Elderflower Bundt Cake with Lime Glaze Frosting
Recipe by: Amy of Henry Hudson
Elderflower is the white or cream-colored bloom of the Elder tree, which is actually more like a tall shrub than a traditional tree. Elder trees are found throughout the northern hemisphere, including Mexico, the United States and Europe, as well as in Asia. Elderflower is considered to be the oldest herb cultivated by man, used for more than four thousand years to naturally treat asthma and allergies and to strengthen the immune system. While the leaves, twigs, and roots of the Elder tree are potentially toxic, both flowers and berries provide significant health benefits as an herbal remedy.
Elderflower is popular in many European countries for antioxidant benefits, helping to lower the risk of cancer, control diabetes, reduce cold and flu symptoms, and alleviate sinus pressure. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory and a natural detoxifier. A 2010 study in Ireland, published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, showed that elderflower also has both antibacterial and antiviral properties, effectively killing even dangerous pathogens such as MRSA.
Elderflower syrup has a fresh, floral aroma. Its fruity, sweet taste features accents of grapefruit and honeysuckle. It has a myriad of uses: it can be mixed with seltzer water to form a refreshing summertime drink, or as a complement to iced tea, lemonade or vodka and gin cocktails. Add it to a bowl of Greek yogurt instead of honey, drizzle it over summer peaches for a floral accent, or add it to a vinaigrette for a summer salad. To make a rich dessert, try a Poke Cake: put holes in a freshly baked yellow cake with a skewer, douse the cake with the syrup, then top with whipped cream flavored with the same syrup. Or make this delicious Lime & Elderflower Bundt Cake. (After you make the syrup, of course!)