Strawberry Lavender Cake
It’s my birthday today and I made myself a birthday cake! A Strawberry Lavender Cake to be precise.
Apparently you are not supposed to make yourself a birthday cake but I wanted to and there was no stopping me. Who makes these rules anyway? Here was an opportunity to make myself whatever I want without worrying whether people will like it because it’s my cake. Like this strawberry lavender cake; a great flavor combination.
This cake is straight up from my cake crush; Sweetapolita and I’ve had it at the back of my mind for months. Honestly, all her cakes are on my to-bake list. Like this chocolate marshmallow cake. But I digress. This strawberry lavender cake starts with a wonderfully moist vanilla buttermilk cake that is filled with a whipped vanilla mascarpone filling & strawberry and lavender compote and then topped with whipped lavender frosting. It’s a mouthful, I know but it’s just as amazing as it sounds!! Let me break it down for you.
First, there is a light, airy yet very moist cake. Rosie (Sweetapolita) uses an interesting mixing technique in making this cake. She adds cold butter to the dry ingredients and mixes to create a cornmeal consistency before mixing in the wet ingredients and this makes a light and fluffier buttermilk cake. The cake is filled with vanilla whipped cream, which is a perfect match for strawberries. I added mascarpone cheese to this for more richness and a little tartness. In addition to the whipped cream, the cake is also filled with a fresh strawberry, lemon and lavender compote that is sweet and full of summer flavors. Finally, a perfectly sweet whipped vanilla lavender frosting tops it all. Lavender is a beautiful flavor and if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do soon. It’s my first time baking with it and I don’t know why it took me this long.
I am not a big fan of birthdays to be honest. I hate being the center of attention and despite my love of presents, I don’t throw birthday parties! My wedding took lots and lots of effort to walk out and be stared down…yikes! Anyway, I let my husband host two dinner parties for me this weekend and I resisted the urge to be involved in any of the planning except making this cake and some cupcakes I’ll share later. Thanks to the great presents, I survived both parties! Oh I got a camera fund started by my friends. I am almost ready to shop for a DSLR!! I can’t wait.
Recipe: From Sweetapolita
– The only change I made was adding mascarpone cheese (1/3 cup) to the vanilla whipped cream filling at the end.
Here is a look at the aftermath of this beauty.