Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lavender Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze...When Life Gives You Lemons~



When life gives you lemons - make Lavender Lemon Poundcakes!






Lavender Pound Cakes with Lemon Glaze:
Adapted from a recipe by Monica Glass

Makes 12 miniature cakes or 18 half-cup size jello molds

Ingredients

For the cake:
2½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dried lavender, coarsely crushed or ground
¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature

For the sugar glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Preparation

Generously grease two 6-cup mini Bundt pans with butter or non-stick cooking spray and dust lightly with flour, knocking out excess. Do not preheat oven.

Sprinkle the lavender into the buttermilk and let sit for 10 minutes. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.

Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually add the granulated sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula. Then beat in the eggs one at a time, beating only until incorporated after each addition. Mix in the zest, lemon juice and vanilla.

Mix in the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Beat the final addition only until smooth. Do not over mix.

Spoon the batter into each cup, filling it only ¾ full and distributing it evenly between the 12 Bundt cups. Tap each pan several times on the counter to eliminate air bubbles and level the tops. Place both pans in the cold oven and turn the oven to 325? F. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the tops (which will eventually become the cake bottoms) are risen and golden.

Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 30 minutes, then run a thin knife around outer edge of each cake to loosen and unmold by inverting the pan over onto a wire rack. The cakes will be right-side-up at this point.

Prepare the glaze:
Combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula until the glaze is smooth and of drizzling consistency. Spoon the glaze over the top of each slightly cooled cake, letting some run down unevenly on the sides. Zest the lemon over the tops of the glaze and serve.

Notes: When preparing the Bundt pan for baking, thoroughly grease and flour the molds to ensure the cake will release easily from the pan.

When a recipe calls for sifted flour, it means sift the flour, then measure for accurate results.

This cake also bakes well in a variety of pans - two 8½ x 4½ x 2½-inch loaf pans or one larger 10 x 3½- inch Bundt pan. Just be sure to adjust the baking time to suit.

DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN until at least 30 minutes into baking so your cakes will not fall.

Wrapped in plastic or aluminum foil, the cakes will keep for 3-5 days at room temperature and for up to 3 months in the freezer.

13 comments:

  1. Such little works of art! Are you making them for a special occasion or for the cupcake fest next weekend? The photos are just leaving me speechless!

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  2. I swear I printed out so many lavender cupcake/poundcakes in the last few days..and here are yours in my own little yellow pages:)

    Beau!

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  3. How pretty ... did you use silicone cupcake liners? (I know that's not what they're called but can't think of their name.)

    If so, did you like them?

    I love the addition of the strawberry; they almost look heart-shaped too. Mmmmm, I'd love to grab one and eat it this very moment.

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  4. Susan, they look delicious!
    Are you practicing for the 24th? :)

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  5. These look so cute and delicious. I'm having a round-up of lemon recipes from around the web, and was wondering if I could include a link to this recipe, and your lemon snowball recipe? Let me know what you think, and if you have any others that you would want included. Thanks!

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  6. You certainly know how to spread the blog love around, Susan, those look absolutely amazing!

    I have same questions as Cynthia. Silicone? You like?

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  7. Thank you, my Darlings ;)

    Actually, this was a 'pulled out of the archives' recipe. I made this last year but they just seemed appropriate today for various reasons ;)

    I do love the individual silicone cups - these were heart shaped but I do not like the large silicone pans, the 12-muffin cup types. They are just too floppy, IMO.

    Hello, Hayley! Thanks for your visit. As long as you're linking my posts, I have no problem in joining in your lemon fest ;)

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  8. aww they are lovely! Love the strawberry hearts on top!

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  9. Your little cakes look so lovely! And, I'll bet that flavor combination is wonderful together.

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  10. Beautiful ,the strawberry makes the presentation perfect! Have you ever used lavender syrup?

    Looks like you have a head start for next weekend...

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  11. This looks really tasty. I love lavender, and it matches so well with lemon!

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  12. oh i have always loved these shots of yours, i have loads of you stashed on my computer over the years! the look just super!

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