Our best botanical baking recipes

Give your cakes some flower power

Our best botanical baking recipes

Embrace the imminent arrival of summer with a botanical-inspired bake.

From luscious elderflower-flavoured trifles to herb-infused cakes and rose petal-topped doughnuts, these recipes taste as dreamy as they look. 

Read on to decide which one you fancy...

Strawberry and elderflower trifle

Elderflower pressé is a delicious addition to this summery trifle recipe, which is topped with juicy strawberries and pretty chopped pistachios.

rosemary drizzle cake

If you've never used rosemary in baking before, try it out with this light lemon cake. Drizzled with citrussy syrup, this makes a perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack, with a cup of tea.

mojito drizzle loaf cake 

Bet you never thought of using mint in a cake – but this mojito-inspired bake is delcious, delicately flavoured with a fresh mint-infused drizzle. Could a cake be any more summery?

Saffron & rose water flan

You only need a pinch of saffron to add distinctive flavour and a rich golden colour to this grown-up flan. With pretty orange slices and crushed pistachio, this recipe is sure to wow guests at your next get-together.

lemon & rose doughnuts 

These lemon and rose doughnuts are deceptively simple to make, since you oven-bake them in a tin. Flavoured with rose water, the icing is a pretty (not to mention tasty) finishing touch. 

pistachio pavlova with rosewater berries

This beautiful pistachio pavlova is the ultimate party show-stopper. Topped with heaps of glossy rosewater-flavoured berries, who could resist?

Chocolate-filled rosebud meringues

These pretty rosebud meringues would make a gorgeous thoughtful gift or a showstopping dessert. 

Basil and strawberry cupcakes

Ready to take your cupcakes to the next level? Put a new spin on your batch by adding a little fresh basil – it works suprisingly well with sweet, juicy strawberries.

Apple rose tarts

Want to impress dinner guests with a sophisticated dessert? Served with cream or ice cream, these apple rose tarts are almost too pretty to eat! Almost.

Find everything you need for these glorious desserts online, or pop into your local store.