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post #1 of 16
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I have a 75 guest b-day party in a couple of weeks and the colors are white, pink, and lavander.
It's going to be a 3-tier cake, and as a surprise I was going to do the top tier witha white cake and was wondering if anyone has used lavender as a flavoring?
I found a pastry shop in Va that sells essence jars in different scents. They are imported from France and are excellent! Anyway, they sell a Lavander essence as well.

Anybody out there?
post #2 of 16
Never heard of it! But it does sound good~ Mabye someone out there has used it~
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post #3 of 16
I think that I've seen recipes with actual lavendar mixed in but not sure. Sorry, I'm not too much help!
post #4 of 16
I've had a cake with a mild flavor of rose and that was good. I guess that doesn't really help you though. If the essence isn't very expensive what would it hurt to try.
post #5 of 16
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The bottle I believe goes for $16 I think ?? It's a 6oz bottle.
post #6 of 16
I've eaten lavendar ice cream. I know that a lot of people use lavendar to flavor many items...there have been articles in Taste of Home and Country Women about it.
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post #7 of 16
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The bottle I believe goes for $16 I think ?? It's a 6oz bottle.
post #8 of 16
What part of Va was this pastry shop in. You can cook with lavender. There are actually some essential oils that you can cook with that are stronger the extracts so you only need a drop or so. You just want to make sure that they are organic and they come from a reputable source.
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post #9 of 16
Lavendar goes really well with lemon. You could do a lemon cake with a hint of lavendar. That way you don't have to worry about the lavendar flavor being too strong as it will be a background note to the lemon.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by prterrell

Lavendar goes really well with lemon. You could do a lemon cake with a hint of lavendar. That way you don't have to worry about the lavendar flavor being too strong as it will be a background note to the lemon.



Well one of the tiers was goig to be a White Lemon cake w/Lemond Curd filling...thanks for the idea!

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post #11 of 16
Thank..yea that's a lil ways from me I'm in Va. Beach, but I'll know if ever I make it up there.
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post #12 of 16
I think lavender flavoring is one of those things that you either love or hate. I would definitely err on the side of not enough flavoring rather than too much, though. It is quite unpleasant when the flavor is too strong- it's like you just took a swig of eau de toilette. Yuck.
post #13 of 16
You can flavor regular granulated suar with lavender to give it the herbal tasie. Just store a sprig of lavender in with the sugar to flavor. maybe you could flavor the psugar for the frosting or the sugarf or the cake if you bake from scratch if you do that. much CHEAPER!!
post #14 of 16
Hasn't Nigella Lawson done some lavender flavoured cup cakes before?
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post #15 of 16
I have used lavender in a number of recipes. I use dried. I have used it three ways, process the dry lavender with powdered or granulated sugar until it is fine, make a strong tea in water or milk it and use the liquid, or infuse butter with it by putting the dried lavender in a pan of melted butter and keep it warm until the butter has become infused. I also use this butter method for earl grey tea flavored madelienes.

I've made a lavender infused white cake, lavender madelienes, lavender shortbread and lavender marshmallows.

I love to see people's faces when they open a tin of lavender infused cookies, cakes or marshmallows and the lavender wafts up at them.

I used lavender from Penzeys Spices and it wasn't very expensive but it was strongly aromatic.
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