So That’s What Elderflower Is? Solving The Mystery Of Harry And Meghan’s Cake

Ever since Kensington Palace announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding cake would be lemon elderflower, the internet has been abuzz with elderflower recipes to help you re-create the flavor at home.

But if you’re anything like most Americans, you’re wondering, What is elderflower? And where do I get it?

Commonly being implemented in British beverages and desserts, elderflower is the white bloom of the elderberry tree. Before it’s turned into food, it looks like this 😛 TAGEND

Ralf Blechschmidt via Getty Images A flowering elderberry tree.

alexandrumagurean via Getty Images A closeup of the elderflowers.

Mantonature via Getty Images The elderflowers develop into these deep purple elderberries.

Elderflowers are delicate in flavor, unlike other blooms like rises or lavender. They don’t quite pack as strong a punch, so even if you hate floral-flavored foods, you may not mind dishes constructed with elderflower.

The buds are used in a few different culinary preparations, perhaps the most common being booze.

They flavor St. Germain, a liqueur. As Drizly explains, every year about 40 to 50 employees gather in the French countryside to collect elderflower blooms before macerating them with citrus fruits and sugar and then distilling research results. St. Germain is often used in Champagne cocktails, the perfect type of drinking for easing your style into the flavor of elderflower.

Elderflower syrup — also known as elderflower cordial — is another ingredient that’s commonly used to add flavor to cocktails and desserts. It’s a simple syrup of water and sugar that’s infused with the flower. You can buy it already bottled, or if you’re luck enough to live near elderflowers, you can make some yourself.

And plainly, as in the case of the royal marriage cake, elderflower receives its route into desserts — especially cakes — through this syrup. The Kitchn has a recipe for a lemon elderflower cake that drizzles elderflower syrup into the just-baked cake to infuse it with flavor and moisture.

There are some healthy employs for elderflower too. It is rich in bioflavonoids and has been used in traditional medicine for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been used to treat the cold and flu, ache and swell, high blood sugar levels and … constipation. How elegant.

Check out some of the best ways to savor elderflower with the recipes below.

1 Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktail

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2 Elderflower Lemon Cake

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Get the Elderflower Lemon Cake recipe from The Kitchn.

3 Elderflower Gin and Tonic

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4 Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimms Cup

Half Baked Harvest

Get the Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

5 Homemade Elderflower Syrup

Love& Olive Oil

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6 Elderflower and Honey Glazed Donut Holes

Hummingbird High

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7 Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade

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8 St. Germain Pomegranate Spritzers

Minimalist Baker

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9 Elderflower Sangria Recipe

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10 Lemon Elderflower Cake

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11 Elderflower French 75

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12 Elderflower, Peach and Lavender Gin Sour

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