Lavender Yogurt Cake Recipe

Lavender Yogurt Cake

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 Yogurt Cake

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.

Slice of Lavender Yogurt Cake on a blue & white plate

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

Lavender Yogurt Cake

Colleen
Lavender adds a subtly sweet floral note to this moist and tasty yogurt cake with a lemon glaze.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 12 slices
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup full fat or Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp lavender buds
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar

Instructions
 

  • 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

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 111mgSugar: 20gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
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16 thoughts on “Lavender Yogurt Cake Recipe

    1. Hi Dee, no, I have made this recipe with both dried and fresh lavender, so I think you can keep the same measurements. If you make it, I would love to hear how it turned out for you! Cheers 🙂

  1. I like the idea of using the lavender flowers right in the cake!..Makes for a beautiful presentation!

  2. Gorgeous photo! I love yogurt cakes and lavender is such a wonderful flavour, especially with a lemon glaze.

  3. I love love love lavender and lemon together; I can only imagine the creaminess of yogurt added in! So good.

  4. Love yogurt cake but have never added lavender! This sounds so interesting and is a really pretty looking cake. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. These are my kind of cakes! Also in Italy yogurt cakes are very popular, and I bake them often. I love that they are moist and fluffy and mildly sweet and perfect with a coffee or tea. Yours with lavender looks and sounds awesome. Beautiful pictures!

  6. You know, the internet is full of cake recipes, but once in a while I see something that really piques my curiosity. I must say this is one of those times. First of all, I love cooking with lavender (I make a wicked lavender shortbread), but I really love that you tied it into a yogurt cake. I’m also loving the elegant simplicity of your photos! Great stuff – thanks for posting it.

    1. Thanks so much, Sean, you’re so kind! I’m not usually much of a cake maker, but yogurt cakes are pretty simple and don’t test my patience too much 🙂 And I’m always trying to think of new ways to use lavender, love the flavour.

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