Monday, April 19, 2010

Lavender Orange Tea Cake

I picked up some cooking lavender at the Halifax Farmers Market a few weekends back. It was my plan to make some sort of shortbread cookie with it, but I decided to make a tea cake with it instead.

I figured it would be best to use applesauce since it doesn't have a strong flavor, and orange zest to play off the lavender. I was a little worried that it might taste like perfume, but it only has a slight hint of flowers. I also added a sucanat sugar crumble to the top. I think I would infuse the milk with a bit more lavender next time, but this turned out moist and light perfect to go with a hot cup of tea.

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp dried cooking lavender

Heat the milk and lavender up, and steep for at least 10 minutes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp clove powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup veggie oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 orange zested and juiced
  • 2 tsp dried lavender


  • 1/4 cup organic sucanat sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp earth balance

In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
In a small mixing bowl combine wet ingredients, including infused milk
Pour wet into dry and stir until combined.
In a greased loaf pan pour mixture in.
In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and mix up with fingers until resmebles course crumbs
Spread the topping mixture over the batter and bake in a 350 oven for 40-50 minutes or until done.


  1. Now that is an interesting combination, I would never have thought of Lavender, I would love to see what the tea cake tasted like...
    thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. This sounds wonderful (lavender & orange-yum). I love the photo too. You know, I like vegan cakes better than regular ones. I wish more people knew how good & easy vegan baking is!

  3. I've been looking for the perfect lavender cake to make for my little ones 5th bday this weekend. Do you think it would work ina cake pan instead of a loaf pan?!?! Ideas for a simple frosting?!?! She wants a lavender cake and a raw pie. I'm going to make a strawberry raw pie. :)

  4. MoonMama... I don't know if it is birthday cakey enough? Is it a bit more dense then I would like to use for a birthday cake, but I think you could steep the lavender in water or milk when you make the cake, I find that it brings out the essence of the flower better. Frosting...hmmm? I would probably get a bottle of orange blossom water and incorporate that into a vegan butter cream icing. You could also candy some orange rind and use it for garnish?

  5. Yes! Orange blossom in the icing...good idea. I did that with rose water once and it was divine. I'll let you know what I end up making....

  6. Love the the taste of lavender. This makes a great vegan dessert.

  7. I love the idea of lavender in the recipe! Beautiful cake; lovely blog I have bookmarked it to return for inspiration.
    Thank you :)

  8. This recipe is so great for summer! Lavender is such a great ingredient.

    I'd love it if you shared this awesome recipe (and perhaps any others!) with our online community!