Lime, Mango and Elderflower Cakes

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– Candied lime zest recipe here (I curled the warm, sugared zest around a wooden skewer and left it to cool like that to create the spiral effect).
– For the method I’ve kept it simple and instructed for using a muffin pan. The other cake pans in the photos are unusual so their baking times wouldn’t be very useful!
– Recipe adapted from Women’s Weekly Indulgent Cakes *

Lime, Mango and Elderflower Cakes

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For the cakes:

  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) unsalted butter
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (150 g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the elderflower-lime syrup:

  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup elderflower cordial
  • 1 tbsp water

For the icing:

  • 1 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
  • elderflower cordial

To decorate:

  • mango , , cubed very small
  • candied lime zest , (see notes)
  • elderflowers


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F, grease and flour a muffin pan.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar and zest until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and cream again until fully mixed. Sift in the flour and baking powder and stir in until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean. Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the syrup ingredients (lime juice, cordial and water). Poke holes all over the cakes and brush with the syrup then leave to cool completely.
  • In another small bowl place the powdered sugar. Add elderflower cordial, a teaspoon at a time, stirring between additions until a thick glaze mixture is formed. Spoon this over the cakes then decorate with mango cubes, candied zest and elderflowers before the glaze sets. Leave to set and then serve, storing leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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59 thoughts on “Lime, Mango and Elderflower Cakes”

  1. Beautiful! I love the unusual shaped pans and the little specks of Mango on top really pop!

    I can totally sympathise with the stairs, I used to live on the 5th floor of a stairs only apartment in uni. Taking shopping up was NOT fun! Hope you’re having fun in the states!

    Lauren x

  2. Woo the flower power is here to stay! The flora hint in theses sweet tangy cakes is enough to take them plain to extra ordinary.

  3. These are super stunning Izy! I never would have thought of combining mango in there too but it makes perfect sense and I can’t wait to try these beauties. Loving following along your NYC adventures too; so jealous of all that amazing food you’re eating!

  4. Oh my god the combination of Mango, Lime and Elderflower sounds absolutely delicious to me. I’ve been looking for a lovely summer-ish recipe for my mini-gugl for a long time now and I think those are the perfect choice.
    Thanks so much for the amazing recipe.

    Have a nice week and May the 4th be with you,

    Love from Austria,

  5. LOVE these, Izy!!! And oh gosh do I feel you on the walkup. But um, that means ice cream is BEYOND required. Pretty sure science demands it. For health!

    Can’t wait to see you soon :D:D:D!

  6. Izzy! First of all. Hi! We haven’t connected officially, but I wanted to come on over with my #frolicforflowers tray of stuffed nasturtiums and say hello. These cakes are absolutely gorgeous! Adore adore adore. I’d love to sit down with one and you and tea and maybe some more ice cream and chat the afternoon away. Enjoy the rest of your time in NY!

  7. Oh these are so pretty. I love the little mango cubes – adorable! The flavours sound so beautifully fresh too.

    I used to live in a walk up apartment, that was my excuse to eat everything for quite some time. Moving to a ground floor apartment was, while a huge relief for my legs, devastating for my desire to eat all of the cake!

    Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers


  8. These cakes are so cute! Love the combination of citrus fruits and elderflower. 🙂

  9. these are so adorable! what a beautiful cake recipe. i love that they’re mini!!! and i would never have thought to put elderflower, mango, and lime together but i see now that it must be an excellent combo! thank you so much for participating. the styling in these shots is inspiring me to do more little desserts with adorable garnishes! i hope you’re loving NYC!

  10. These look amazing! I would let myself eat cake and ice cream every day if i had to walk up 6 flights of stairs!

  11. Oh how I wish elderflower was easy to find in the states. I don’t think it even exists in New England. We have to fall back on Belvoir (which is amazing anyway) or St.Germain (also…yes please). These little cakes are adorable and what a perfect flavor combination. Hope you are enjoying NYC!

  12. Well well well…apparently I’m 35. Ouch! Here’s to us ‘old young people’! haha

  13. These are just spectacularly beautiful Izy! A delight to the eye and to the tastebuds! 😉

  14. Love these, Izy!! Elderflower always speaks to me and I love pairing it with lime, granted that usually happens in my cocktails but it translates beautifully into these little cakes. Hope you’re having a wonderful time in NYC!! Eat an extra scoop of ice cream for me, please!!

  15. What a lovely combination of flavors! The perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a new, exciting season.

    Enjoy your time in NY!

  16. such pretty cakes! I love elderflower cordial (especially in gin) so I’ll be trying these out soon *big thumbs up*

  17. These look beautiful, and seem like they’d taste luxurious. Lime and flower seems like an interesting combo! I would love to try one!

  18. Hi there! I’m SO happy Renee’s blog led me here – seriously, I’ve just been going through everyone’s contribution to the flower potluck – and having the BEST time!! These cakes are so pretty! I also LOVE elderflower – I use it in my cocktails quite frequently but have never really considered using it in baking. What is wrong with me? <3 lovely photos and styling.

  19. What a great recipe and such beautiful photos! I had an inkling of a suspicion you were British because of the use of elderflower in this recipe. Just checked your ‘About’ page and I was correct! I am actually half British so always nice to see Brit food/wellness bloggers 🙂

  20. I’ve been loving your NYC instagram feed! You eat all the ice cream you want, girl. Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  21. Those curly candied lime zesty things are perfection! Have a blast in NYC! Ice cream, all day, everyday!

  22. Izy!! These are cuuuute. I think living on the 6th floor is justification enough to eat ice cream everyday! I mean, you gotta keep those bones strong for all those stairs. NYC is great, hope you have a great time!!!


  23. These cakes are adorable and sound delicious! I love citrus-flavoured cakes, so these are right up my alley. Beautiful photos. 🙂

  24. It’s the first time I’ve seen your blog, and I a drooling over your photos! Your food styling is stunning. Looking forward to following and receiving future posts via email.

  25. This looks beautiful Izy! I know how you feel about walking up and down stairs – I have to endure it all day erryday and my thigh muscles are stronger than ever haha!

  26. These are just TOO adorable! Love the combination of flavours! And so exciting that you’re exploring New York!!

  27. What a fresh take on a cake! Izy, you have such talent! These look like the perfect treat for Summer!

  28. These little cupcakes look so fresh and colourful! Most def I am cooking them over the weekend.

  29. I love these Izy! Just made them with coconut oil instead of butter and they turned out beautifully!

  30. ooh…I have to make this! Any tips on where to get the cordial? I’ve been looking for it for a while.

  31. Love this, it’s so pretty. That cake looks beautiful! Think I’m going to have to try my hand at this 🙂

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