Lemon Elderflower Cake
They say food is the way to a man's heart and my husband, Matt, certainly falls into that category, LOL!
For the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry back in May, I bribed Matt to stay up all night with me by telling him I'd make us a late-night picnic of delicious tea sandwiches just like we had during our wedding anniversary trip to London and Paris some years ago. After hearing "no way, I'm going to bed" when I asked him to watch the wedding with me, I got an excited "YES!" once I described the fancy tea sandwiches that I'd be making for us. Ha! The wedding started at 4am here in Los Angeles so we did indeed stay up ALL NIGHT to watch the coverage of the arrivals followed by the wedding on BBC America. It was so fun!
My friend, actress Nadine Velazquez, came over after wrapping on set around 3am or so. Eeeek! It was so late for her but she rallied to watch the wedding with me. What a friend! Once Meghan walked down the aisle, however, Matt was out. LOL! He left us girls in the living room with our tea sandwiches and went upstairs to bed.
Meanwhile, from "across the pond," my friend and fellow Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, and I were texting about the royal wedding and her fab U.K. trip that all our friends were envious of. Alyssa and I had agreed to co-host a royal wedding viewing party here in Los Angeles but she received a wonderful partnership for her blog, The A List, to tour the U.K. during the wedding. That, my friends, is an offer one cannot refuse so I was beyond happy for her! Btw, if you don't follow Alyssa's A List adventures, you're missing out! Head over to her blog and sign up for her newsletter so you don't miss a thing!
Back to this cake though...if you've ever been to afternoon tea, you know there are always sweets served along with the tea sandwiches so, to accompany MY homemade tea sandwiches, I decided to make a small, lemon elderflower cake, the cake flavor that Meghan and Harry chose for their royal wedding cake. Matt, Nadine, and I absolutely LOVED it!
It was the first cake I ever made from scratch and loved the flavors so much that I ended up making it again just two weeks later for Matt's birthday! He is my king after all and he deserved a royal birthday cake : ) The photos here are from Matt's birthday cake which I adorned with freshly grated lemon peel along with mint and alliums from my in-laws garden in MA.
If you want to try your hand at making this delicious royal wedding cake, here's the recipe I followed. Just one note on the elderflower buttercream frosting: I used a little less than half of the powdered sugar (I always do when making frosting) otherwise it's too sweet, in my humble opinion. And my absolute favorite elderflower liqueur is made is France by St. Germain.
And speaking of birthday cakes, happiest birthday to my little sis, Yaralia, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, AKA Meghan Markle, who shared a birthday yesterday!
Finally, if you're wondering what tea sandwiches I made. here's my list. They were quite delicious:
- Cucumber, cream cheese and dill on rye
- Egg salad on pumpernickle
- Brie with a blueberry compote on wheat
Did you watch the royal wedding? If you make this cake, let me know how it turned out! It was actually really easy to make!
Lots of love,