Among the lavender plant's many uses, it can be used for cake decorations. Crystallised lavender flowers make elegant additions to any cake, however attempting these delicate decorations requires time and patience. It will most likely take more than one try to get the right look, but the result makes the effort worth it. Using individual lavender flowers instead of whole spikes makes the process much easier and helps prevent the flowers from coming out crunchy. Try using crystallised lavender flowers on plain white cakes for an especially elegant look.
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Things you need
- Lavender spike
- 1 egg white
- Icing sugar
- Baking tray or baking tray
- 2 tbsp water
- Measuring spoon
- Thin kitchen towel
- Medium-sized bowl
- Egg whisk
- Cooking brush
- Non-stick cooking spray
Pull large, dark blooms off lavender spike. Pull corollas (inner floral leaves) out of bloom and place flowers on a thin, clean kitchen towel.
Measure 2 tbsp of water and pour into small bowl. Add 1 egg white and whisk ingredients. Skim froth with a cooking brush and paint the inside and outside of each lavender flower with the mixture. Be thorough, but do not drench the flowers. Using tweezers to handle the flowers as you paint them is an easy and effective way to do this.
Sprinkle icing sugar on flowers, making sure you coat each whole flower. Shake off any excess powder. Cover a baking tray with cooking spray and place flowers on tray.
Bake flowers for at least two hours in the bottom of oven on lowest possible setting. Check flowers regularly and take out when completely dry and crisp. Allow to cool and use to decorate cake.
Tips and warnings
- If you have any extra flowers that you would like to store, use an airtight container. Do not pile flowers on top of each other. Handle flowers carefully at all times, particularly after they come out of the oven as they are very delicate.
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