LAVENDER MASCARPONE CAKE… & a Thank You Cards Giveaway

“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.”
Author Unknown

I changed my blog header 2 days ago with pictures of my birthday cake. How ambitious of me when I thought I’d post the recipe alongside. 2 days have zipped by & I am still struggling with my thoughts. Time, or the lack of it, is to blame, but I got a couple of emails this morning conveying how ‘torturous’ it was not to find the recipe posted and just pictures! Then my dear tweetbuddy Yogalili tweeted…
@vindee waiting as patient as a spider for the lavender cake post……
& again…
@vindee Get thee to thy master’s lair…your grace!!! I be a hungry lavender lovin minyon!!
…so here I am!

 

(You have to see the picture of the cake Yogalili made soon after.
It’s at the bottom of this post. She is brilliant!!)
Was my birthday a couple of days ago, and an opportunity to bake another cake. The boy tried very hard to convince me that they would ‘buy’ me a cake, “Mama it’s you birthday, watch TV all day!”…Ultimate comfort in his eyes??? LOL, he’s never seen me plonked in front of the TV, so he figured that might be some sort of ultimate luxury for his darling mother. He’s been at home for the past 2 weeks as his class in school is shut with 8 cases of H1N1, and it never seems to end. All he sees me do is racing from here to there like a headless chicken, with the odd whinge thrown in!
So much to do & so little time! But I always find time to do what I want to, so what if it kills me, so cake I had to bake. Was thinking coffee but alongside was toying with the idea of lavender in a cake. How would it be? Actually Shaheen @ Purple Foodie had very large heartedly mailed me half her stash of lavender some time back, with some more goodies. The bag included a cherry pitter (yes, Jamie, a leap out of stone-age for moi), some interesting spice mixes, a muffin book & a box of sprinkles! Sweet isn’t she, this Purple foodie? That bag of lavender was calling my name, and it finally helped me chart a path to my birthday cake.

Finally settled for a light fatless sponge, sandwiched and frosted with lavender mascarpone. Made some marzipan flowers from left over home made marzipan from my Cinnamon Buttercream Autumn Cake here, which won me a beautiful cake decorating book from the Ivonne & Lis from the Daring Kitchen! This was my first time making roses, following a step by step tutorial from beautiful cake book by Peggy Porschen’s Pretty Party Cakes.

My flowers weren’t as smooth for 2 reasons. One I think is that store bought marzipan is smoother so gives a better end product, and secondly as Peggy says in her book, with practice the roses get better & better. I was quite happy with my first attempt. I even hand cut the leaves, and maked the veins on them from a great tutorial that Alice from Savoury Sweet Life posted here. Do stop by & see her absolutely gorgeous cake … it’s a piece of art!!
This lavender mascarpone cake was a delicious departure from chocolate. Soothing as lavender is said to be, it was elegant & subtly flavoured. Lavender married the mascarpone sensuosuly, like they were meant to be together. My only regret was that I should have increased the amount of cream on the frosting. My recipe reflects the increased amount…
Lavender Mascarpone Cake
Ingredients:

5 eggs (250gms)
100gms flour (half the weight of the eggs, including the cornflour)
2 tbsps cornflour
1tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
100gms sugar(less than half the weight of the eggs)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Purple food colour, optional
Filling/Topping
600gm mascarpone (homemade recipe here)
200ml cream (25% fat, that’s all we get here)
1/2 tsp lavender
3-4 Tbsp icing sugar for filling
2 tbsp sugar ground with 1/4 tsp lavender seeds for topping
Food colour

Method:
For the sponge
Preheat oven to 190C , reduced to 180C after 10 mins of putting the cake in. Grease and line a 8″ springform cake tin.
Sift the flour + baking powder + salt 3 times.
Beat the eggs and sugar well with hand beater till very thick ribbon falls and holds in place for at least 5 seconds (beat for approx 10mins). Add vanilla extract & beat for 1 min.
Gently fold in the sifted flour; mix lightly so that air doesn’t escape.
Turn gently into tin and bake for 30-35 mins till done. Don’t overbake or sponge will be dry.
Once done, remove from tin after 5 mins and leave on rack to cool completely. Cut horizontally into 3 layers.Filling:
To flavour mascarpone, stir the lavender into 1/4 cup mascarpone & leave to infuse overnight.
Whip 400ml mascarpone with 4tbs powdered sugar until thick and holds peaks.
Place the bottom most layer of the sponge on your serving platter, spread half the lavender cream on it. Repeat with next 2 layers. Topping:
Whip remaining 200gm mascarpone with 200ml chilled cream and lavender sugar till holds peaks.
Reserve 1-2 tbsps for piping on top. Frost cake top & sides with rest. Put sponge fingers as a border if you like. Top with marzipan flowers. Chill well before serving.

♥ Thank you for stopping by ♥

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My birthday was made even better by this sweet Delhi blogger, Nachiketa, who came along to wish me with a Coffee Tiramisu that she made especially for me. Drop-dead gorgeous cake, delicious & full of my beloved coffee, and beautiful flowers too. Thank you Nach… the cake was perfect in every way & so me…!

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Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs.

Disclosure : I will be receiving fifty (50) thank you cards from UPrinting.com for hosting this giveaway.

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Am adding a picture of the cake Yogalili made soon after I blogged my recipe. My son’s immediate reaction… “Wow, will she give it to us? I want it now!!”…

Thank you YL; you are a ‘dream’ student, sponge fingers & all !!


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Comments

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Just simply stunning! I love it's refined looks and dainty decorations!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. The Cooking Ninja says:

    Awesome! So beautiful! Wish I could have a slice of your delicious cake. I was drooling over my laptop, how silly is that.

  3. Dragon says:

    Lovely, lovely cake!

    I would use the custom cards to create invitations for one of my seven deadly sins dinner. I'd want something in black, red and gold. Deliciously sinful. :)

  4. Poornima Nair says:

    Thats a gorgeous cake Deeba. Hope you had a great birthday, Belated wishes!

  5. Kathleen says:

    Deeba I just found your blog and I LOVE it. I mail ordered a fairly large bag of cooking grade lavender and have yet to do anything with it!! Now I know how I'll be using it. Thank you for sharing and nice to meet you!

  6. Happy cook says:

    First of all Belated b'day wishes dear Deeba.
    The cake is just beautiful, i am not a huge fan of lavender, but i love the look of this cake and the colour.
    I am sure gonna make one day one your superb beautiful looking cake.
    I have never made one.

  7. Asha @ FSK says:

    AH! finally the cake is here :)) great to see it and as always its gorgeous!

  8. Happy cook says:

    Deeba was going through the recipe, you write half the amount of flour to the egg.
    Egg is 250 gm
    And the flour is 100 gm, so should i use 100 or 125

  9. Federica says:

    splendida questa torta! mi piace moltissimo il tuo blog!! complimenti!

  10. Wow that cake is simply a work of art, it is just gorgeous!! I have a bunch of lovely dried lavender buds but never think to use them, I may have to try this cake!

  11. oh this is just a stunning looking cake Deeba!

  12. Bellini Valli says:

    Happy Birthday amigo. With all there is to do so glad you found some time to celebrate, even if you weren't in front of the television. Your roses are beautiful and lavender one of my favourite garden flowers.

  13. You never ceaze to amaze me with your flavor combinations, and of course, the artwork on your cakes! Happy Belated B'day gal!:)

    as for the cards, this is our first Holiday season with my little angel, so would love to send out Thank You cards with a cute family pic, and her palm print initials:)

  14. foodie ffanatic says:

    I know I'm repeating others' comments, but the cake is stunning! I can't believe you haven't been making flowers forever – they are gorgeous.

    If I were to win the thank you cards, I would gift them to my daughter. She is very concientious about sending hand written notes to thank people and is teaching her children to do the same. It's practically a lost art these days.

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway. (My birthday was just two days ago, but I bet I'm older than you!)

  15. Katrina says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Man you're good. ;)

  16. Barbara Bakes says:

    It really is a fabulously elegant cake! I hope your new year is filled with wonderful surprises!

  17. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Just gorgeous, Deeba! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and I think your roses are lovely already.

  18. Alicia (The Red Deer) says:

    Happy birthday! Your lavender cake looks gorgeous (as always) and the marzipan roses are wonderful too.

  19. Nachiketa says:

    Happy Birthday….. Deeba :-)

    The cards are such a wonderful idea… Would love to send them to all the people who we forget to thank for our good life…. will write out one for god, Mom and My Grand Parents for helping me shape my world…

    It was so nice to spend time with you

    Cappuccino Tiramisu Cheesecake ~Happy Birthday, Baking Queen ~ Deeba

  20. Anushruti says:

    Looks so gorgeous! Especially love the icing on the cake.

  21. sunita says:

    Beautiful cake Deeba; I have made roses before, but that was with fondant. For your first try, you've done a great job. I'm sure you had a wonderful birthday :-)

  22. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    I was just looking at the lavender chicken parfait on Dirty Kitchen Secrets and now here we have lavender dessert! This has got to be the prettiest cake I have seen in a long while. Those sponge fingers around the edge really fit in with the style of it. The flowers look great, I would make a ham-fisted mess of those I'm suree.

  23. MeetaK says:

    a cake start – that's what you are. the roses look great and what a lovely flavorful cake. just gorgeous!

  24. Chow and Chatter says:

    Happy birthday girl what a lovely cake wow 8 cases at his school hope they all get well soon love rebecca

  25. Gloria says:

    Deeba!!!! Happy beated birthday!! I send you huggs and kisses dear.
    You are a very special friend to me!
    And your cake is absolutely awesome is perfect!! I love marzipan roses and I use lavender to bake too, is nice, all is beauty and perfect, a big hugg!!! gloria

  26. Natashya KitchenPuppies says:

    Your cakes are so beautiful, you have a real gift.

  27. Amanda says:

    Every time I visit and think you have posted the most gorgeous thing ever, you top it the next post! Amazing!

  28. Parita says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Deeba! The cake looks gorgeous, blend of wonderful flavors!

  29. Curry Leaf says:

    Gorgeous Cake.Belated B'Day wishes.Never ever tried lavender.Can't take my eyes off the cake.GORGEOUS

  30. zurin says:

    What a sweet n pretty cake Deeba. N happy belated birthday to you! A Lavender cake sounds just so very pretty and fragile.and it certainly looks it.

    Love the roses and leaves. I learnt making sugar roses from a book too. And practise does indeed make perfect. but of course yours look beautiful already.

  31. Barbara says:

    That is an elegant, feminine cake, Deeba. Happy Belated Birthday to you!
    Your roses are perfect!

  32. meeso says:

    Beautiful, lavender and mascarpone… I would choose mascarpone over creme cheese any day!

  33. Veggie Belly says:

    what a beautiful use of lavender!

  34. Arwen from Hoglet K says:

    I love you handmade roses! I haven't cooked with lavender before, but I've been looking at a recipe for lavender and honey icecream and wondering how it would turn out. I hope you had a great birthday!

  35. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    The decoration is so lovely – you really are masterful, Deeba. :)

  36. A_and_N says:

    OMG, Deeba. You've moved from just being an expert to a master. Such passion and such creativity. Love it.

  37. Steph says:

    Deeba, that is just absolutely beautiful! I love your style. It's simple yet elegant. Sometimes when I try decorating with flowers, I get a little overboard and the cake looks overwhelmed. Love the mascarpone frosting!!

    I've never had lavender in a cake and would love to give it a try… once I find lavender first though!

  38. The Purple Foodie says:

    I was waiting for this post! I was wondering why the photos in the header changed and there wasn't any now I know! You make me blush with all those things you said about me. I'm so happy the lavender was a part of your birthday. xoxo

  39. Happy Belated birthday. Your cake looks fabulous and your roses too. For incredible, silky marzipan try the recipe in the Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
    Mimi

  40. LaDue & Crew says:

    It was interesting, my dear friend, that Lavender has such an amazing soothing quality, it has even spilled forth onto your photos… giving me peace and tranquility, not caring a tad bid about the drool down my chin and onto my desk… I would have to therefore use the cards to Thank you for a delicious moment of relaxation, and for becoming my most fav laundry sharing sista ;-)

  41. Pavithra says:

    BElated wishes Deeba.. the cake is gorgeous , awesome flavour of lavander. Marzipan roses look so pretty.

  42. Sophie says:

    Happy Bitrhday, deeba! Your lavender georgous cake looks absolutely fabulous!!

    You are surely the master in baking!!

    MMMMMMMM,…

  43. shanthi says:

    Belated wishes deeba and congrats on being featured in EC. The cakes and flowers are awesome

  44. Audax says:

    Happy B'day to you and your cake looks so beautiful I would be afraid to cut into it (only for a moment I think LOL LOL) and those roses are so elegant and goregous you really out did yourself. And congrats on winning the cake decoration comp your cake was so good. Bravo on a wonderous result. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

  45. SE(Denufood) says:

    Hey Deeba..first time here and came through EC's blog..my goodness you have such a wonderful space and with all those cakes..yummy..& a very happy birthday to you !!!

  46. That is a GORGEOUS cake! Wish the cake I'd made for my birthday was that pretty or delicious. Seriously enchanting colors, it looks magic!

  47. glamah16 says:

    That was a gorgeous cake. See how you inspire us all!

  48. Kerstin says:

    Happy Birthday!! That is a gorgeous cake, and so perfect for your blog header! I'm completely impressed, as usual :)

  49. Elenka says:

    That is just beautiful!!! wow.
    Your photography is also stunning.

  50. Cakelaw says:

    Such a pretty cake – happy birthday Deeba!

  51. Proud Italian Cook says:

    Happy Birthday Dear Deeba, Your talent is amazing!

  52. Madhuli says:

    Lovely cake..was waiting for the recipe even though I don't have lavender..gorgeous!

  53. Helene says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! How exciting that you made such a beautiful cake. Simply stunning.

  54. Sunshinemom says:

    I just saw that cake in Nachiketa's blog! Happy belated birthday wishes and may you keep enjoying more such birthdays and continue to inspire more people!

  55. Twinsy Rachel says:

    Hi Deeba:

    Belated Birthday Wishes!!! The cake is gorgeous and awesome(as always)… Loved the marzipan roses too. The sponge fingers add a style to the cake. Also congrats on winning the book..God Bless You in the New Year

  56. Bertha says:

    Happy belated birthday!
    I LOVE anything with mascarpone and this sounds too lovely :)

  57. Aparna says:

    I know I've already sid Happy Birthday and told you your cake looks gorgeous, But I am saying it just once more. :)

  58. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful cake, Deeba. You out-do yourself every time! Lavender is my favorite fragrance – I use lavender-scented room freshners, I put some essence in my eye pillow, and it is a color that I prefer to wear too. I never imagined it in a cake until now!

    As for the cards, I volunteer at a hospital once a week. Since Xmas is not too far, I will bake Xmas cookies, put them in small gift bags, tag these Thank You cards to them, and gift them to the patients I meet there.

  59. i love LAVENDER, as sunita might have realized at the BBC good food show. lol ;) what a beautiful bday cake. this might be something my mum might like as she doesnt like my chocolate cakes or anything i bake for her for her bday. lol

    happy belated. i shall be working at your present on friday ;) xxx

  60. Thanks a lot Deeba for posting the beautiful recipe!!! The more i look at the recipe (& ofcourse at pictures), more and more yummy the cake seems to be!!!!

  61. Shabs.. says:

    Belated Birthday wishes to u from my side deeba…..Ur cake- I am speechless….The most amazing thing in ur cookery is u cook where the supply of cooking goods are limmited and u utilise it th emaximum possible way…..You are a gorgeous baker.

  62. pigpigscorner says:

    It's BEAUTIFUL! Happy belated birthday!

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  64. telecommande xbox 360 says:

    This cake is amazing! Makes me want to get out there and get to a baking class asap! I want one like that too for my Birthday bash! Keep up the great work!

  65. Karol Eddleman says:

    Just ran across your blog, man this is an amazing site, loved the read. gonna keep checking out your new stuff. thanks

  66. Such a lovely cake!
    Been a silent reader and awe-struck admirer. I am an amateur baker and have not ventured into using food colours, as yet.
    Do you use the food colour gel, Deeba? Or does the powder suffice?
    If you do use gel, where do you get it from?

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