Gluten Free Elderflower & Lemon Cake by Juliet Sear

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    • Gluten free
    • Vegetarian
  • 7 Reviews

    4 star rating

Our friend Juliet Sear has developed a really lovely gluten free version of the Royal Wedding elderflower and lemon cake that Prince Harry and Meghan are set to have on their big day. 


  1. Preheat your oven to 180'c, 160'c fan, gas mark 4

  2. Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

    • 200g Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
    • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, cordial and lemon zest until light and fluffy, then gradually add in the eggs until well incorporated. 

    • 200g Butter (Unsalted)
    • 5 Medium Free Range Egg(s)
    • 2 tbsp Elderflower Cordial
    • zest Lemon Zest
  4. Gently mix in the flour and baking powder mixture until just lightly mixed.

  5. Spoon the mixture into 2 greased 8" cake tins.

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  6. While the cakes are baking, place the lemon juice, water, elderflower cordial and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely. 

  7. Whilst the cakes are warm, speak in lots of holes with a skewer through the sponges and drizzle the elderflower syrup with a pastry brush to ensure it's all even over both cakes.

  8. Make the buttercream by beating the icing sugar, butter and coridla together until very pale, fluffy and creamy. 

  9. Layer the sponge by spreading over some buttercream and then adding some lashings of lemon curd. Sandwich together and chill for 20-30 minutes.

  10. To decorate this, you can choose a simple rough-iced look with no need to crumbcoat. Just generously palette all over using a palette knife. You could top with edible flowers if you wish or simply decorate with additional lemon zest. 

    If you want to decorate in the ombre style in the video, you will need a little pink food colouring to tint the icing.


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  1. 5 star rating

    Just noted the baking time is on the top of the recipe- 30 mins. Hope this helps.

  2. 4 star rating

    I liked the cake it was pretty good but the flavour wasn't brilliant. but a good cake.

  3. 5 star rating

    I loved it what a brilliant cake

  4. 4 star rating

    This a great cake and one of the best gluten free recipes I have tried. The baking time is included on the first page.

  5. 1 star rating

    I have noticed there's no baking time and although I really wanted to try it that is what has put me off, bakjng time and temperature can majevor break the recipe.

  6. 3 star rating

    This recipe doesn’t give you a baking time for the cake...
    After my guess work, the cake did taste lovely. But the timings would be helpful.

  7. 5 star rating

    This is so delicious, my family said its the best gluten free cake they have ever tasted

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