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Apr 4, 2012

Almond Lavender Cake

I've been wanting to bake something with lavender for a while now. Before this, I had never eaten anything that had lavender in it but I was always so curious about what it would taste like. I love most things lavender scented, it has such a beautiful, distinct smell and I'm really excited to share this recipe with you all because now I know what it tastes like and it is even more unique than I ever imagined!

I was really excited when I found this recipe, I thought it was the perfect one for me to try out my first taste of the lovely herb. Luckily, I had a bunch of dried lavender because around here, it is very hard to find. I also discovered that you can buy it here if you're looking for it. 

When I was making the batter, I tasted a little bit of it to see what I was getting into and the lavender was pretty strong! But after it was finished baking, it tasted totally different. If I didn't know that the cake had lavender in it I would have never guessed that that was one of the ingredients. It adds a slightly floral taste when you breathe in after you take a bite of the cake. It also has an almost peppery taste to it as well. I really have never tasted anything like it.

The lavender in the glaze tasted different than the lavender in the cake. It added the softest, sweetest floral taste, totally different from the floral taste that's in the cake (if that makes sense). It was sweeter and really unexpected, but very delicious. I put 1/2 teaspoon less than what the recipe called for (in the glaze) and it was just right, not too over powering at all.

This cake is absolutely beautiful and makes for a perfect springtime dessert. Garnish the slices with some dried lavender flowers for an extra splash of purple. And if you've never tried lavender before, it's very different but totally worth it! I can't wait to experiment with it more!

Recipe can be found here at Taste of Home

Happy April by the way!


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