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Lemon and Elderflower Royal Wedding Cake (aka Sussex Violet​ Cake) – recipe | Champagne Twist​

No sooner had I posted my predictions for Spring food trends 2018, Meghan and Harry announced that their wedding cake was going to be made with lemon and elderflower!

So not only am I going to call it and say that Champagne Twist is the social media network to get accurate predictions in regards to anything food, arts and crafts, I’m now going to reveal my version of the wedding cake.  Enjoy!

Lemon and Elderflower Cake (aka the Sussex Violet Cake)

Ingredients:

For the cake

  • 8oz butter, softened
  • 8oz golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8oz self-raising flour, sifted
  • zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

For the glaze

  • 1 tbsp elderflower syrup or cordial (I used Ikea but would also recommend Belvior)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar (reserving 1 tbsp for decoration)

plus fresh edible flowers such as violets, roses, elderflowers, for decoration.

original picture source - Kensington​ Palace twitter
original picture source – Kensington Palace twitter

I used violets in tribute to Violets Cakes and the creator of the original Royal Wedding cake for Meghan and Harry, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  In a nod to the wedding couple, I also renamed my version of the cake the Sussex Violet cake.

Method:

For the cake –

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
  2. Line a 20cm round tin with parchment paper.
  3. With a food mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until pale in colour, and light and fluffy in texture.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in the sugar-butter mix in between.
  5. Fold in the flour and lemon zest until well incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin, and place on the middle shelf of the video.
  7. Bake for 45-55 mins. To test if the cake is baked, use a skewer and poke it through the middle of the cake. It should come out clean when removed.
  8. When baked, remove from the oven and set aside. Add the glaze at this point (instructions below) still in the tin.
  9. Carefully remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire cake rack to cool completely.

For the glaze –

  1. While the cake is still hot, mix the syrup, granulated sugar and lemon juice together in a small bowl.
  2. Poke a few holes at random intervals through the top of the cake, with a skewer.
  3. With a teaspoon ‘feed’ the cake with the glaze, making sure to cover the entire top of the cake. The glaze should soak through quickly and will leave a sugary crust.  Leave the cake in the tin for about 10 mins.
  4. Carefully remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. When the cake has completely cooled, sprinkle the reserved granulated sugar on top, and scatter violets or your edible flowers of choice on top. Serve with a cup of tea, perhaps Wedding Blend from Fortnums or Clipper’s mint and green tea.
Lemon and elderflower cake recipe - Champagne Twist
Lemon and elderflower cake recipe – Champagne Twist

Congratulations Meghan and Harry.

 

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Food trends for 2018 : Update | Champagne Twist

Well, what do you know? No sooner had I posted my article about the top 5 food and drink trends for 2018, it was announced that a London bakery was picked to make the wedding cake of the year. Meghan Markle and Henry Wales on the day they exchange vows, will be cutting their wedding cake flavoured with lemon and wait for it … elderflowers!

Yes, as I predicted, floral flavours are set to be one of the major food and drink trends this year.

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I may have to wander to Hackney and sample the baked delights Violet Bakery has to offer.  Well, someone has to make sure the cake is perfect for the Royal Wedding.

Megs and Harry, you can both thank me later. I’m still waiting for my invite, btw!

Video​: Top 5 food and drink trends 2018 | Champagne Twist

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Elderflower, lavender, rose, chive blossoms, violet, hibiscus and pansy. Prepare to see these floral favourites and more, everywhere, from cakes to teas, from cocktails to salads.

Teapigs Matcha Elderflower – Review

Teapigs Matcha tea product flat lay by Champagne Twist champagnetwistwordpress.com
Teapigs products – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

Hello folks,

This is the first of a series of reviews based on Teapigs products.  I recently attended a fun Masterclass, hosted by Whole Food Markets in Kensington, lead by co-creator of the brand Louise Cheadle.

Today, I’m reviewing the Matcha green tea drink with elderflower.

The drink, when chilled is so refreshing and tasty. I happen to like elderflower a lot, but adding it to the Matcha gave it a lovely kick of flavour and refreshment.  I would be happy to drink this all day, every day.

Teapigs Matcha Green Tea Drink - Elderflower - Champagne Twist ChampagneTwist.wordpress.com
Teapigs Matcha Green Tea Drink, with Elderflower – Champagne Twist

At 330ml the carton is just right for lunch boxes and could be a useful, healthier alternative midday pick-me-up to the standard black tea or coffee.  At £1.89 per carton, the price is comparable to coffee-shop beverages, if not cheaper.

In this format, the drink is also a good introduction to people new to green teas. Consisting of spring water, grape and elderflower extracts, concentrated lemon juice, matcha green tea and citric acid, the drink is only 21 Kcal per 100ml.

I can’t fault this, (believe me I tried!) and am looking forward to trying out the other products in the range.

Rating 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: The product reviewed was part of a goodie bag as part of a Masterclass. Reviewer paid for the Masterclass ticket.

Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher – recipe

Hello,

As it’s summer in the city … ahem … I thought it was about time to get the cocktail shaker out.  Or at least a big jug to make a refreshing summer time drink.  Here’s a little recent invention of mine, the Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher. Let me know if you try it and what you think of it.

Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher – recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur (try St Germain)
  • 2 cups elderflower presse
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple juice
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Ice, to serve
  • A slice of lemon per glass, to decorate

serves 4

Method:

  1. In a jug, mix the liqueur, presse and juices until well combined.
  2. Fill 4 glasses with ice, and equally divide the drink between each glass.
  3. Add a slice of lemon to each glass and serve immediately.

Elderflower Pineapple

To remind us that it is actually summer, here’s one of my videos from last year.  Hopefully, it will kickstart the heat wave.

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