Lavender is blooming everywhere on our property and most of the neighbouring ones, too. And it is, of course, the inspiration for this lavender yogurt cake. I love the gorgeous scent of real lavender. Every time I walk past one of the beautiful purple shrubs, I can't resist pinching off a bloom and rubbing it between my fingers for the amazing perfume.
Lavender is an Edible Herb
Because I like to find ways to use this abundance of lavender in my kitchen, I have, more than once, been asked the question "doesn't it taste like soap?" Well, I wouldn't know because I don't eat soap, but people do associate lavender with scented soaps and lotions. Lavender though, is actually a herb, a member of the mint family. It brings a unique flavour, a little sweet and floral, to both sweet and savoury dishes. If you've ever had anything seasoned with herbes de Provence, then you've probably tasted lavender.
Check out some fun facts about lavender and it's many uses here: 18 Lovely Things You Didn't Know About Lavender
Apparently, cooking with lavender is now trendy. Where I live, we didn't realize it ever wasn't, but I'm glad it's now an in-thing so that more people get to know edible lavender.
What's a Yogurt Cake?
.A yogurt cake is very traditional in France, where they usually bake it in a loaf pan. It's a nicely moist, dense cake, similar to a pound cake and just as versatile. You can dress it up with preserves or fresh fruit and whipped cream (I like to use it for a strawberry short-cake base) and once the cake is stale, it can be toasted. Think raspberry jam on warm toasted cake. Now that's a breakfast treat, if not a healthy one.
I'm using a bundt pan just because it looks a little fancier. Because this lavender yogurt cake is already getting dressed up with lavender buds and a lemony glaze, I'm leaving it just as is. If you like this recipe, you may also want to try Lavender Scones, or make some Lavender Lemonade
Lavender Yogurt Cake
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup full fat or Greek plain yogurt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp lavender buds
- juice and zest of one lemon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Coat a 10-inch bundt pan with vegetable oil spray.
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, sugar, eggs, oil, lemon zest, vanilla and 2 tbsp of the lavender buds.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the yogurt mixture and stir until just combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake in the centre of the oven on middle rack about 50 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and remove to a wire rack.
- Make the glaze: Stir together lemon juice and icing sugar in a small pot and cook until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
- While the cake is still warm, pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to soak in.
- Scatter the remaining 1 tbsp lavender buds over the cake.
- Store at room temperate in a covered container for up to 3 days