Elderflower-Grapefruit Baby Bundts

One of my favorite cocktails is one made of gin, elderflower, grapefruit juice and a splash of tonic or club soda. Quite frankly, I’m a sucker for anything with gin or grapefruit or elderflower. Awhile back I came across this recipe for Elderflower Cake and thought it would be fun to experiment with, keeping my beloved cocktail in mind. So I made some tweaks and hoped for the best and these little beauties came out tender, with a happy balance of sweet and zesty.  They’d pair well with a little vanilla ice cream but they also hold their own.  The glaze I think is essential. It has a tinge of peachy-pink to it, making them feminine and springy and I imagine they’d be an excellent offering at a bridal shower or tea party.



Elderflower and Grapefruit Baby Bundts

makes six baby bundts (in a 5 cup capacity pan) and possibly a few cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup buttermilk

½ cup elderflower liqueur

1/2 tbsp grapefruit zest


Cream butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on a stand mixer. Add in eggs one at a time.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl.


Combine the buttermilk, elderflower liqueur and grapefruit zest in a separate bowl.

Add in the dry and wet mixes, alternating to the butter-sugar mixture and be careful not to overmix.


Butter/grease a baby bundt cake pan. Pour batter in. Depending on the size and capacity of your pan, you may have enough batter left for a few cupcakes.


Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes of until golden and toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool completely and carefully un-mold from pan, then drizzle with glaze.


For the Glaze:

about 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp Elderflower liqueur

1 Tbsp fresh grapefruit juice

1 tsp grapefruit zest

Add all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more juice and/or liqueur; if it’s too thin, add more sugar. Drizzle over the bundts.





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