Lavender + Earl Grey Cake with Lemon + White Chocolate Ganache
I really enjoyed making this recipe! I've never eaten lavender before, and we had the loose petals for baking/cooking. I've used them for sachets and also in baths, but was curious to consume it. If you had told me to try a lavender recipe a year ago, I probably would have wrinkled my nose. Since then, I have become a glorified crunchy mom, and I am not afraid to admit it. I felt very fancy and herb-lover-lady using it in my cooking! Also, isn't that baking powder container super cute?! It was the cheapest one at the grocery store, and I had to have it.
My little kitchen helper (destroyer).
FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 1/2 tablespoons loose leaf Earl Grey tea
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoons dried lavender
- 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FOR THE GANACHE:
- 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cold water
- 5.5 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped (I forgot this part! Don't forget it!)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- zest from one lemon
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Here is Michelle's recipe!
"For the Lavender and Earl Grey Cake:
- In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepot, combine 1/2 tablespoons loose leaf Earl Grey tea and 1 cup unsalted butter. Melt the butter over medium-low heat, using a heatproof rubber spatula to swirl the butter around to ensure even melting. Once the butter is completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a fine-mesh sieve over the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer and strain the tea leaves from the butter, using the rubber spatula to press gently on the tea leaves to get as much butter as possible. Discard the tea leaves and allow the infused butter to cool to room temperature or closeish.
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 (F). Prepare a 13 x 9-inch cake by spraying with cooking spray and lining the bottom with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray as well.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoons dried lavender, 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.
- Add 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon light corn syrup to the freestanding electric mixer bowl containing the tea-infused butter (from the 1st step). Fit your stand mixer with a paddle attachment and cream the butter, sugar and corn syrup on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Whisk together 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons sour cream, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a liquid measuring cup, before pouring into the creamed butter and beating until smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and continue mixing until smooth.
- Turn the mixer on its lowest speed and add the dry ingredients (from the 3rd step) in three batches. Mix the dry ingredients until just incorporated, before adding the next batch. Once the dry ingredients have been mixed in, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl before mixing for another 15 seconds.
- Scrape the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. It will seem like it's too thick, but spread it evenly across the pan with the offset icing spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake bounces back when gently prodded with your finger. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool completely before using the cookie cutters to stamp out the mini cakes and petit fours.
For the Lemon and White Chocolate Ganache:
- First, bloom the gelatin. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin over the surface of 1 1/2 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl. Let sit for 2-5 minutes, until the gelatin softens or "blooms".
- Put 5.5 ounces finely chopped white chocolate in a medium, heatproof bowl and set aside.
- Combine 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat the mixture just until it boils, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the bloomed gelatin until it is completely dissolved. Pour the cream over the white chocolate. Use a heatproof rubber spatula to stir the mixture in one direction, concentrating on the center, until the ganache is smooth and glistening. Add 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter and stir until the butter is completely melted. Once the butter is completely melted, add lemon zest and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and stir. Allow the ganache to set in the coolest part of our kitchen, stirring occasionally to release heat. It will seem like it's too thin, but it will thicken as it cools — be sure to use when it's still spreadable, about 45 minutes to 1 hour after you've made it."
MY NOTES/THOUGHTS ON THIS RECIPE:
- I don't own a fancy sieve (is there such a thing?) so I had to use one of our flour sack towels. It worked GREAT! Everything strained nicely and there were no tea leaves in the batter. Go flour sack towels! Pretty and functional. Here is a fancy one.
- Accidental consumption of a lavender petal happened before being baked, and it was surprisingly not bad. I was intrigued.
- This recipe is a little messy. I like to clean while I'm working, and I found that harder to do for this one. There's a lot of stovetop work!
- Gelatin smells bad. I thought I smelled something funky while it was blossoming and then when I put it to the heat, YOWZA.
- Tad woke up from his nap in the middle of me making the ganache, so it turned out not as well as it could have. I also didn't chop the chocolate or butter because I was rushing. Whatever! It worked out well enough.
- The ganache did not sit on top of my cakes like it did on hers, it did turn into a glaze, which is fine! It tastes freaking delicious. I feel like I'm on Downton Abbey eating this cake. The tea flavoring is very noticeable!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I did!