With spring in the air, a cake with a floral theme seemed appropriate. I happened to have some lavender chocolate in the house and although lavender isn't exactly spring like, it is floral. So a chocolate lavender cake it was going to be. Excitingly, it is the season for goose eggs and I had bought one especially to make my Mother's Day cake. Goose eggs have a very short season, so I pounce upon them with glee whenever I see them in the spring. They are very large and have a whopping yolk, so are excellent for baking - they roughly equate to three large hens eggs. I scattered the cake with edible red dust, pink hearts and lavender flowers. Sadly most of the flowers all blew off in the wind when I took the cake outside to photograph it, but I reckon the hearts say it all anyway.
I made the cake yesterday and am off to deliver it later this afternoon along with a bunch of primroses and a card.
Update 31 March
The cake was sensational. I was really pleased with it and more to the point so was my mother. The lavender flavour was good without being overpowering and the cake was beautifully light.
A Mummy Too.
Lavender Chocolate Cake
A dark rich chocolate cake flavoured with lavender and then filled and covered with a dark rich ganache also flavoured with lavender.
- 1 tbsp lavender flowers
- 125ml hot water
- 150g unsalted butter
- 175g sugar (half caster, half dark muscovado)
- a pinch sea or rock salt
- 40g cocoa powder
- 175g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
- 1 scant teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 85g ground almonds
- 1 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
- 80g dark lavender chocolate (70%)
- 70g unsalted butter
- 1 heaped tsp Cornish honey
- 3 tbsp double cream
- 1 goose egg (or 3 large eggs)
1. Placed the lavender in a covered pan with the water and brought to the boil. Left to steep for an hour, then strain.2. Creamed the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.3. Beat in the cocoa, followed by the egg.4. Sift in the flour, baking powders and almonds and stir in alternately with the lavender water.5. Stir in the yogurt until just incorporated.6. Divide the mixture between two 8" round silicone cake moulds and bake at 180℃ for 22 minutes. Leave to cool in the moulds for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.7. Melt the chocolate, butter and honey in a pan over very low heat until just melted. Remove from the heat, then stir in the cold cream.8. Use half of the ganache to sandwich the two cakes together then spread the remainder over the top cake.9. Decorate with lavender buds.
DetailsYield: 1 8" cake