

175g unsalted butter, softened
175g caster sugar
175g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
50ml milk
100ml elderflower cordial.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/ Fan 160C/ Gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm round cake tins.

2) Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

In another bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Add a third of the flour and one egg to the butter mixture and stir to combine.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Repeat until all of the flour and eggs are incorporated.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Stir in the vanilla extract and milk.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

3) Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for around 15 – 20 mins, or until golden brown and beginning to shrink from the sides of the tin.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

4) Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a wire rack.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Drizzle over the elderflower cordial and leave to cool completely.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

5) While the sponges rest, prepare the strawberry jam and filling. You will need:

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

250g strawberries, hulled and chopped into quarters
250g granulated sugar
Juice of 1/4 of a lemon
150ml double cream
45ml elderflower cordial
Caster sugar, to dust.

Combine the fruit, sugar and lemon juice in a large pan and place over a low heat.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Heat until the fruit begins to soften and release its juices.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Let the mixture bubble for 10 – 15 minutes stirring regularly.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

To check whether the jam has reached ‘setting point’ either use a sugar thermometer (and monitor when it reaches 104C) or use the old-fashioned test. Once the jam has simmered for 10 minutes, place a small amount on a cold plate. Return the plate to the fridge for a minute or two then slowly push your finger through the layer of jam – if it wrinkles as you push, then it is ready to set.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Leave the jam to cool for 15 minutes to allow the fruit to settle (this makes it evenly distributed). Pour into a sterilised jar and allow to cool completely.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

6) Whisk together the cream and elderflower cordial until just thick enough to spread.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

7) Once the cake and jam are at room temperature, spread one half of the cake with the jam, dollop the cream on top and then sandwich with the other layer.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Dust with caster sugar and serve.

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

The cake is best eaten soon after baking, as the cream will turn if out of the fridge and the cake will start to go stale if stored in the fridge! I’m willing to bet that it won’t hang around for too long though…

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

What are you baking this weekend? Are you baking anything for Midsummer or for Father’s Day?

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

Elderflower and Strawberry Cake

3 comments

  1. Looks like a lovely bake…..Im going to attempt this on Sunday for a belated Fathers Day celebration. Thank You

  2. […] flour 100ml milk 1/2 tsp baking powder 12 tsp strawberry jam (about 1/3 of a jar) I used this recipe to make my own. 3 – 4 sugar cubes, roughly […]

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