Sparkling wine cake with fresh strawberry jam and St-Germain elderflower meringue frosting.
I was so excited to hear that my friends Robbin & Rachel were tying the knot this June and happily volunteered to make them a small cake to cut as they celebrate with friends and family. Since it is for a wedding celebration, I had to go with my favorite cake: champagne. Okay, so I don't actually use champagne for the cake, but I do use a good amount of sparkling wine, usually prosecco. And what goes good with sparkling wine? Strawberries of course! And with the summer season approaching, strawberries right now are amazing. And I'm also not going to lie, I have always loved a nice elderflower frosting and now it is even more popular thanks to the recent royal nuptials of Harry & Meghan. Plus, my friends are arguable just as amazing as the royal family so the deserve something equally delicious!
I can't wait to see the new Mr. & Mrs. toasting to a happy future (and enjoying a slice of their cake)!
Note: The recipe below is for making the bottom tier of the cake pictured ONLY. You can 1/2 the cake and frosting recipes for creating the smaller 4" , four layer, tier on top.
[ Ingredients ]
3 cups strawberries, diced small
2 tablespoons cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
3 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup unsalted butter (3 sticks), at room temperature
6 large cage-free egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sour cream
1 ¾ cups sparkling wine or champagne (I used Cupcake's Prosecco)
Elderflower Meringue Buttercream
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup water
pinch of cream of tartar
5 large cage-free egg whites
4 tablespoons St-Germain elderflower liqueur
[ Directions ]
St-Germain Meringue Buttercream
Put it all together
Once upon a time a girl named Megan created a batch of cupcakes and fell madly in love with baking.