You don't always need a reason to eat a slice of cake. I surely didn't when I chowed down on a slice of cake just because it was Wednesday afternoon. Sometimes a delightful, simple cake is all you need to turn an ordinary afternoon into a little mid-week celebration. While many cake recipes are dripping with sprinkles and drowning in caramel and chocolate, sometimes less really is more. With fresh, clean flavors, this cake is the kind of cake to enjoy any time or day. Now that we are in full-fledge Spring/Summer mode, I've been so inspired by fresh-cut flowers and refreshing flavors. The cruise ships have started making their rounds into the harbor and the days are already getting longer. I wanted to create a light and fresh cake to enjoy on warm, spring afternoons, and this Lemon Lavender Buttermilk Cake might just be what sunshine tastes like.
This lemony, buttermilk cake is very light and fluffy. With a crumb so delicate, I wanted to pair it with fillings and frostings that would not weigh it down. I gave the cake layers themselves a nice soak of lavender simple syrup before layering them with silky, lavender buttercream. Instead of a heavy frosting, a sweet, lemon glaze was all this cake needed. This is the type of cake I imagine snacking on while chatting with friends over tea on a sunny afternoon.
Head on over to The Cake Blog for the entire recipe!