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Almond Lavender Cake Recipe

Almond Lavender Cake Recipe

This eye-catching, moist cake has a terrific buttery texture and a lovely lavender flavor. It's a top-notch example of a great lavender recipe. —Lillian K. Julow, Gainesville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Grease a 10-in. fluted tube pan and sprinkle with sugar; set aside. Place 1/2 cup sugar, almonds and 1 tablespoon lavender in a food processor; cover and process until finely ground.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
Editor's Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 493 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

Reviews for Almond Lavender Cake

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StaceyAR User ID: 4547801 226115
Reviewed May. 9, 2015

"Moist cake, but I thought the lavender flavor was very strong and overpowered."

katie_kat246 User ID: 7971485 86915
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"Loved this cake, it was a big hit! The lavender flavor was very nice and not too overpowering. I lessened the total sugar called for to 1 1/2 cup in favor of my diabetic father and it was great. Am going to print out a copy and give it to our neighbor who loved it too.

P.S. I found my jar of lavender in the food section of Marshalls!"

gkostova04 User ID: 7146079 172861
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"I am a bit disappointed by the recipe. It was a very moist cake, but other than that it was way too sweet and I couldn't notice the lavender flavor."

yodilee User ID: 7328053 90804
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"I fed this to a room of extremely skeptical martial artists and they devoured it all!"

Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 140972
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"I found lavender in bulk at Whole Foods. What a fun change of pace! This cake took second place in a local pound cake contest."

ckarenfriend User ID: 1908128 103954
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"I really just have a question. Could this be made using lavender oil instead of flowers?"

Sunshineandlucy User ID: 5788487 112503
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"This cake was moist and the lavender didn't overwhelm the flavor. just a hint. I can't wait for my friends to try it. Texture was perfect"

autumvaught User ID: 2059000 209783
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"I have made this cake a couple of times now and it is always a hit! It has a very light floral flavor, but not over powering. It is hard to find lavender in stores, so last year I dried some that I picked from my father-in-laws garden. It turned out wonderful! This is the perfect cake for spring and stands out from the usual spring desserts!"

autumvaught User ID: 2059000 158480
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"I made this for my grandmothers birthday. It was a big hit. It has a very refreshing flavor. You can really taste the lavendar when you breathe in. It's wonderful for spring and summer! I love this cake!"

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