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Royal Wedding Cake Recipe

Elderflower Cake

Moist and zingy elderflower lemon cake filled with lemon curd and elderflower Swiss meringue buttercream. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 395kcal



    For the Cake:

    • 2 1/4 cups cake flour 335g
    • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 235g
    • 1 tsp baking powder heaping
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 2/3 cup whole milk 160ml, room temperature
    • 1/4 cup sour cream 60ml, room temperature
    • 6 large egg whites room temperature
    • 3 tbsp elderflower syrup
    • Lemon zest
    • 1/3 cup lemon juice 80ml
    • ¾ cup unsalted butter 176g, room temperature

    For the Lemon Curd:

    • 6 egg yolks
    • cup lemon juice 80ml, freshly strained
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g, chilled
    • 1 cup granulated sugar 228g

    For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

    • 5 egg whites room temperature
    • 2 cups unsalted butter 452g, room temperature
    • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 300g
    • 1 pinch kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp elderflower syrup

    For the American Buttercream:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter 225g, room temperature
    • 1.5 lb Confectioners sugar 460g, sifted
    • 1 tsp rose water
    • pink, yellow, orange food coloring
    • matcha powder



      For the Cake:

      • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour three 6-inch cake pans. Add on damp baking strips. Zest and juice a lemon. 
      • In a standing mixer, sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Give it a whisk and set aside.
      • In a large bowl, add egg whites, milk, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest and sour cream. Whisk together.
      • Add a paddle attachment to the stand mixer. Add in room temperature butter in cubes or pieces.
      • Switch to a whisk attachment. On medium speed, beat for ½ of the wet mixture into the crumby dry mixture. Scrape the bowl down and add the remaining wet mixture. Beat until combined.
      • Pour the batter into the pans. I use a kitchen scale for more precision.
      • Bake for 33 - 36 minutes and/or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
      • Let the cake layers cool in their pans for about 5 minutes, them dump them out onto a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

      For the Lemon Curd:

      • Cut cold butter into 1 inch cubes.
      • Strain the egg yolks through a sieve. Beat with a french whisk.
      • While mixing, add in the sugar. It’ll turn into a light lemon color.
      • Add lemon juice in.
      • Transfer the bowl to a medium low heat while whisking constantly.
      • Once it hits 170F, it will change consistency. This can be tested by dipping the back of a wooden spoon and running your finger through.
      • Add in the cubed butter.
      • Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic and transfer to the fridge to set for a few hours.
      • Transfer to a piping bag for assembly. Snip off the tip.

      For the Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

      • Add egg whites, sugar and salt in a bowl.
      • Give the mixture a brief whisk.
      • Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.
      • Whisk the egg whites occasionally while it warms up. When the mixture has warmed, whisk it constantly. You will heat the mixture until it reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF or until it's not grainy between your fingers.
      • Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Whip until you get room temperature glossy peaks. 
      • While the mixture is running on low, add tablespoon sized dollops of room temperature butter making sure to let the butter incorporate before you add the next piece. Add in the elderflower syrup. 
      • Transfer it to a piping bag. Snip off the tip when ready to use.

      For the American Buttercream:

      • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the room temperature butter until smooth.
      • Sift in the confectioner’s sugar. You can add the sugar in two batches.
      • Beat until you get to a desired consistency. Add a few drops of rose water. Make sure the buttercream is thick.
      • Dye a few batches yellow, soft pink and pink. Use some matcha powder to create a natural leaf color. 
      • Transfer buttercream to piping bag fitted with a 120 tip to make the petals.
      • Cut a square of parchment paper. Use a tiny bit of buttercream to glue down the paper onto a piping nail.
      • For the roses, place a small cone of very thick buttercream in the middle of the square.
      • Add bits of yellow in the middle for added dimension. Pipe the petals using a 120 tip.

      For the Assembly:

      • Pipe a thick ring of swiss buttercream along the perimeter of cake layer. Pipe in the lemon curd in the middle. Add the next layer and repeat the process.
      • Transfer to the fridge to chill for a few minutes.
      • Add swiss buttercream tp the outside of the cake.
      • Smooth the Swiss buttercream with a bench scraper and offset spatula. Chill the cake again. If you're baking in a warmer climate, keep the cake in the fridge until you're ready to add the roses on. 
      • Pipe a crescent ring of Swiss buttercream on the top of the cake.
      • Use scissors to transfer roses to the ring.
      • Pipe in leaves with a 68 tip to create some more dimension.



      • If you’re not using 6-inch pans, double the recipe for 8-inch pans or triple the recipe for 9-inch pans.
      • If you see little clumps of butter after you mix the wet ingredients don’t panic, it all works out by the time you mix in the dry ingredients. You can even use melted butter and warm the milk and sour cream up a bit if you like.
      • You can substitute whole milk yogurt for the sour cream if desired, I do it all the time and can’t really tell the difference.
      • To get FLAT layers that are moist inside and out try using cake strips! You can buy a set online or make your own from foil and paper towels at home. I made a whole blog post on it so check it out if you’re interested!
      • If you don't have much experience making buttercream flowers you can add some real flowers on top or check out my how to make buttercream flowers post with how to video.


      Calories: 395kcal