The deep yet delicate flavor of these cardamom elderflower cupcakes is pure magic.
The truth is, absolutely zero people found this recipe because they were looking for actual cardamom elderflower cupcakes. Be honest, did you accidentally click this link? I think you probably got here by accident, or because you thought this was a typo. Whatever the case, YOU’RE WELCOME for what’s about to transpire.
My family is used to my whims and my “Wait, just hear me out!” arguments when it comes to flavor combinations. I LOVE brainstorming new, fun ideas for flavor profiles, especially when they join ingredients that aren’t commonly used in sweets. These cardamom elderflower cupcakes are a perfect example. Although I thought I came up with this combo, Ecclesiastes—a book from the bible that inspired that song by The Byrds—proves true once again: There is nothing new under the sun. I found this recipe had already beaten me to the punch. Although mine looks quite different, I still wanted to give a nod because that’s a cool freaking combo you thought of, sister!
Add Elderflower Whenever Possible.
My Cardamom Elderflower Cupcakes start with a variation of my white cupcake recipe and get a boost with fragrant ground cardamom. Fresh is best, but if you don’t have access to whole cardamom you can totally use the pre-ground stuff. Just make sure it’s from a good source. There’s also elderflower liqueur in the batter, that dreamiest of all liqueurs. I prefer St. Germaine to anything else I’ve sampled because it is literally the most ambrosial liquid in all the land. If you’ve never experienced elderflower liqueur, do yourself a favor and get a bottle, stat. Outside of it being delicious in a cocktail, it’s also great for soaking fruit, adding to a simple whipped cream, and for recipes like this cardamom elderflower number.
If you make these Cardamom Elderflower cupcakes, you could top them with a whipped cream that incorporates the St. Germaine, or go all the way with a St. Germaine Swiss Buttercream that is mmmmmm good! These delicate beauties are a fun and interesting flavor combination perfect for your foodie friends who enjoy exploration of flavor. And they’re just plain yummy!