Lavender Lemon Cake

Lavender Lemon Cake

Cake.

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried edible lavender
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 small lemons)
  • zest of 2 small lemons
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Buttercream.

  • 1 teaspoon dried edible lavender
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • zest and juice of 1 small lemon


Cake.

Bring the milk to a simmer, in the microwave, or in a small saucepan on the stove.  Remove from the heat, stir in the lavender, and let steep and cool for about an hour at room temperature.  Strain out the lavender bits and discard, so that you just use the lavender-infused milk.

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease three 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and lemon juice until smooth.  Add the lavender milk, lemon zest, lemon extract, sour cream and oil and whisk until combined.  Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt; whisk vigorously for 2 minutes until smooth and well combined.

Divide the batter between the pans and bake until the centers are done, about 25 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack, covered loosely with a clean kitchen towel.


Buttercream.

Use a mortar and pestle, or a spice grinder, to crush the lavender until powdery.  In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter with the lavender for about a minute.  With the mixer on low, add the powdered sugar and meringue powder until combined.  Add the lemon extract, zest and juice, and whip on medium high for 4-5 minutes, scraping the bowl several times, until light and fluffy.

Fill and frost the cooled cakes with the buttercream.  Garnish with sprigs of edible lavender.


Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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