Royal Wedding Ginny Cupcakes? Yes please!

Make a batch of these gin & elderflower cupcakes to celebrate Harry & Meghan’s Royal wedding! This recipe can also be made in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Gin and Elderflower Cupcakes


  • Preheat the oven to 180C (160C Fan) and fill a muffin tin with 12 large cupcake cases.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse to combine.
  • Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the eggs and pulse again until mixed in. 
  • Add the milk, lemon juice and zest and blend for 2-3 minutes until the batter is smooth. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula to make sure everything is well blended.
  • Divide the batter into the cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Set aside to cool.
  • Brush the cupcakes with a little Boatyard Double Gin.
  • Make the frosting: put the icing sugar and cream into a large bowl and stir together to combine. 
  • Add the mascarpone and whisk, using a hand or stand mixer, for about a minute until fluffy. 
  • Add the elderflower cordial and gin and mix again on maximum speed until the frosting holds firm peaks.
  • Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a star tip and pipe a generous swirl of frosting over each cupcake.
  • Decorate with a small lemon wedge or use your favourite sprinkles. Serve immediately.


For the cupcakes
165g flour
165g caster sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
100g cold unsalted butter, cubed
100m whole milk or buttermilk
1 tbsp lemon juice
30ml Boatyard Double Gin to brush on cupcakes
Small lemon wedges, to decorate

Elderflower & gin frosting
350g mascarpone
200g icing sugar
80ml double cream
2 tbsp elderflower cordial
1-2 tbsp Boatyard Double Gin