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oh july 11th we had a huge family get together. several brithdays to celebrate,one being my herbal accomplice aka eric, my second brother,( i have three!) the picture is taken after everyone attacked it but you can see how i decorated it with lemon balm leaves, beebalm, dianthas, lavender and other flowers. here is the recipe, it rocked!
cake ingredients
1/3 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
glaze ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lavender
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
heat the oven to 325 degrees. grease a 9 by 5 by 3 inch loaf pan. cream the butter and sugar until soft. add the eggs one at a time, beating until smooth. add the rind and lavender. combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing lightly with a spoon. add the dry ingredients and the milk into the creamed mixture, alternating in two or three pours. beat until just mixed. don’t over beat. pour batter into greased loaf pan and smooth top with a knife. bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
toward the end of the baking period, combine glaze ingredients in a small pan, bruising the lavender between your fingers before adding it. bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and when the sugar is dissolved, remove from stove. when the cake is done, remove it from the oven and prick the top of the loaf all over with a toothpick. pour the glaze slowly over the top of the loaf until all of it is absorbed. when the loaf cools a little, remove from pan. it’s best to let it sit for 10-12hours before slicing!
enjoy! hugs 🙂

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