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Vanilla, Strawberry and Elderflower Cake: Clandestine Cake Club

Vanilla, Strawberry and Elderflower Cake: Clandestine Cake Club

Six weeks have passed and now it’s time for the next Chester Clandestine Cake Club, this time the theme was British Tea Party.  As soon as I found out the theme I began researching and I was looking forward to the challenge!

My initial thoughts were to do a Rose Garden Cake but rose is not my favourite flavour so I decided to go down the more seasonal route, strawberries came to mind instantly and to give it a twist I added in elderflower.

The cake went down really well in cake club and is a firm favourite in our house. There were so many delicious cakes and it’s really interesting to see what flavours people go for, no two cakes were the same. I’m already looking forward to the next event and challenge.


175g x Butter (softened)

175g x Self Raising Flour (Sifted)

175g x Caster Sugar

1 x Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 x Tablespoon of Vanilla Paste

3 x Eggs

For the filling

250g x Strawberries (Chopped)

4 x Tablespoons of Elderflower Cordial

150ml x Double Cream

Strawberry Jam

For the icing glaze

150g x Icing Sugar

3 – 4 x Tablespoons of Strawberry Elderflower Juice


Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line 2 x 20cm tins.

Before making the cake, chop the strawberries and place in a bowl along with 3 tablespoons of the elderflower cordial. Place in the fridge to infuse whilst you make the cake.

Add the flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, vanilla paste and eggs into a bowl and beat until smooth and combined thoroughly. Fill both cake tins and place in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, the cake will be ready once an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack.

To make the filling whisk up the double cream with 1 tablespoon of the elderflower cordial until stiff peaks form. Take the strawberries out of the fridge, take some of the juice out for the icing glaze and mix with some strawberry jam. To assemble the cake take the first layer and place on a plate, add the strawberry and jam combination and spread evenly, on the second layer add the elderflower cream.

Place both layers together and drizzle over the icing glaze. Decorate with decorations of your choosing, I opted for edible rose petals to add the British tea party effect.


Leanne xxx