i’m a sucker for cakes which have ground nuts as the main ingredient rather than flour – two of my favourites are nigel slater’s pistachio and orange cake with lemon rosewater icing and diana henry’s rose-drenched lime and yoghurt cake.
i love the slightly dense moist texture of these cakes as well as the way that you can load them with fragrant syrups so the flavours really sing. the way that the nuts carry the citrus and floral flavours is also something special.
this version with lemon, elderflower and almonds is very similar to the two mentioned above and just as good - i expect i’ll make time and again. the icing is something new though – both rich and light it’s a nice way to add an extra layer of elderflower flavour. and it looks ever so pretty when sprinkled with pistachios and rose petals.