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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Almond Lavender Cake


Ingredients:2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers, divided
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup half-and-half cream
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons boiling water
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Additional dried lavender flowers, optional

Directions:
Grease a 10-in. fluted tube pan and sprinkle with sugar; set aside. Place 1/2 cup sugar, the almonds and 1 tablespoon lavender in a food processor; cover and process until finely ground.
In a large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy; beat in almond mixture until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream and half-and-half. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beating well after each addition.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

For drizzle, in a small bowl, combine water and remaining lavender. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain, discarding lavender. In another small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough infused water to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over cake. Garnish with additional lavender if desired.

Yield: 12 servings.

~~Taste of Home, Aug/Sept 2008~~

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