Elderflower, Lemon, and Mascarpone Cake

With a final week of wedding prep in full flow, there was some concern circulating in my family that my Mum's birthday would be forgotten... how wrong they were! I was searching pinterest for inspiration when I came across Cygnet Kitchen's Elderflower, Lemon, and Mascarpone Cake. I knew I was on to a winner...

Elderflower, Lemon, and Mascarpone Cake | Bad Dog Blog

Just a simple cake with a few twists which went down a storm with the gathered masses! I'll put her recipe at the bottom, with a few of my tips! 

Elderflower, Lemon, and Mascarpone Cake | Bad Dog Blog


  • 220g butter, softened, plus a little extra to grease the pans
  • 220g white caster sugar
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 4 free range eggs (weighing a total of 220g in their shells), lightly beaten
  • 220g self raising four, sifted.
  • 3-4 tablespoons undiluted elderflower cordial

Lemon & Elderflower Syrup

  • freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon
  • 100ml undiluted elderflower cordial
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar (preferably golden but you can use white)


  • 500g mascapone
  • 200ml double cream
  • 3 tablespoons undiluted elderflower cordial
  • 250g icing sugar sifted.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Beat together all the cake ingredients, (I always cheat and throw them in my magi-mix!) Mix them together until they are blended
  • Split the mixture evenly and pour into 2 greased cake tins 
  • Bake in the oven for around 20/25 mins 
  • Combine the syrup ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil, allow to simmer until the mixture has reduced in volume, leave to cool
  • Once the cakes are cooked, take out and leave to cool for 10 mins
  • When cool enough to pick up, carefully slice each cake in half and brush with the lemon and elderflower syrup
  • To make the icing, combine all the icing ingredients (again I used my magi-mix) until you have a deliciously smooth but stiff icing
  • Once cake is cool, ice and serve!

If you want to add an extra flourish, you can delicately decorate your cake with a few choice flowers - in mine I used a few cheeky freesias!

Rubelle xx