I had the pleasure of hosting my girlfriend’s bridal shower last weekend. It was an intimate affair, with seven of us for a ladies-only afternoon tea at my apartment. I set the table for tea on the patio, so we could take advantage of the perfect weather – a beautiful, warm summer’s day with just enough of a breeze to keep everyone cool.
The theme – Alice in Wonderland Tea Party!
I had such fun planning décor, a menu and games around the Alice theme – we played croquet! Invitations were custom-made and purchased online from a vendor at Etsy.com. My friend Elise’s astounding artistic talents were employed for a gorgeous custom ‘unbridal’ shower banner. I baked up a storm the night before including a fabulous new recipe I found online for Lavender Tea Cake, plus my tried and true scone recipe.
The lavender tea cake came together so nicely and was very well received, so I wanted to share the recipe. Enjoy!
Lavender Tea Cake
1 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain fat-free or lowfat yogurt
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh lavender leaves
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla at medium speed until well-blended. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beat well after each addition. Sift flour and carefully measure. Combine the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stir well. (I often sift again) Add flour the mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in lavender. Pour the batter into an 8-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients. Spread on the warm cake. Cool in pan 20 minutes on a wire rack before removing from the pan. To serve slice thinly and present on a pretty platter.