Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut CakesMini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

 I spent the majority of this week doing a whole heap of nothing. I made everyday trips to the grocery store (I’ve quite liked buying my ingredients based on daily whim lately), visited the movies twice (I cannot fathom getting through this awards season without having viewed all the potential winners), watched several inspiring crime documentaries, read books, drank tea on my couch and finally got back into my French lessons.

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut CakesNow to some, this might sound like an incredibly dull week… but to me it’s perfect. There is nothing more I cherish than alone time. Oh, and a few days ago I also baked these Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes…just because it was a sunshine filled Monday morning, which itself is enough cause for celebration.

I’ve been on a little bit of a floral kick lately. I’ve discovered some sort of strange pathological obsession and delicious desire to put flowers into almost everything I eat – in my breakfasts, dinners, drinks and of course, into my baked goods. The key though to using flowers in cooking is to keep the addition small and subtle… too much and it can quickly turn into an overpowering storm of flavour.Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut CakesMini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

 

This floral discovery has opened an entire new door to how I perceive and interact with food.  

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes are incredibly moist, light and have a gentle flavour due to the addition of lavender buds both to the batter and infused in the sugar. These cakes though, are neither too perfumed nor overwhelming due to the combination of lavender and warm nuttiness from hazelnut meal.

Champagne is also generously glazed over the cake too, making it very moist… and deliciously boozy. Seriously though, the moistness and light, fluffy crumb of this cake cannot be overstated enough.

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut CakesMini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

To make these mini cakes, I adapted a decadent champagne-soaked butter cake recipe from Michelle // Hummingbird High– which turned out near perfect. I then baked the cake in a sheet pan and stamped out circles using cookie cutters. I stacked the mini cake rounds three layers high and filled them with a champagne and vanilla bean buttercream. For the final touch, I piped a decorative rose on top for garnish. Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut CakesMini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

This is the sort of post where editing is really hard because I start to terribly crave these delicious mini cakes all over again. Sweetly scented, these delicate Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes are utterly delicious, and arguably, can be considered my new favourite cake – I have a feeling you will feel the same.

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes
 
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Serves: 3 Mini Layer Cakes
Ingredients
For the lavender sugar:
  • 2 tbsp. culinary lavender buds
  • 2 cups caster sugar
For the lavender, champagne and hazelnut cake:
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup hazelnut meal
  • 1 tbsp. culinary lavender buds
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup + 6 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups lavender sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 6 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup crème fraiche
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla essence
  • ½ cup champagne
For the champagne and vanilla buttercream:
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp. champagne
  • Red and blue food colouring
Instructions
For the lavender sugar:
  1. In a food processor, blitz together the lavender buds and sugar until well combined. Set aside until needed.
For the lavender, champagne and hazelnut cake:
  1. Preheat an oven to 180 C / 350 F. Grease and line a 35 x 30 cm / 14 x 12 inch roasting tray (or large baking sheet pan/cake tin). Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnut meal, lavender and sea salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with electric beaters, beat together the butter, sugar and honey on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 5 minutes. While the mixture is beating, in a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, crème fraiche and vanilla. After the butter and sugar has finished beating and become light and fluffy, lower the speed and add the liquid egg mixture and beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and combine until the batter is uniform and smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread and level it. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake slab is firm in the centre and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before inverting onto a wire rack and levelling the top, bottom and sides to remove any browned crust. Once the cake is levelled, gently soak it with the champagne, cover closely with cling wrap and refrigerate to cool for a couple of hours or overnight.
  4. To assemble the mini cakes, use 5 to 7 cm / 2 to 3 inch cookie cutters to stamp out the cake circles. Then stack up the cakes, 3 layers high and sandwich with a bit of buttercream and top with a piped rose or desired garnishes.
For the champagne and vanilla buttercream:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the icing sugar and beat well to combine. Mix in the vanilla essence and champagne. At a time, add a drop of both blue and red food colouring to dye the icing until it reaches a lavender purple shade. If you want to pipe a rose on top the cakes, the buttercream will need to be quite thick and stiff, so if it is too soft, add a table of icing sugar at a time.

 

Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes

87 Comments

  • Reply Eden Passante May 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    These are so adorable!! Those flavors sound amazing together too!

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  • Reply Jamie July 11, 2015 at 12:23 am

    So, I have made this twice now, once for Mothers Day (US) and tonight, but I feel dumb having to ask when to mix in the champagne and how much in the batter step. There’s a mention of using the remaining champagne to pour over the cake for the 2-hour to overnight soaking and cooling phase. Um, remaining champagne from….?

    The first time, I simply poured the entire half cup over the cake for the soak and cool phase, but this time, while the cake is in the oven…I must ask! Please help.

    • Reply thalia July 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Use the champagne to soak the baked cake. Do not put it the un-baked batter. Hope that helps.

      • Reply Jamie Winkelman July 12, 2015 at 3:32 am

        Oh, so glad I guessed right on both counts! It has turned out deliciously both times. We are as actually sitting down for some tonight. Thanks so much…you’re a genius! <3

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  • Reply Kaliyana March 8, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Absolutely love this idea! However, I have someone in the household who is allergic to nuts. Is there anything else I can substitute in for the same consistency?

  • Reply Mayra March 1, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    These cute cakes look amazing!
    I can’t buy creme fraiche where I live. Can I sub for heavy cream?

    • Reply thalia March 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Sure, or you could make it yourself using heavy cream and buttermilk

  • Reply sara February 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Soooo cute! Love love love.

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    These cakes are so lovely, I adore the mini size!

  • Reply Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts January 31, 2015 at 1:50 am

    These look amazing. I will have to try these.
    Cakes and champagne what could be better 🙂

  • Reply Maryanne @ the little epicurean January 26, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    These are absolutely lovely! 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra January 25, 2015 at 5:08 am

    These are absolutely adorable and sound delicious! What a great combination of flavors!

  • Reply MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog January 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I really have been a sucker for lavender lately. I had a cupcake that was to die for a few months ago. These are almost too pretty to eat!

    MB

  • Reply Alexa @ Sweet Little Kitchen January 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    These are so, so pretty! I got a jar of culinary lavender from my parents for Christmas and I’ve been waiting for a wonderful recipe to use some of it – and I think I’ve found one!

  • Reply tanya January 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    These are fabulous! Such a sophisticated flavor combination, I just love it. I adore the color of the frosting!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes January 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    GORGEOUS!!! purple frosting is my everything, obsessed!

  • Reply Jenny @ BAKE January 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    These cakes are beautiful! I love quiet weeks at home, though I always feel a little guilty that I haven’t been my most productive self. But they are glorious non the less.

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish January 20, 2015 at 4:06 am

    How delicate and absolutely breathtaking these mini lavender cakes look! Pinning for later.

  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files January 19, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Your week sound so perfect! And how can I say no to gorgeous cakes with lavender and champagne?! Too die for.

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy January 19, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    These cakes are so gorgeous! They would be so cute for a baby or bridal shower! Beautiful pictures!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking January 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    These cakes are so pretty and the flavor combination is awesome. Love the new blog pic!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking January 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    These are so adorable and the flavor combination is awesome.

  • Reply Sues January 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, these cakes are seriously gorgeous!! I’m in love with the color of the frosting!

  • Reply Ohmydish.com January 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Good stuff! We looked online for edible flowers, and this is a good start for us, thanks!

  • Reply Maggie January 19, 2015 at 5:38 am

    OMG, these mini cakes are amazing and they look so moist! Lavender, champagne and hazelnut are my favorite flavors but wow, it is just perfect when you combine them together!
    Btw, I totally understand what you mean by perfect week. I haven’t had that luxury for a while, but I’m so looking forward to it now 🙂
    You know, I just can’t stop looking at these cake pictures!

  • Reply Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life January 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    So great to find another Brisbane blogger! And especially one who has such a beautiful and inspiring blog. Your photography is just stunning and I love these elegant little cakes – perfect for a morning tea celebration, or just celebrating a sunny day!

  • Reply Camille Wynn January 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Wow those look delicious, I must try them!

    xoxo,
    Camille

    The Lovely Theory

  • Reply June Burns January 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I can definitely appreciate alone time. Especially when there is cake to be had. Like these, because OMG…lavender + hazelnut sounds like heaven 🙂

  • Reply Magda January 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I can easily exchange my Amaretto chocolate pear cake for your mini lavender champagne and hazelnut cake. They look so beautiful. And I’ve been into lavender last year and loved all the recipes I’ve tried with it so far.

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 18, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Your week sounds like a dream! Also, your recipes are always so cool… loving the hazelnut/lavender combo!

  • Reply Shinee January 18, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Pretty and tasty! Love the lavender color, and I’ll take everything with champagne. 🙂

  • Reply Abby January 18, 2015 at 12:19 am

    oh, these are so, so gorgeous, Thalia! love!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina January 17, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I’m so in LOVE with those flavors going on! They just look so amazingly delicious and look perfect! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Michelle { A Latte Food } January 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    That sounds like the absolute perfect week to me! And with these cakes? Yeah, nothing better! Pinned!

  • Reply Amanda January 17, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This is so creative, I love how you use out-of-the-ordinary flavors!!!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter January 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Your week sounded perfect! Love less hectic weeks like that. Perfect for sitting down to enjoy some mini cakes like this. They look gorgeous, Thalia! Love the floral flavors and the pretty color of the frsoting!

  • Reply Adri January 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Oh my, but those are just gorgeous, and I am wild for your flavor combo. Bravissima!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) January 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    This cake is to die for!

  • Reply Anu January 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Thalia , This is so creative! This cake is beautifully delish. Loved everything about it—The looks, the flavor, gorgeous color, and butteriness!!! 🙂

  • Reply Claudia @ HomeMade with love January 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I love the colors.. looks incredible! I so feel with you.. I love when there is nothing planned and I have lots and lots of time for myself. 🙂 haha I also feel like I am going to the grocery store every day.. I love it.. walking around, looking at all the food and buy what ever looks good to me at the moment. One of the best moments of my day 🙂

  • Reply Jenna January 17, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I never know what to do with lavender and now I know! These cakes look too beautiful to eat!

  • Reply Susan | Simple Healthy Kitchen January 17, 2015 at 2:49 am

    These are so gorgeous! My friend has a special birthday coming up and I think these would be perfect! Pinned, cant wait to try!

  • Reply Danielle January 17, 2015 at 1:25 am

    You always have the most gorgeous desserts and they all sound delicious! This one is definitely no exception, it sounds incredible. I love the color of that frosting too, so gorgeous!

    • Reply thalia January 17, 2015 at 5:47 am

      Thanks Danielle!

  • Reply Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 17, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I’m into florals too!!! Your mini cakes look so pretty! A perfect start/end to a seemingly perfect week!

  • Reply Immaculate January 16, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Thalia ,I am loving all the floral additions to your cakes ! This cake looks so buttery and moist . Perfect anytime treat for me -even breakfast.

  • Reply Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen January 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Wow. How creative! These definitely look (and sound!) quite delicious.

  • Reply lexi @ glitterinc.com January 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    These look absolutely incredible! Pinning. 🙂
    xx Lexi @glitterinclexi | Glitter, Inc.

  • Reply Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It! January 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    LOVE little cakes and lavender-infused anything! These look absolutely adorable and sound simply divine.

  • Reply Kimberly | Chic & Sugar January 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    These cakes are beautiful, Thalia! I love the color of the frosting so much!

  • Reply Marissa January 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    These are darling, Thalia! And, of course, look delicious! I absolutely love the lavender frosting…

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Please open a bakery asap, Thalia! 🙂 These cakes are gorgeous, as usual! And I love the flavor combination. Pinned!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita January 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The flavors in these beautiful, adorable cakes sounds so subtle and wonderful! I love how the frosting looks and the naked sides. I just rediscovered my culinary lavender in the back of my pantry and have been wondering how to use it…I need to take your inspiration! Pinned.

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance January 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Can I please just have the week you just had?! Sounds perfect – I love alone time too. Sometimes I make plans and then regret it because I kind of just wanna hang with alone. Totally loser? Anyway… this cake looks amazing and I wish I had it for a birthday today!

  • Reply Oana January 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Beautiful piping, Thalia! Your cakes are more and more complex, well done!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery January 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Lavender and champagne?! You’ve done it again, Thalia! Just stunning.

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert January 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Such lovely little cakes, Thalia! That frosting sounds amazing!

  • Reply Victor January 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    What a lovely cake, Thalia! Beauty, taste and elegance in one package. Question for you. Can I eat this cake and drive? 😉

  • Reply All that's Jas January 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    exquisite! Love the idea of having your own little cake.

  • Reply Kristin @ Tasty Joy January 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    These are pretty and rustic at the same time; quite a feat! And they seem perfect for upcoming Valentine’s Day 🙂 The design on top was the perfect touch.

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High January 16, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Adorable! I love the flavors you used.

    • Reply thalia January 16, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Michelle xx

  • Reply allyson January 16, 2015 at 3:52 am

    How pretty are these!? I love your photos. I must admit, I don’t eat cake and these made me hungry!

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali January 16, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Gorgeous little cakes Thalia! You are very talented 🙂

  • Reply Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble January 16, 2015 at 3:09 am

    So pretty! I love the color of the frosting…its so chic 🙂 Lavender is something i’ve been dying to try!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways January 16, 2015 at 3:04 am

    B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l…love the colours and the texture! Love it, Thalia 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 16, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Keep up the flowers! I love these pretty little cakes.

    • Reply thalia January 16, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Thanks, I definitely will Maureen x

  • Reply Jess @ Eating with Alice January 16, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Oh my goodness, these mini-cakes look so delicious! I’ve made Nigella Lawson’s Lavender Cupcakes before and loved them – I think adding lavender to baked goods is such a good idea. But lavender, champagne and hazelnuts sounds like the perfect combination!

  • Reply Chrissy January 16, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Simply gorgeous! I love the idea of the mini-cakes (and wondered what pan you used…genius!). Will be perfect for the next baby/bridal shower I host/attend (so many).

  • Reply Katie January 16, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This looks so beautiful, and sounds delicious! The only flowers I’ve ever used were redbud blooms in a tossed green salad,but I do love champagne so this recipe is a highly intriguing to me. Looking forward to an excuse to try it out!

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness January 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Cute little cakes! Love the light purple color. That champagne butter cream sounds delicious!

  • Reply Kari Peters January 16, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I’m loving your flower obsession lately – I’ve never really experimented with is myself and I love the deliciously creative combinations you come up with! Love the new look of your site! 🙂

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet January 16, 2015 at 12:51 am

    These would be so perfect for a wedding/bridesmaid get-together/event – seriously, when I first looked at these I thought they looked like pretty little bridesmaid cakes 😉 You are so talented – love your creations!

  • Reply Susan January 16, 2015 at 12:49 am

    These look fabulous – I’m salivating!

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife January 16, 2015 at 12:16 am

    These are gorgeous!

  • Reply Monique January 16, 2015 at 12:06 am

    So sweet.
    And you are so pretty…and smart

  • Reply zerrin January 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I’ve been curious about using lavender in baking for some time. I just didn’t have a recipe for it until now. Thanks for inspiration! The mini cakes look so fluffy and love their color. A definitely must try for me!

  • Reply Liz January 15, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Elegant, boozy cakes? Yes, please!

  • Reply Rachael | Spache the Spatula January 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    These are so chic and pretty! I love your combination of flavors, and lavender is one of my top 3 all-time fave ingredients! There was a stretch of time where I was putting it in EVVVVERYTHING! Haha!

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