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The non-traditional wedding cake flavor also springs up in lobster salad and mango margaritas.

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
May 09, 2018

The royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle will certainly be delectable for many reasons, but chief among them will be the menu for the reception. While few details were leaked before the big day, one of the big announcements was that the wedding cake would be made by Claire Ptak, owner of London's Violet Cakes. The pastry itself will be "a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring" and topped with buttercream and flowers, according to Kensington Palace.

For the unfamiliar, elderflowers are the blossoms of the elderberry. The flowers have a musky floral and honey flavor with hints of other tree fruits. While not the most common ingredient in American cuisine, elderflower does sprout up in quite a few recipes. Whether you're using elderflowers buds, elderflower syrup, or an elderflower-flavored liqueur like St. Germain, here are nine recipes you can make at home to get the essence of elderflower in your kitchen.

Almond, Elderflower, and Lime Travel Cakes

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Create your own bite-sized tribute to the royal wedding cake with this recipe, which uses St. Germain for its elderflower notes and lime for the citrus kick.

Pork Tenderloin Braised with Elderflower and Fennel

Not all elderflower dishes need be sweet. Here's a savory option that uses elderflower cordial to flavor the braised fennel.

Cucumber Cooler

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The most searched-for royal wedding viewing party recipe on Pinterest? Cucumber sandwiches. But if you've never been a sandwich person, try this refreshing concoction of cucumber, mint, and St. Germain.

Spicy Lobster-Noodle Salad

Jean-Georges Vongerichten takes the European flavor out of its usual element by using elderflower cordial in the dressing for this spiny lobster and glass noodle salad with chili, peanuts, and herbs.

Elderflower-Scotch Sour

Carey Jones

To toast all things U.K., try this mix of Scotch whiskey, elderflower liquor, honey, lemon, and an egg white for a bright, frothy finish.

Polenta Pound Cake with Elderflower Crème Anglaise

For a flower-powered dessert, this recipe combines an orange blossom pound cake with an elderflower crème anglaise that should definitely have you smelling springtime aromas as you enjoy it.

Mango-Elderflower Margaritas

If you're still feeling those Cinco de Mayo vibes well into May when the wedding takes place, mash the two up with this floral and fruity take on the margarita.

Happy Marriage Rhubarb Jam Tart with Whipped Skyr


What could be more perfect for celebrating the newlyweds than whipping up this Icelandic dessert with a barley crust and rhubarb elderflower jam filling?

Long Live the Queen Cocktail

And don't forget the proud grandmother of the groom! This aptly-named cocktail is for toasting Her Royal Majesty with healthy doses of gin and elderflower liqueur.

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