Cardamom Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup Glaze


 
Cardamom Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup glaze - this super versatile cardamom sour cream cake is full of warming cardamom spices, both from within the cake and from the simple cardamom bundt syrup glaze that is brushed on top. You can leave the cardamom out for a perfect vanilla sour cream bundt cake, or leave it in there for a cozy, warming bundt cake. #bundtcake #bundtrecipe #cardamombuntcake
Cardamom Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup glaze - this super versatile cardamom sour cream cake is full of warming cardamom spices, both from within the cake and from the simple cardamom bundt syrup glaze that is brushed on top. You can leave the cardamom out for a perfect vanilla sour cream bundt cake, or leave it in there for a cozy, warming bundt cake. #bundtcake #bundtrecipe #cardamombuntcake
Cardamom Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup glaze - this super versatile cardamom sour cream cake is full of warming cardamom spices, both from within the cake and from the simple cardamom bundt syrup glaze that is brushed on top. You can leave the cardamom out for a perfect vanilla sour cream bundt cake, or leave it in there for a cozy, warming bundt cake. #bundtcake #bundtrecipe #cardamombuntcake
Cardamom Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup glaze - this super versatile cardamom sour cream cake is full of warming cardamom spices, both from within the cake and from the simple cardamom bundt syrup glaze that is brushed on top. You can leave the cardamom out for a perfect vanilla sour cream bundt cake, or leave it in there for a cozy, warming bundt cake. #bundtcake #bundtrecipe #cardamombuntcake

Hi hi! Just popping on here today to share this quick and easy bundt cake recipe - a cardamom bundt cake with a cardamom syrup glaze. This is essentially just a slightly gussied up version of a vanilla sour cream bundt cake with a simple glaze, which I love because of how versatile it is. This is a great base vanilla bundt cake recipe, which you can basically add whatever you like to to make it your own!

In this situation I just added a whole bunch of cardamom, both to the cake and to the syrup that I brushed on while the cake was still warm. The base is a cardamom sour cream bundt cake, which gets its moisture from the sour cream, and the slightly spicy warm flavour from the cardamom in the batter. This cake keeps super well, and is actually better the day after you make it, which makes it ideal for preparing ahead if you know you are going to need something quick and easy to please a crowd! You can really do your own thing here with the flavour, as it is a super easy base recipe - add in some lemon zest and make it a lemon glaze for a vanilla lemon cake (or make this lemon cake because it’s really really good), or you could probably add in some chocolate chips if you wanted (i’ll try it and report back, watch this space), and you could even serve it with a super simple raspberry sauce, fresh fruit, and whipped cream if you wanted to make it a bit more fancy and serve it as a dessert. This cake is an easy one, it’s a new favourite of mine, and I promise that it will be a new favourite of yours soon too. Happy Bundting!

A few wee tips:

  • I used this bundt pan for this cake, but any 10 cup bundt pan will work! Make sure that you really spray it well with baking spray - ideally use one that has flour in it if you can!

  • This tastes good the day it is made, but it gets better as time goes on too and the cardamom flavour develops.

  • Don’t skip the syrup part, it really really helps with the moisture of the cake. I like to make the syrup just toward the end of the baking process, so that it is ready to brush onto the cake as soon as it is out of the pan.

A few wee tips:

  • I used this bundt pan for this cake, but any 10 cup bundt pan will work! Make sure that you really spray it well with baking spray - ideally use one that has flour in it if you can!

  • This tastes good the day it is made, but it gets better as time goes on too and the cardamom flavour develops.

  • Don’t skip the syrup part, it really really helps with the moisture of the cake. I like to make the syrup just toward the end of the baking process, so that it is ready to brush onto the cake as soon as it is out of the pan.

 

 

Cardamom Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup Glaze

- Makes one Bundt Cake -

Bundt Cake
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
300g sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
430g all-purpose flour
4 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
280g buttermilk, at room temperature
200g sour cream

Cardamom Syrup
60g water
50g sugar
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
 

- PROCESS -

BUNDT CAKE

Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream.

With the mixer on low, slowly dd the dry and wet mixture alternately, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula and mix by hand for a few turns to ensure even incorporation of ingredients.

Prepare a 10 cup bundt pan by spraying it well with baking spray containing flour, or by spraying with baking spray and dusting well with flour, ensuring to tap out the excess.

Transfer the batter into the prepared bundt pan, then tap the pan a couple of times onto a flat surface to ensure that there aren’t any bubbles within the mix. Place on a sheet pan.

Bake the bundt cake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Brush all over with the cardamom syrup while it is still warm. The syrup will absorb, so continue brushing the syrup over until you have used it all up. Allow to cool.

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.  

CARDAMOM SYRUP

Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan, and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before brushing onto the cake.

Cardamom Bundt Cake with Cardamom Syrup glaze - this super versatile cardamom sour cream cake is full of warming cardamom spices, both from within the cake and from the simple cardamom bundt syrup glaze that is brushed on top. You can leave the cardamom out for a perfect vanilla sour cream bundt cake, or leave it in there for a cozy, warming bundt cake. #bundtcake #bundtrecipe #cardamombuntcake

Chocolate Olive Oil Sheet Cake with Milk Chocolate German Buttercream


 
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake
Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake

I think we’ve talked here before about how much I love sheet cakes. It’s all the flavour of a layer cake, but just way, way more laid back. They are super easy to transport (you just take the whole pan with you), are the best for loading up with sprinkles, and, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE making the swirls with my little offset spatula. I could seriously do it all day - it’s so relaxing to me.

Today’s recipe is a chance for me to love on the sheet cake just a little more, with this double chocolate situation. There’s a chocolate olive oil sheet cake on the bottom - it’s rich and moist, but still has a lovely springy texture, and a depth of flavour from the olive oil in the recipe. I then topped it with a fave of mine - milk chocolate german buttercream. Chocolate has got to be one of my all time faves when it comes to German buttercream. Someone once described it as room temperature ice cream, which I think is really just the perfect description. The chocolate goes so nicely with the silky buttercream, giving you this smooth, decadent topping to the cake. This cake would go great with a load of different buttercreams - in fact, there are a heap on the site here for you, but I can’t go past a good double chocolate pairing, and sprinkles are optional but also kind of necessary.

Let’s take a quick sec to talk about the oil I used in the recipe - I used the Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Filippo Berio. I love all of their oils, but the Robusto is great to use in baking where you really want the oil flavour to shine through. Here, it gives flavour, and the perfect texture to the cake, but also gives another dimension to the chocolate flavour of the cake, which is so perfect! If you wanted to have a slightly less intense olive oil flavouring, their Extra light olive oil is my go to for when I need a neutral oil in baking too. If you haven’t tried adding olive oil to your cake before, I highly recommend giving it a try!

A few wee tips:

  • I used a milk chocolate in the buttercream, which gave a very light taste, but if you wanted something a bit darker, sub the milk chocolate for a good quality dark chocolate.

  • Ideally the pastry cream for the German buttercream needs to chill down - I like leaving it for at least a few hours, or overnight if I can.

  • This cake is great as it comes together all in the one bowl - you end up with quite a bit of mixture, so make sure that you have a big enough bowl!

 

 

Chocolate Olive Oil Sheet Cake with Milk Chocolate German Buttercream

- Makes one 9” x 12” cake - serves 12-16 people -

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake
375g all-purpose flour
350g sugar
120g dutch cocoa
2 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
180g Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil
330g whole milk, at room temperature
300g freshly boiled water

Milk Chocolate German Buttercream
110g sugar
12g (1 1/2 Tbsp) cornstarch
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp kosher salt
190g whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
340g (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
180g good quality milk chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

 

- PROCESS -

CHOCOLATE OLIVE OIL SHEET CAKE

Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Lightly spray a 9”x13” baking pan with baking spray, and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the eggs, yolk, vanilla bean paste, Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and milk, and mix to combine well. Add the boiling water and whisk until incorporated.

Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, and tap a few times on a flat surface to remove any excess bubbles.

Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes, until the centre springs back, or a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out cleanly.

Cool in the pan completely.

 

MILK CHOCOLATE GERMAN BUTTERCREAM

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, egg, egg yolk and salt. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla to just shy of a simmer.  Remove from the heat.

Using one hand to whisk constantly, pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. This helps to temper the eggs and stop them from scrambling. Whisk until incorporated, and then pour the whole lot back into the saucepan.

Heat the milk and egg mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. It will thicken quickly. Once it has thickened, cook for one minute, then remove from the heat. Pour into a shallow container or bowl of a stand mixer and press some plastic wrap over the surface to avoid a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold - at least four hours, preferably overnight. If you need to speed this process up, you can place the pastry cream in a bowl, then place the bowl in an ice bath. Stir frequently.

Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment, and place the pastry cream in the bowl. Whip the mixture on medium until creamy and lump-free. Begin adding the butter, a few cubes at a time, until fully incorporated. It may look curdled at some point but just keep whipping - it will come together! Once the buttercream is homogenous, add the cooled melted milk chocolate.

ASSEMBLY

Transfer the cake to a serving plate or board. Dump the milk chocolate buttercream onto the cake, and, using an offset spatula, spread over the cake, creating swirls in the buttercream. Add sprinkles if desired.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Chocolate sheet cake with milk chocolate german buttercream. This easy, from scratch chocolate sheet cake is enhanced with the flavour of olive oil, and bakes up nice and flat, making it the perfect sheet cake for decorating. It is topped with a silky, milk chocolate german buttercream. #sheetcake #germanbuttercream #chocolateoliveoilcake

Thank you so much to Filippo Berio for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath


 
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook
Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook

Hi hi! Happy Friday! I am super excited to share this recipe from my amazing friend Tessa’s book - a Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. This is Tessa’s second book, and is called “Icing on the Cake”, and is filled with not only a whole lot of incredible layer cakes, but other amazing desserts - there’s macarons, pies, marshies, eclairs, tarts, the whole nine yards. It’s an incredible go-to book if you need a show stopping dessert, whether it needs to be a quickie to whip up, or a more labour intensive recipe such as this cake!

I taught myself how to make buttercream flowers a while back, and did a quick wee 2 hour course with a friend a few years ago, and they are kind of something that I always forget that I can do, then get excited to make, spend a whole afternoon making them, get mad at myself for not making them more often because they really are learnt by repetition and I need to just sit down and make them more to learn, then do the exact opposite and not make them for ages. However, when I do sit down and take the time to do them, I am reminded how fun they are once you get the hang of them! They can be a teeny bit tricky to start off, but once you get going, they are a really fun and effective way to decorate cakes and cupcakes! I’m definitely going to make them more often if I can! I promise it’s worth all the little piping bags and couplers and tips. Tessa has a whole section in her book about how to make the different flowers, and how to pipe them directly onto cupcakes!

The flowers are great and pretty, but the cake underneath also deserves some spotlight time - it’s so, so good! It’s a pretty simple vanilla cake, but the milk in the cake is infused with lavender, giving it a super subtle floral taste. The lavender is then emphasised in the lavender syrup which is brushed on the layers, then the whole thing is stacked up with a cream cheese frosting and a blackberry jam filling. Lavender and blackberry go so beautifully together, and cream cheese icing is just the best in literally any occasion. There’s a fine line between not being able to taste lavender in desserts and accidentally adding too much and it tasting like hand cream (I’ve done both before), but when it’s good it’s AMAZING, and Tessa has absolutely nailed this one. Congrats lady - I’m so proud, and I can’t wait to bake my way through this bad boy! x

A few wee tips:

  • I’m not going to lie, the buttercream flowers on this take bloody ages. But, they are so, so worth it - It’s amazing seeing how you get better with practice, and I think that it’s a really fun thing to know how to do!

  • Tessa has a great tutorial on her instagram of how to make the flowers she used for this cake! I pretty much just followed that.

  • If you don’t want to pipe the flowers, Tessa has another cake topped with buttercream swirls and blobs that I love, that would also be perfect for this!

  • You need the Swiss buttercream to be slightly on the firm side for this - to help with this I kept the whisk attachment on my mixer and the bowl of buttercream in the fridge until I was ready for it, then gave it a quick whip to help smooth it out. I worked with one colour at a time. AC in your house will help too if it’s summer, but our foster cat has her bed on the AC, so we are still kinda working out how to let her know that she’s going to have to move. We aren’t there yet.

  • I made the cake and the lavender syrup the day before, which really helped to break up the process a bit.

  • Buy yourself a copy of Tessa’s book. Just do it - there’s so so many beautiful things in there!

 

 

Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath

- Makes one Three Layer, 8” cake -

Reprinted with permission from ‘Icing on the Cake’ by Tessa Huff

Lavender Milk
1 cup (240ml) whole milk
2 tsp dried culinary lavender

Lavender Cake
1/4 cup (60ml) sour cream
2 1/4 cups (325g) cake flour
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks / 225g) unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Lavender Syrup
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried culinary lavender

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks/225g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 oz (115g) cream cheese, at room temperature
5 to 6 cups (625g to 750g) powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp heavy cream or whole milk
2 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

Swiss Meringue Buttercream
4 large egg whites
1 1/3 cups (265g) granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups (4 sticks / 450g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

To Assemble
1/2 to 1 cup (120ml to 240ml) blackberry jam
Gel Food colouring

 

- PROCESS -

LAVENDER MILK

In a small saucepan, slowly bring the milk to a simmer over low heat. Add the lavender and remove from the heat. Let steep for about 20 minutes. Strain the milk through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and discard the lavender. Let cool completely.  

LAVENDER CAKE

Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Grease and flour three 8-inch (20cm) cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir together 3/4 cup (180ml) of the lavender milk and the sour cream.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat the ingredients on low speed until just combined. Add the butter, vanilla, and about 1/2 cup (120ml) of the lavender milk mixture. mix on medium until evenly distributed and the dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Add the eggs to the remaining lavender milk mixture and stir to combine. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the egg mixture in three additions, mixing for about 15 seconds after each addition and stopping the mixer between additions to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Evenly divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from the pans. Allow the cakes to cool completely, right-side up, on the wire rack before removing the parchment. Level the tops of the cakes with a long serrated knife as needed.

LAVENDER SYRUP

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup (120ml) water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the lavender. Simmer the syrup for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep until cool. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and discard the lavender.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer), beat the butter and cream cheese on medium until smooth. Meanwhile, sift the confectioner’s sugar. With the mixer running on low, gradually add 5 cups (625g) of the confectioner’s sugar, 3 Tbsp of the cream, and the vanilla and mix until incorporated. Turn the mixer to medium high and mix until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 cup (125g) confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 cup (65g) at a time, and / or the remaining 1 Tbsp of cream until the desired consistency is reached. It should be spreadable and creamy, not runny.

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

Generously brush the cake layers with the lavender syrup. Place one cake layer on a cake board or serving plate. Place about 1/3 cup (80ml) of the cream cheese frosting on top and spread it with an offset spatula. Fill a piping bag fitted with a plain round tip with some of the cream cheese frosting. Pipe a ring around the outer top edge of the cake to create a “dam”. Pipe a second ring of cream cheese frosting a couple of inches in from the outer ring, to create a “bulls-eye”.

Use a spoon to fill in the gaps between the rings of the cream cheese frosting with 1/4 to 1/3 cup (60 to 120ml) of the blackberry jam. Top with a second cake layer and repeat; place the final cake layer on top.

Crumb coat the cake with the cream cheese frosting and chill for 15 minutes. Frost the cake with the remaining cream cheese buttercream.

SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM

Put the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Gently whisk them by hand to combine. In a medium saucepan, bring an inch or two (2.5 to 5cm) of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place the mixer bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler (be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Heat the egg mixture, whisking intermittently, until it reaches 160°f / 70°c on a candy thermometer.

Carefully affix the mixer bowl to the stand mixer (it may be hot) and fit the mixer with the whisk attachment. Beat the egg white mixture on high speed for 8 to 10 minutes, until the mixture holds medium-stiff peaks and the outside of the bowl has cooled to room temperature.

Turn the mixer down to low and add the vanilla. Add the butter a couple of tablespoons at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next. Stop the mixer and swap out the whisk for the paddle attachment.

Turn the mixer to medium high and beat until the buttercream is silky smooth, 3 to 5 minutes.

Note - If your buttercream is a little soupy, refrigerate for 15 minutes then re-whip. You need it to be firm enough to pipe with.

DECORATE THE CAKE

Tint a small amount of buttercream green for the leaves. Tint the remaining buttercream the colors of your choice for the flowers. Cut about 30 2-inch (5cm) squares of parchment paper. Dab a small amount of buttercream on a flower nail and secure a square of parchment on top. Fill piping bags fitted with various piping tips with the tinted buttercream (I like to use a coupler so that I can switch out the tips). I used a petal Wilton #103 and #104 tip, a Wilton #81 tip for the Mum flower, and a small round tip for the little blobby flowers. Tessa has a great tutorial , and there are lots online!

Pipe various buttercream flowers on top of the parchment squares, then transfer the flowers to a baking sheet or cutting board. Chill the piped flowers in the fridge until firm, at least 15 minutes.

To create the flower crown, pipe a ring of buttercream around the top of the cake, about 1 inch (2.5cm) from the edge. Carefully peel the chilled flowers off their parchment squares and use a small offset spatula to arrange them on the ring of buttercream, angling them slightly in and away from the center of the cake.

Fill a piping bag with a leaf tip with the green buttercream and pipe leaves to fill in any gaps between the flowers.

Chill in the fridge until 30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Lavender Blackberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Piped Floral Wreath. Layers of delicately flavoured lavender cake are filled with a cream cheese frosting and blackberry jam, and topped with a beautiful floral wreath made from piped swiss meringue buttercream flowers. #pipedflowers #lavendercake #swissmeringuebuttercream #icingonthecakebook