Not everyone has time to slave away in the kitchen for hours to make a perfectly ‘from scratch’ cake. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want something pretty to serve up on special occasions (birthdays, Easter, weddings, housewarmings) or for no reason at all.
So, for all of us out there that want the WOW factor without the fuss, try this semi-homemade cake idea. It combines something simple that literally anyone can pull off (aka boxed cake mix) with something a bit more special (aka homemade lavender glaze) AND fresh flowers.
We started with a 5 layer cake that was lightly crumb coated. The cake layers were created with a regular box mix and separated out in 6 inch spring form cake pans. Once cooled, and leveled, add icing in between each layer as you stack them. Then crumb coat. You can see how Anissa did the crumb coating right here in a quick video she made.
Once done, it’s time for the lavender glaze…
Lavender Glaze Recipe
- 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender
- 2 1/2 cups of powered sugar
- purple food coloring
Place your cake on a cake stand (or whatever you plan to serve it from) because once you start the glazing process it will be hard to move.
Next, pour heavy whipping cream into a small sauce pan and stir on low heat.
Add lavender, stir, and let the lavender steep for about 5 – 8 minutes. The longer you let the lavender steep the stronger it will be.
In another bowl, sift your powered sugar, and set aside.
Once your lavender mixture is ready, strain it, and add it to the powdered sugar bowl. Whisk until well combined, if you still see lumps just strain the glaze again.
Then, with a spatula in hand, pour the mixture on top of the cake and spread it across the top and allow the lavender glaze to fall over the sides of the cake.
If you start to see holes or wish to have lager drips just take a spoon and add more glaze to that area.
Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think of floral flavors in cakes? Yay or nay? Would love to hear your thoughts.