Thursday, November 06, 2008

Lavender-Lemon Tea Cake


I served this tea cake at my East Frisian tea party. I chose this cake because I wanted something that would let the tea itself shine. This cake needed to play a supporting role, not the lead. I was pleased!

The recipe foundation came from here. I added a few tweaks to it, including the lemon part. So here is my version:

Cake:
1 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (next time I will try whole wheat)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
2 Tablesp finely chopped lavender leaves (fresh) or 1 Tablesp dried
Lemon zest (I used the zest from 2 lemons)

Glaze:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tsp water
1/4 tsp (or more, to taste) lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla at medium speed until well-blended. Add egg and egg white, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, sift flour and measure. Combine the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well (and sift again). Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in lavender and lemon zest.

Pour the batter into an 8-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for ~45-50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

To prepare the glaze (it's a thin glaze - not icing), combine powdered sugar, water and lemon juice. Adjust to the desired lemony flavor. Spread on the warm cake. Cool in pan on a wire rack approximately 20 minutes before removing from pan. To serve, slice and present on a pretty platter.

7 comments:

Alice said...

Looks so pretty. I like the idea of adding lemon to balance out the lavender. I think lavender can be soooo overpowering.

Steph said...

Hi, Alice! I agree - the lemon was a definite plus in this cake.

Teresa of Southern Touch Catering said...

I think I will have to try this. I have some lavender that is just crying out to be used. And sonce today is my husbands birthday and he always wants chocolate, I'll make this for me.
Thanks Steph!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful photograph Steph! When I make a lemon tea cake, I like to add freshly snipped (or dried works too) lemon verbena and lemon balm in addition to the lemon zest. The tiny specks of the green herb in the tea bread are pretty, I think. Nancy

Allison said...

mmmm this sounds good- I love anything lemon!

sweetcakes said...

I heard through the grape vine that the lavender-lemon cake was delicious!

Anna said...

Oh. Yum.