It was THE drink in Europe a few years ago – The Hugo. Very easy to prepare: you just need prosecco, elderflower syrup and mint leaves. And ice cubes of course. Still one of my absolute favorite drinks. With the elderflowers blooming all around, I decided to make a Hugo cake together with a close friend, whilst drinking Hugo of course. And guess what – it turned out great! A delicious and fluffy (but not dry) cake.

See the recipe here:

125g butter
125g sugar
200g flour
3 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
100ml Prosecco
4-5 elderflower umbels
Mint leaves (mainly for decoration)
2 additional tablespoons of sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (oven set to air circulation).

Remove the flowers off of the umbels, wash them and then pat them dry carefully. Now heat them in a pan with 2 tablespoons of sugar, let simmer for a few minutes to caramelize and then deglaze by pouring prosecco on top. Let the mixture simmer for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool.


In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, then flour and baking powder. Add the elderflower mix last.


Pour the batter into a baking form and spread evenly. Lay a few mint leaves on top. Bake for approx. 30 minutes. Use a wooden skewer after 20 minutes to check if the cake is ready – if still doughy, leave in for another bit, if the skewer is dry, its ready.


Serve plain, with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!