Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lavender Pound cake

When one thinks of lavender they think of either bath or linen. But lavender is a great herb to use in sweets. Pound cakes or sugar or shortbread type cookies. The lavender flavor is hard to describe but it does make a great pound cake.

My contribution to Design by Gollum's potluck is a lavender pound cake. Freshly baked, it is a true "pound" cake with a pound of butter, a pound of eggs. . .

I do gild the lily by drizzling with a thin frosting made from powdered sugar and lavender syrup. A sprinkle of lavender flowers add just the perfect touch.

It's not that hard to make but it does make a large cake. All the better for a week of afternoon teas for he cake keeps well.

Lavender Pound Cake

2 cups butter
3 1/2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
12 large eggs, separated
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 T. sweet sherry
1 T. dried lavender flowers

Preheat oven to 325.

In a large bowl, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Combine flou and baking powder and gradually add to the butter, beating until the mixture is a smooth paste.

In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar; beat until thick and light. Add the sherry
and lavender, then graduatlly beat in the butter and flour mixture.

In a separate bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks but are not dry.
Quickly and gently fold the whites into the flour mixture. Turn the batter into a well-greased and floured 10" tube pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a straw inserted in the center comes out clean.

NOTE: I mixed about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with lavender syrup until it was of spreading consistency. Then I drizzled over the top of the cake and then sprinkled the frosting with lavender flowers.


Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks and sounds delicious!
Happy Foodie Friday!


Rattlebridge Farm said...

Lavender cake, where have you been all my life?! I know my mother would love this for her birthday. Ever since we moved to the farm, I have been on a mission to find cakes that call for MANY eggs, and I'm so happy to find one! It looks divine, and I just know it has a heavenly scent, too. Thank you so much!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pound cakes are always a favorite in our house, and this one looks just heavenly! I would love to try one with lavender, and your recipe sounds great. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try this!

Happy Foodie Friday!


Sheila :-)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Now this looks wonderful and I bet it sounds just as great...thanks for sharin...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Terri Steffes said...

This is right up my alley. I'll be trying this when my lavendar is ready!

a quiet life said...

i love lav and lemon combo, looks delish~

Suzy said...

This looks beautiful! Bet it smells good too. I love the home in your header!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cake! It's sounds so delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Yummy, your recipe has been placed into "my favorites". I am now waiting for spring to bring my lavender flowers.:-)

Chandy said...

What a lovely and delish looking cake!

Happy FF! Carolyn

Southerncook said...

Beautiful cake, Martha. This has been on my need to make list for a long time. After seeing how beautiful it is I know I MUST make this cake soon and I do have some lavender blooming at the moment.


squawmama said...

This sound simply delish but call me silly but I have kno idea where to get dried lavender flowers... Please let me know so I can make this cake...


Martha said...

I grow them in my herb garden but before I got my lavender bed reestablished, I did buy some at Williams Sonoma -- as much for the cute container they were in as for the dried buds.

Foley said...

Looks so unique - have lavendar syrup but not the dried flowers..I will have to ck online for those!

Anonymous said...

I'm loving this Foodie Friday, I'm getting such an education. That cake looks delicious. I would love to smell that baking.


La Table De Nana said...

I am saving this pretty!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful cake, I have never used lav in cooking.
Thanks for your visit!