Saturday 21 June 2014

Midsummer Cake

Strawberry & elderflower cake
Today it is Midsummer, the summer solstice.  It's been a dreamy day here in Bristol...bright blue skies with the occasional puffy cloud floating by, the sun blazing down and the cheerful clink of ice in a glass.  There's a hint of breeze every so often and it's gloriously hot, but not ridiculously so.  A perfect summer's day.

The only way to make today, and indeed any other day, awesome, is to add cake.  Well, a Lottery win might work, too.

I've been eyeing up this strawberry and elderflower cake on Pinterest for a couple of days.  The styling is just gorgeous--every picture makes me want to grab a fork and dive right in.  Since I've just made a bottle of elderflower cordial and the fridge always has at least one punnet of juicy English strawberries in it at the moment, it seemed like serendipity.  A cake that just had to be made.

This is a super-easy cake to make. I love how towering and abundant it is with the strawberries piled as high as I could get them.

This cake is just as lovely as it looks.  The elderflower flavour is subtle, but that could just be down to my homemade elderflower cordial not being quite as strong as the big brand ones.  Taste your elderflower filling before slathering it onto the cake!!  Still, I'm quite happy to drizzle a little cordial over the cake to pump up the elderflower flavour.  You don't want too much elderflower, though, otherwise you'll drown out the berries which would be a crying shame.

You can find the recipe for this gorgeous cake at Call Me Cupcake blog. a new-to-me blog that I'm going to spend the rest of the weekend drooling over!

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  1. That icing! It really is a talent of yours. You always have the best icing

  2. Aww, thanks so much, Nicole!

  3. This cake looks amazing! :)

  4. I'll be the first to admit that it's pretty drool-worthy! There's a slice left in the fridge that I am eyeing up...

  5. Nom nom nom. That's about it.
    M x

  6. duck in a dress6 July 2014 at 22:22

    Look absolutely delicious - you can't beat a bit of strawberries and cream in a cake! :-) xx


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