Did anyone celebrate the royal wedding? Initially, I thought this was just another pop culture moment, and I wasn't interested.
Then, I was introduced to the idea of making a smaller version of the royal wedding cakes by a good friend. She knows I love anything remotely fancy. She sent over the receipt exclusive to me..( Fancy right) (maybe just in my head) I took a moment to ponder the idea and thought this could be very interesting. The idea that a biracial American, now the Duchess of Cambridge and part of the royal family is history-making.
So, off I went on this journey to create the perfect royal wedding cake.
Funny Facts: I am the king of a Box Cake...
I have never made a cake from scratch... (scary right!)
Ingredients: Most of the ingredients are very inexpensive, and very easy to find at your local food market. The total cost for all the items came to about $45. The bulk of the money was spent on the St. Elder Liqueur. (Only found in a Liquor store). (Ingredients list below)
Easy to make?
The process of making the cake from scratch wasn't complicated, quite simple actually. I think the hardest part was making the frosting. I will be 100% honest I purchased the frosting and added the Liqueur, but if you are brave enough to make it let me know how it the turns out…
"So for all of you guys still pushing those box cakes off as your own, you still have a chance"...haha
Flavor: What does it taste like? Lemon... Lemon...and more Lemon with a hint of Floral .. Don't ask me what Floral taste like, but it does have a taste.... lol.
Recommendation I would 100% recommend trying to create the royal wedding cake. I had loads of fun doing it, and if you use enough St. Elder in the mix, you might get a little drunk. I think that's always good... (Adults only)...
Reflection: Creating this cake was never about celebrating pop culture, but instead history. I thought about the words of the great Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream…" speech of 1963. As a child, I heard this speech and the strong message of wanting people of all races to be able to live and love as one and embrace each other. I think this moment in history was a great reflection of what he worked so hard to accomplish. I know Dr. King would say we've come so far, but still, we have such a long way to go.
Below I've added the receipt for serving 16 people.
Give it a try!
Tell me what you think!
FOR THE CAKE
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon; reserve the juice for the frosting)
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon St-Germain or other elderflower liqueur (optional)
1/2 cup elderflower cordial, plus more as needed (see headnote)
FOR THE FILLING
1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup homemade or store-bought lemon curd, at room temperature (see related recipe)
FOR THE FROSTING
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 to 5 cups confectioners' sugar, or more as needed
7 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon St-Germain or other elderflower liqueur (optional; see headnote)
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)