A touch of Lavender adds a delightful touch.
This is the first year that I’ve successfully been able to keep a lavender plant AND IT GREW! As my confidence bloomed with more and more purple buds, I started collecting the flowers to dry in order to use in baking. The first time I’d ever had food with lavender in it, was with a chef prepared cheesecake. I’ve been very intrigued with lavender as an edible flower. I love experimenting with homemade cakes. I wanted to try adding lavender to cake to change up a standard cake flavor. Vanilla cakes are perfect for adding all kinds of “mix-ins.” Why not garden lavender? There are variations of this cake depending on your dietary needs.
Lavender for paleo or gluten-free diets.
I recently made a paleo version (no grains, no sugar, no dairy) of a vanilla cake. It made me feel “hugged” as the delicate flavors of lavender, honey, and vanilla were delightfully good. If you’d like to have this recipe, you’ll want to check out this book. In case you don’t need to give up dairy or would like to use sugar… or you are just really into cake box mixes… you can still enjoy a touch of lavender in your sweet cakes.
During my days of cake baking and cake design, there was a standard vanilla cake recipe I used. It is beautiful as is. It is also a great base cake to add flavors that complement the vanilla. These little cakes freeze well too. These can be drizzled with a light, pourable glaze, or left as is.
Lavender Vanilla Cake
1 ¼ c. Flour (can use gluten-free flour baking mix)
1 ¼ tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. Salt
5 TB. 1 tsp. Butter
¼ c + 2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
¾ c. milk (can use a dairy-free milk)
2 tsp. Of Dried Lavender, you may want some fresh lavender to decorate with
1). Grease pan. Dust with flour.
2). In a medium bowl, add flour, powder, and salt.
3). In a mixing bowl, beat butter for a few seconds until whipped. Add sugar and vanilla and mix. Add egg and beat for a minute.
4). Alternate flour mixture and milk, mixing gently until combined.
5). Fold in dried lavender.
BAKE at 350 degrees for about
18 minutes for cupcakes/10 minutes for mini cupcakes
20-25 for mini bundt cakes
30-35 for a small cake
Times vary with each oven- Cakes should be tested for doneness when an inserted toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
2 tsp. Of dried lavender can be folded into a boxed vanilla cake recipe at the end.