Sunday 17 April 2011

Lemon and elderflower cupcakes plus Dr Oetker

I was recently contacted and asked if I would like to receive some of Dr Oetker's baking products to experiment with and use in my baking. I replied in the affirmative and received the basket of goodies in the photo at the end of the post. There are some interesting products in their range for bakers like me who are essentially a bit rubbish when it comes to creating homemade decorations for baked goods and it was interesting to receive some of them. I have to admit to being surprised that Scotbloc is still produced, and more surprised to be sent it as a food blogger - not a product I would use, although I recognise it has its place (T can vouch for this - he put it in that place in my house....)
I decided to use the delicate wafer daisies to decorate some little spring inspired cupcakes, baked in some of their pretty cupcake cases. When I think of spring, lemon always springs to mind, and shortly after that, elderflowers. This is partly because there is a large elderflower in my garden and I am watching it with a beady eye to see when it starts to flower... until then elderflower cordial from Bottlegreen is excellent!
The recipe for these is adapted from a couple of sources - I sort of made it up as I went along. I was pleased that the wafer daisies had survived transit related traumas - there were 11 whole and 2 broken ones. Lemon and elderflower cupcakes Ingredients 60g softened butter 110g golden caster sugar 80g self raising flour 60g plain flour 2 eggs
3tbsp elderflower cordial
zest 1/2 small lemon

For the icing
120g icing sugar
elderflower cordial, plus a little water


- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Place your cupcake liners in a bun tray (smaller than a muffin tin).

- Cream the butter and sugar until well mixed.

- Beat in the flour, eggs, elderflower cordial and lemon zest until well mixed.

- Divide between the cake cases.

- Bake for 20-25 minutes until pale golden.

- Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.

- When cool decorate using the glace icing (mix icing sugar with enough elderflower cordial to make a thick icing) and place a daisy on the top.

They were pretty successful, although the elderflower flavour didn't come through very strongly in the cupcakes. It was strengthened by the elderflower in the icing though, and overall they worked well, reminding me that spring is well and truly on its way. Yippee!!!

With thanks to Sarah at Brando for Dr Oetker.


Maria♥ said...

Love these spring-time cupcakes. I've also used those wafer daisies for cupcakes, aren't they are great?


Kate@whatkatebaked said...

I love the idea of adding elderflower cordial- a beauitful spring-summery sounding cupcake, especially with the pretty flowers on top!


Patti said...

just beautiful... so springlike... just perfect... and how lucky you got to try such wonderful items for free!!!
do you know of a website where I can translate your 'english' measurements to american equivalents? Math was never my strong point! Thank you for the lovely blog!

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

I saw those flowers somewhere today - stuck on something that looked like cake lollipops? I like their little chocolate hearts I have to confess. If I have to decorate I'd rather someone else made the decorations and I just stick em on! What fun!

cocoa and coconut said...

Gorgeous! I love flower decorated cupcakes.

Suelle said...

Joanna - I think you saw the same magazine advert that I did!

Those little flowers are so pretty it's hard to believe they come from the same source as Scotbloc!

I'll wait with interest to see what else you produce, C - I want to see some neat writing with those icing pens! LOL!

The Caked Crusader said...

your pretty spring-like cupcakes are the perfect bake to follow on from your spring blossome post!

Choclette said...

I've seen a few recipes for lemon and elderflower cakes and they sound so good. I keep meaning to make some and then get distracted. Yours look lovely especially with the daisies on top. I turned down this offer from Dr Oetker, but am rather regretting it now as it looks as though you got some good things along with the bad!

Kim said...

They sound lovely and spring-like, and the daisies really set them off. I was meaning to get some of those after I saw a voucher but I forgot to cut it out!

Helen said...

I blogged my cake pops with flowers stuck on them before the Dr O adverts but with the timing I think they did not have enough time to have used my idea!

Love elderflower in anything.

Tastyveedu said...

After reading this post on your blog,I shoppd for Dr.Oetker and got a Plain chocolate cake covering (Scotbloc)..but I have no idea how to use it,can i simply melt it and smear it over my cake?or can i make a ganache with it??


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