Once in awhile you find a cake that is almost too elegant to just serve to your teenagers. Almost. I had a bottle of lavender extract I had been dying to use in a chocolate cake for some time and last week just seemed like the perfect time. I used an old cake recipe I’ve used time and time again. You know, that one you turn to because it’s perfectly rich, moist and chocolaty and always comes out perfect? Instead of the vanilla bean paste I usually put in it, I chose the lavender extract this time. It gave it such a wonderful floral hint and was absolutely delicious.
I chose a basic buttercream frosting for the top, because it needed something simple and not over powering. I will tell you that this cake would be perfectly delicious WITHOUT the frosting and it’s not needed, but the lavender extract gives the frosting a little something that is just very special.
Admist the ooohs and ahhhs, the cake was gone quickly and it was voted a favorite!