Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake for Mother’s Day
This dark rich lavender chocolate goose egg cake is made with a single egg. You can, of course substitute the goose egg with chicken eggs, but it’s well worth trying to get hold of one if you can. The cake is filled and covered with an unctuous chocolate ganache which is also flavoured with lavender. Ideal as a Mother’s Day cake and probably best enjoyed by adults.
If I’m around, I always endeavour to make a cake for my wonderful mother on Mothering Sunday. The question this year was, what cake to make? Simnel cake is traditional for this Christian festival which falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was a day’s reprieve from the Lenten fast and domestic servants were given the day off to visit their mother church. This meant they were able to spend time with their families and specifically their mothers. These days Simnel cake is more closely associated with Easter, but the old tradition of baking a cake and picking flowers for our mothers lives on.
Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake
With spring in the air, a cake with a floral theme seemed appropriate. I happened to have some lavender chocolate in the house and remembered the success of my chocolate lavender cake. Although lavender isn’t exactly spring like, it is floral. So a lavender chocolate cake it was going to be.
Excitingly, it’s the season for goose eggs and I had bought one especially to make my Mother’s Day cake. Goose eggs have a very short season, so I pounce upon them with glee whenever I see them in the spring. They’re very large and have a whopping yolk, so are excellent for baking. They roughly equate to three large hens eggs.
I scattered the lavender chocolate goose egg cake with edible red dust, pink hearts and lavender flowers. Sadly most of the flowers all blew off in the wind when I took the cake outside to photograph it, but I reckon the hearts say it all anyway. I made it yesterday and I’m off to deliver it later this afternoon, along with a bunch of primroses and a card.
Update 31 March
The chocolate goose egg cake was sensational. I was really pleased with it and more to the point so was my mother. The lavender flavour was good without being overpowering and the cake was beautifully light.
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Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake – The Recipe
- 1 tbsp lavender flowers
- 125 ml hot water
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 175 g sugar (half caster, half dark muscovado)
- a pinch sea or rock salt
- 40 g cocoa powder
- 1 goose egg (or 3 large eggs)
- 175 g flour (half wholemeal, half white)
- 1 scant teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 85 g ground almonds
- 1 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
- 80 g dark lavender chocolate (70%)
- 70 g unsalted butter
- 1 heaped tsp Cornish honey
- 3 tbsp double cream
Place the lavender in a covered pan with the water and bring to the boil. Leave to steep for an hour, then strain.
Cream the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the cocoa, followed by the egg.
- Sift in the flour, baking powders and almonds and stir in alternately with the lavender water.
- Stir in the yogurt until just incorporated.
Divide the mixture between two 8″ round silicone cake moulds and bake at 180℃ for 25 minutes. Leave to cool in the moulds for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt the chocolate, butter and honey in a pan over very low heat until just melted. Remove from the heat, then stir in the cold cream.
- Use half of the ganache to sandwich the two cakes together then spread the remainder over the top cake.
- Decorate with lavender buds.
I am sharing this Lavender chocolate goose egg cake with Emily at A Mummy Too for #recipeoftheweek.