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Strawberry & Elderflower Cream Cake Stack

Last weekend was the 30th wedding anniversary of my OH’s Aunt and Uncle, and his cousins arranged a surprise party for them Saturday afternoon with lots of their friends and family present. All the guests were asked to contribute something to eat and , of course, I offered to make a cake (or 3!). With the sun shining and British strawberries very much in season now, I thought that a cake layered with fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries and double cream mixed with elderflower cordial would be the perfect cake for a summery party. A Strawberry & Elderflower Cream Cake Stack if you will, and although it does look a little reminiscent of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa (lol!) due to the weight of  the filling, it tasted lovely and went down very well with the party guests. And here is how I made it

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Strawberry & Elderflower Cream Cake Stack
 
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Recipe type: desserts
Serves: 16-18
Ingredients
  • 200g unsalted butter & extra for greasing
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 450 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 3 punnets of fresh strawberries
  • strawberry jam
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160o C (fan)
  2. Grease and line 2 x 8 inch sponge baking tins
  3. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar for about 4 minutes until pale and soft
  4. Add the eggs, the cordial and 1 tbsp of the flour and beat for a couple of minutes until light and airy
  5. Carefully fold in the remaining flour
  6. Then divide the batter between the 2 cake tins and cook in the oven for about 22-25 minutes until cooked right through
  7. Allow to cool completely
  8. Once cooled, cut each sponge into 2 sponges to give you 4 thin sponges
  9. Slice 2 punnets worth of trawberries (remove the green stalks)
  10. Place the double cream and elderflower cordial into a bowl and whisk until thick - but not too thick, as you want the cream to not be stiff
  11. The assemble the cake by spreading the bottom of each sponge with a thin covering of jam, then add some cream and then some slices of strawberries
  12. Repeat this until you get to the top sponge layer
  13. Re-whisk the cream to make it a little stiffer
  14. Then add some to the top sponge - adding a little height to the centre
  15. Cover the bottom of the top sponge with some more sliced strawberries and then add whole ones ot the top cente and pile them high
  16. Before serving dust with sieved icing sugar

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I do not have any photos of the cake cut as it was done so several hours later and I felt a bit silly taking photos of a cut cake in front of people I did not know!! But it was very tasty and the sponges very light, despite the slightly lop sided finished cake!  Great flavours for a summer cake.

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14 Comment

  1. Wow Jenny that looks and sounds delicious! I love elderflower with anything but especially with strawberries! I am waiting for our Elder t flower so I can make some homemade cordial 🙂 x #recipeoftheweek

  2. This looks so gorgeous and I think that I will definitely be having a go at this; I know the elderflower buttercream tastes delicious.

  3. This cake…mmmmm Not familiar with Elderflower cordial tho. I’ll have to beaver that one out. Looking forward to trying something new.

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