Blueberry & Elderflower Cake

If, like me, you may have gone a little overboard with the elderflower cordial & produced way too much (with each year, I never learn), then adding it into simple cakes or icings is a great alternative to using it in drinks. The sweet, floral notes of elderflower work with pretty much most other summer flavours, particularly citrus fruits & berries.

Blueberry & Elderflower Cake

Berries are without a doubt some of the best offerings of the season, nothing really says summer quite like a punnet of bright, colourful, bursting berries. So, with too much cordial in the house & a huge punnet of blueberries to hand, you can guess what happened next, blueberry & elderflower cake, & it is wonderful. I made this cake in an upside down style, as I didn’t want to risk the blueberries from catching in the oven & it came out like a dream.

Blueberry & Elderflower Cake

The already sweet blueberries & even sweeter elderflower meld together with butter & sugar when baking, creating a very satisfying, jammy top to a light, crumbly sponge, both textures working in harmony with one another. This isn’t a particularly large, hefty cake & it’s quite light to enjoy so it’s a great one to serve if you’re having a summer get together or tea in the garden.

(makes one 23cm round cake)


For the blueberry topping:

For the cake:

  • 110g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp elderflower cordial


  • Grease and line the bottom of a round 23cm baking tin with baking parchment
  • Begin by preparing the blueberry topping, place the butter & caster sugar into a medium bowl & beat together until light & fluffy before beating in the elderflower cordial
  • Next, spread the mixture all over the baking parchment at the bottom of the prepared cake tin
  • Arrange the blueberries in a single layer on top of the sugar & butter spread in the tin
  • To make the cake, in a large bowl beat together the butter & sugar until light & fluffy
  • Add the eggs into the mixture, one at a time, beating between each one
  • Sift over the flour, ground almonds & baking powder, & mix until just combined & no dry pockets of flour remain
  • Finally, add the elderflower cordial & stir though
  • Carefully spoon the cake mixture over the fruit in the tin, being careful not to move anything too much
  • Bake the cake at 180C for 35 -40 minutes, until golden & it springs back when gently pressed with a finger
  • Leave the cake to cool in its tin for 10 minutes
  • To remove the cake, carefully upturn the tin onto a plate to release it from its tin & gently peel back the baking parchment


    1. Diolch Eleri! Ie, mae’n ddrwg gennyf fod y llinell ar goll am ryw reswm. Taenwch y topyn menyn a siwgr yn y gwaelod os yw’r tun, yna ychwanegwch y blieberries ar ei ben mewn un haen.

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