Delightful lavender and lemon freshness!
If you have them in your garden, imagine the sweet smell of lavender…in a cake! Lavender cake has the right balance of ingredients for a delicious treat. It is really easy to make and delicious! It isn’t too heavy or too sweet, the perfect snack with your coffee or tea. While you can use any lavender, I think the best type of lavender for cooking is any variety of English Lavender. This is the one with the smooth narrow leaves.
- 115gr cup vegan butter
- 215gr sugar (you can trade this for agave or maple syrup)
- 3 tbsp soya lecithin combine with 125ml almond milk
- 2 tbsp lemon zest from 1 large lemon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 190gr all-purpose flour (or a flour mix of your choice, buckweat, coconut, etc)
- a pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp fresh lavender
- Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 20x10cm loaf pan with coconut oil.
- In a large bowl beat the vegan butter and the sugar with a mixer until light coloured and fluffy. (It should beat about 3 minutes). Add the soya lecithin and mix it in. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, put together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix it on low. Add in the lavender.
- Scrape into 20x10cm loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then run a knife along the edges to lift and remove from pan. Allow to cool on a cooling rack…i mean, if you can! 😉
Lavender belongs to the mint family
As astounding as it may sound, lavender is a part of the mint family. The mint family consist of basil, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, oregano, sweet marjoram, rosemary, sage, savory, summer savory, anise hyssop, and germander. Some surprising members of the mint family aren’t considered herbs at all: ajuga, bee balm, coleus, lamium, obedient plant, and salvia.
The history of lavender is a long one. Roman soldiers brought lavender to the British Isles. It soon became associated with soaps, laundry washing, baths, perfumes, sachets, and potpourris, thus making life cleaner and definitely more fragrant. And as this recipe suggests, it also can be used in the kitchen. You can make cakes, vinegar or salads with lavender.
Let me know how you use lavender and if you tried this cake recipe, did you enjoy this complex yet beautiful taste of it?