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Chocolate Lavender Cake


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Ingredients

Cake:
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. dried lavender
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 egg whites
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Syrup:
1/3 cup dried lavender
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water


Preheat oven at 350 degrees.


Bring milk and lavender to a boil in a small saucepan.


Let steep.


Strain.


Discard lavender.


Set milk aside.


Cream butter and sugar, then add lavender milk, baking powder, salt, egg whites, and vanilla extract; stir.


Blend in cocoa and flour.


Pour into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes.


Let cool.


For Syrup:


Combine lavender, sugar, and water in small saucepan.


Bring to boil.


Boil until syrup thickens.


Cool and strain.


Discard lavender.


Cake Assembly:


Level each cake by carving off extra on top. With a pastry brush (or spoon) coat each layer with 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup lavender syrup.


Let cake soak up syrup.


Top one layer with fudge icing, then assemble one layer on top of another; ice in more fudge. Decorate any way that's pretty. :)


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Notes

Adapted from RedVelvetCafe.com

Backstory:

Lavender is awesome. Chocolate is awesome. This cake smells heavenly when it's baking--like calming flowers with an edge of chocolatey sweetness.

I gave it to the girl that used to live at my house, and she said it was the best cake she'd ever tasted.

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