Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lavender Chocolate Cake

A blogger friend, Such Lovely Freckles, mentioned a delicious lavender chocolate candybar on a post a while back. I thought the combination of lavender and chocolate sounded heavenly! I was talking to Rainy about her birthday cake; she always picks unusual cakes for me to bake (I am not much of a cake maker at all, Rainy LOVES to challenge me). I mentioned the chocolate lavender to her, did a recipe search and found this recipe for Lavender Chocolate Cake at Bake Space. Rainy loved the idea!

What you need:
3/4 cup milk (I used soy)
2 tbsp. dried lavender
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 egg whites
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

To make the lavender milk:
Bring milk and lavender to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, cover and let steep until you are ready to use. Strain and discard the lavender before adding the milk to the cake.

To make the cake:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Cream butter and sugar, then add lavender milk, baking powder, salt, egg whites, and vanilla extract.
-Blend in cocoa and flour.
-Pour into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes.
-Let cool.

Cake Assembly:
Level each cake by carving off the extra on top. Top one layer with fudge icing, then assemble one layer on top of another; ice in more fudge and decorate.

*2 T lavender buds was the perfect amount of lavender in this cake. With each bite you could taste a hint of lavender without it tasting like you were eating a "cleaning product" (as my sister's co-worker would say). It went very well with the vanilla soy ice cream! Enjoy!


enikő said...

Gosh, that cake seems really special!

Pussnae said...

It certainly looks heavenly!

MamaWestWind said...

Yum! Lavender & chocolate- 2 of my fav things! I'll be trying this very soon! Maybe tonight!

Maria said...

Ohhh, this looks delicious!!! My little girl turns 6 tomorrow!! I may have to try this one out! Thanks for posting it!

Anne said...

Oooo... that cake sounds fabulous!

kristen said...

oh that cake is delicious! amazing!

Mandy said...

delicious! i want to try it!!

dawn klinge said...

Thank you for this delicious recipe. I can't wait to try.

Toni said...

sounds so good, I have a recipe for laender cookies I want to try soon with tea. Maybe we can do the cake to.

Starry Nites said...

I didn't even know lavendar was edible. Fantastic!

gardenmama said...

So beautiful, what a special recipe!
I have alot of lavender, I will certainly be trying this! hehe... cleaning product : ) We had lemongrass soup and I adore my herbs/plants but yeah, soap and cleaning product kept coming to mind. : ) I like the idea of the lavender soy milk!

Antoinette said...

Sublime! I'm definitely having a go at this one! I have a bit of a thing for lavender chocolate actually.

Jane said...

Oh your pictures of the cake are so lovely! Ive never had lavendar and chocolate together it sounds intriguing. Thanks for the recipe Ill have to try it!