Break the Rules, Stand Apart, Ignore your Head, Follow your Heart…
To say the Royal Wedding is controversial, is a tad of an understatement. Not only is Meghan Markle, an American – shock, horror! – an actress, a divorcee, and of mixed heritage, but they have chosen to break all of the traditional royal wedding barriers on the big day itself.
Getting married on a Saturday is commonplace for us normal folk, but is a big no-no for the royals – great for those of us who are still eagerly awaiting our invitation but don’t want to take a day’s holiday off work! The month of May is also thought to be bad luck for a royal wedding and was actually banned for the children of Queen Victoria back in the 1800’s, when she proclaimed:
“Marry in May, and Rue the Day”
Good on Harry and Megs for making their own rules, I say! And no more do I agree than when it comes to their non-conformist choice for the Royal Wedding Cake. Gone is the dodgy, stodgy traditional fruit cake covered with thick layers of gunky marzipan and tooth-decayingly sweet icing. In comes a refreshingly light and delicate Lemon & Elderflower Cake with buttercream frosting and fresh flowers for decoration – hurrah!
So in tribute to the happy couple and their admirably rebellious wedding streak, I’d like to share these delicious wedding cake inspired Lemon and Elderflower recipes…
Lemon Elderflower Cake
If you haven’t yet received your invite, don’t despair. Bake this delicious Lemon Elderflower Cake, which is a fitting tribute to the actual royal wedding cake, and enjoy with a cup of tea from your finest bone china.
With layers of moist sponge cake infused with delicate elderflower syrup and layered with a light, lemony buttercream, you’ll be pleased to watch the proceedings from the comfort of your own living room – and to have escaped the usual wedding hat dilemma’s!
Create your own royal reception with this recipe from HGTV
Elderflower and Lemon Sparkling Sipper
Want to celebrate the Royal Wedding in style? Then dust of that bottle of Cava and sup on this cool, sweet and bubbly Elderflower and Lemon Sipper. Made with sparkling cava, elderflower syrup and fresh lemon juice, it makes the perfect celebratory tipple. Freeze some spring flowers or fresh raspberries into a large cube or sphere of ice to add extra spring sparkle to your glass of fizz.
Say cheers to the happy couple with this recipe from The Kitchn
Lemon and Elderflower Tart
The delicate, floral addition of elderflower works really well in this simple lemon tart. However, you’ll need a steady hand when handling the pastry base, because any cracks will lead to the lemon filling leaking out and decorating the insides of your oven – this is not to be recommended! So, if you’re lazy like me, buy a ready-made crust and spend the time you’ve saved to spot the monstrosities Princess Beatrice and Eugenie will be sporting on their barnets at this Royal Wedding!
Make a vow not to stress over the pastry base of this delicious tart from epicurious
Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade
Try this refreshing twist on a classic cocktail. UK readers can simply substitute the freshly squeezed lemonade and club soda combo with regular lemonade to recreate this light and delicate drink. Serve over a jumbo ice cube or ice sphere to elevate your drink to royal heights.
Get right and royally squiffy with this recipe from Garnish with Lemon
Lemon and Elderflower Marmalade
If you love all things lemony, you’ll love this fabulous marmalade. With the added hint of fragrant elderflower, simply spread this preserve onto freshly baked scones, thickly sliced toast, hot crumpets, or toasted muffins, to add a taste of spring.
Toast the happy couple with this delicious preserve recipe from Taste and Smile
Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes
Delicious and easy to make, these elderflower cupcakes have a lovely aromatic taste that is intensified by the lemon zest. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes, so it’s perfect if you’re having friends round to watch the big day on your big screen.
Make a commitment to serve your guests something deliciously delightful with this cupcake recipe from GoodtoKnow
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