This dreamy Lavender Lemon Cake will be the hit of your next celebration! This cake combines layers of lavender cake infused with lavender simple syrup, then filled with lemon curd and frosted with white chocolate buttercream.
And so I turned 45.
This year I’m turning 45 and I thought that would be a nice round number to have a cake. I also wanted to recreate a cake I made a while back but never got the chance to take decent pictures that I could share in here in my blog. It got devoured real fast and I got rave reviews on how it was delicious.
A few years ago, I went to a lavender farm in the south of Quebec called Bleu Lavande. It was a lovely day touring the fields and learning the process of how they make the lavender oil.
Oh the place of course smelled heavenly. My only thought was I want to make a lavender cake! So I grabbed a tin of the culinary lavender they had and went on my merry way.
Lavender cake is such a sophisticated flavour. But you have to be very careful about using too much lavender as the flavour might be too empowering and the cake will taste more like soap or potpourri.
I know I want to add lemon, and white chocolate would be so good too. These flavours would balance out the floweriness of the lavender.
I think this cake is one of my faves so far. Flowery, rich and tart. I winner in my books.
So back to my birthday.
I had this fantasy in my head that I want to put all 45 candles on my cake and blow them all out.
Let me tell you that whilst all 45 candles can fit on a 6” cake, it took 3 of us to light up all 45 candles. #oldageproblems
Then, I thought I had a fantastic idea of using a blowtorch to light up the candles, coz I thought it would be faster that way. I think I saw it on a show on tv one time and I thought that it was so cool.
Please don’ t do that. Just listen to me and don’t.
So, three smoke alarms later and a melting cake I was finally able to blow my cake.
See below how 45 candles looks like all lit in a 6” cake.
And see me blowing it all out, part excited part terrified that the cake just
might burst into flames!
Note to self, just stick to those numbered candles. Two candles are enough, okay maybe even 3 max, if I get to live to a 100.
But it's all in good fun! My 45th birthday was literally lit!
The piping of the buttercream lavender flowers on this cake is reminiscent of those impressionistic paintings.
There but not there, nothing precise was how I approached piping these flowers. With just little points and lines, I was able to recreate a "lavender field" on the cake.
Offset Tapered Spatula
Pastry tip 2(2x) one for the stem and another one for the flowers
Pastry Tip 81
Wilton Moss Green gel colour
Wilton Violet gel colour
Wilton Delphinium gel colour
For the leaves, colour some buttercream with Moss green colouring. Sometimes I like to add a tiny bit of brown in the pastry bag before adding in the green, this way it will have a nice two tone colours that will give the leaves more depth and realism.
And for the lavender, colour the buttercream
with violet and a bit of Delphinium Blue to tone down the colour a bit.
First make the background “foliage” by spreading some of the green buttercream using a small tapered angled spatula.
Next, pipe some stems using pastry tip # 2. Make the stems different heights angled in different directions. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t straight or it comes out squiggly or if you dig in the cake while piping it (like I did as you will see in the video). We can always cover up our mistakes with some lavender or leaves.
Using tip #2 with the lavender butercream, pipe little dots to make the lavenders. I like to pipe them in bunches, so I start almost halfway of the stem, wider or more dots on the bottom part then it tapers to less dots on the top.
Add the leaves using pastry tip # 81.
Now, repeat all around the cake.
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