Lemon & Elderflower Bundt Cake #BundtBakers ~ Κεικ με Λεμόνι Χωρίς Γλουτένη

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Συνταγή στα Ελληνικά στο τέλος της σελίδας)
We are off to Athens today to spend Easter with family and to start looking for an apartment for our move there in the summer.

And talking about Greece...

Have you seen the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? There is a scene towards the middle, when the two families meet. The Potrokalos family had prepared a feast and were barbecuing all kinds of meats on their house's front yard, dancing and drinking, when the groom's parents arrive. The in-laws meet each other for the first time and Ian's mother presents to Maria her gift...a bundt cake. The exuberant Greek mother-in-law didn't understand what a bundt was and kept asking until a relative told her that it's a cake. She graciously accepted it and turned to leave saying "there is a hole in this cake". Then she went ahead and put a small potted plant in the hole! That's my favourite scene in the whole movie. I laugh my socks off every time I watch it. 


To tell you the truth up until I watched the movie -and looked up this bundt cake thing immediately after we left the theatre- I had no idea what it was. A cake with a hole in the middle. I remember my mother making a vanilla and cocoa marble cake like that in a special pan which had a tube and left a hole through the centre of the cake, but she didn't have a special name for it. It was just a cake, a yummy cake with a hole. 

Why am I telling you all these? Because I joined a new group of lovely bloggers who love Bundt cakes so much that they decided to gather and each month post recipes of their favourite Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. 
BundtBakers

This month it is Tara from Noshing with the Nolands who chose the very appropriate theme - Easter.


Easter means so many different things to me. When I was young my mother, sister and I went to church almost every afternoon during the Holy Week. I cannot say we were always ecstatic about going but at the end the spirituality of the special masses performed during the Holy Week got to us and we were willing to fast until Easter Sunday without too many complaints. To be honest though, the promise that on Easter Sunday a huge feast of roasted lamb on a spit as well as cheese pies and many other sweet and savoury delicacies were waiting for us always had a pivotal role to us playing along with the fasting and church-going.


Easter is also about Spring, nature's awakening from its winter hibernation. Fortunately for us here in Southern Europe the winter has't been very harsh, and Spring came quite early. The lemon and orange trees are in full bloom and it so pleasant to be outside!


That is why I chose to make a Lemon Bundt Cake as my first bake for this group. The recipe is from one of my favourite chefs, Donna Hay. It is very easy to make, as are most of her recipes anyway, and it is lemony enough to counter the richness of the traditional Greek Easter Sunday meal. I added a few tablespoons of elderflower cordial to the lemon and sugar icing, a homage to this beautiful aromatic flower that blooms just about now. It is an old time favourite from the years I spent in England. I loved it's delicate white flower yet slightly sour nose and I think it worked perfectly with the lemon in this cake.


For more information on the #BundtBakers and how you can join in the Bundt Baking fun please scroll down below the recipe.
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Lemon and Elderflower Bundt Cake
Adapted from "Fast, Fresh, Simple" by Donna Hay
Serves 10
Ingredients for the cake
3/4 cup (180ml) coconut oil
2 eggs at room temperature
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup (280gr) Greek yoghurt
1 3/4 cup (385gr) sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
Ingredients for the Lemon - Elderflower Icing
1 cup (120gr) sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice 
3 tablespoons Elderflower Cordial

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Place the coconut oil, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine them. 
  3. Sift over the them the flour and stir gently until they combine and the mixture becomes smooth. 
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased 9.5 in /24 cm bundt cake pan and bake for 35 minutes. Test to see if it has cooked by inserting a skewer into. If it comes out clean the cake is done. 
  5. While the cake is still hot remove it from the pan and place it on a plate.
  6. Make the frosting. Stir gently together the sugar, lemon juice and elderflower cordial. Spoon the frosting over the cake and allow it to set.  
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BundtBakers

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest Group here 

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or click on our Bundt Bakers badge above or the on my sidebar. This is a purely administrative group.  All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs or our Pinterest board.

Check out what the rest of the #BundtBakers baked this month:
 Happy Easter!

38 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful cake Maria. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thank you so much dear! Happy Easter to you too!!!

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    1. Thank you very much dear Yummy Chunklet!

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  3. Your recipe title had piqued my interest and I couldn't wait to see what your cake was all about. It definitely didn't disappoint!

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    1. Thank you Melanie! I was so excited when I made this! I love elderflower!

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  4. Your bundt is so lovely. I could go for a big slice of that right now!!

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  5. I can't tell you how many times I've watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I still laugh at the scene with the bundt cake. How funny you didn't know what a bundt was either. I'm so glad you do now and joined the group. I'm looking forward to what you bake next month too.

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    1. Every time I watch that move I roll on the flour laughing! The look on her face and the tone of her voice when she says "there's a hole in this cake" is priceless!!!!!

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  6. Beautiful cake and love the ingredients - especially the Elderflower Cordial - never tasted it so quite anxious to do so. Great links to the other #bundtbakers - will check those out!

    So glad you shared this wonderful cake on your gallery at #simplybebetsy ~ hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday!

    Sharon and Denise

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  7. What a terrific cake! It's time to dust off my Bundt pan and try some of these delicious cakes!

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    1. Thank you so much Liz! It is one of my favourites so far!

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  8. I haven't thought of bundt cakes in awhile - thanks for the reintroduction. This sounds good, I'm always looking for a good lemon cake recipe.

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    1. It is really a very nice cake Cindy, I guarantee that it won't disappoint you! Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I am a die hard lemon gal so this looks amazing. Your photos are beautiful. Visiting via #SoMe2

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    1. Thank you Barb! This cake is extra lemony! I am sure you will love it!

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  10. It's a beautiful and delicious looking cake!!
    I've seen it on BeBetsy and had to come over and check it out
    Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Winnie! I am so glad you came!!!

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  11. This looks delicious! Visiting you from Sweet and Savoury Sunday. So tasty!

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  12. This pastry looks so good! My cousin who's into baking would love this recipe. :)

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  13. wow i think this is delicious, i wanna try this and thanks for the ingredients

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  14. I so wanna have a slice of that! Yummo great job and great post, thank you for sharing :)

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  15. oh that looks delicious, love bundt cakes. Sounds like a great combination of flavors!

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  16. That is one of my favorite parts of that movie, and I really must watch it again soon. We also share an affinity for Donna Hay, and you have definitely done her recipe justice.

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  17. Nom nom nom! This is the most wonderful and sweetest cake ever Maria. I should copy that recipe :)

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  18. I love making bundt cakes, and would like to try your recipe. I will have to look and see if I can find the Elderflower Cordial :) Thanks for sharing

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  19. I'd never heard of elderflower before. Beautiful bundt!

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  20. I remember that my mom has trays which has an open area in the middle. It was common then. This looks really tasty.

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  21. Oooh, looks yummy. This definitely goes well with a nice, warm cup of coffee :)

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  22. This looks lovely and is such a summery bake. I love lemon and elderflower. This has been featured as the most favourite link up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up with us again. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much Laura! I am so excited! I will stop by for sure! Have a great week!

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  23. I cant wait to try this... it looks so delicious

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  24. this looks super yummy! Oh and I love that movie too!

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  25. I remembering seeing that movie but forgot the whole story. Bundt cake is one of my favorites. I could have a slice of this with my coffee in the morning.

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  26. Can I just grab this through my computer and eat it please? yes, please.

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  27. What a beautiful looking dessert. I've never done anything with Elderflower but now I want to! Thanks for sharing this.

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  28. This looks delicious and is different from anything I have tried. Never heard of elderflower cordial. Pinned!

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