Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lavender Plum Berry Sheet Cake with a Lemon Vanilla Glaze



I've been on a bit of a cake kick lately, so much so that I ended up making two cakes in one weekend just so I could eat all the cake. My brain on cake is pretty much exactly like this.

Yep,  dangerous times.

Luckily, I realized what a precarious situation I'd put myself in about a slice into each one (especially since I'd like to fit into my wedding dress eventually, which is kinda-sorta snug around the tush.) so I gave the rest of the cakes away, begrudgingly. One of them was a layer cake (rosemary corn cake!!) which took a good amount of time to assemble and left me wanting something that didn't involve trimming tops and stacking and aligning layers.


So, I went with a good ol' fashioned sheet cake. Simple, easy, and tasty on its own, but made even more delicious with the incorporation of fresh berries, plum slices, and dried lavender. When topped with this glaze and sprinkled with extra berries, it makes for quite a striking presentation, too; so no one will ever guess how little effort how little effort went into making it. The best of both cake worlds!!!


So moist and beautiful, and it really takes advantage of the sweetest produce of the summer. I highly recommend putting those ripe plums and berries to use in an epic sheet cake, I promise you won't be disappointed! And now I'm off to think about all the cakes I want to eat while assembling the programs for my wedding. Is it weird that one of my top three most-excited-about-wedding-things is seeing and eating my wedding cake? Because it's four tiers, and each tier is a different flavor, which of course means I have to try a piece from each tier, which means I get to have four pieces of cake.

It's going to be a very good day.



Ingredients:

Lavender Plum Berry Sheet Cake


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup vanilla yogurt (full fat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lavender, fresh or dried
2 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups fresh berries
1/2 of a plum, cut into roughly 1-inch cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk

Lemon Vanilla Glaze

1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
1 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
pinch of salt

Garnish

2 cups fresh berries
1/2 of a plum, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda until well blended. Set aside. Mix the sugar, butter, yogurt, vanilla, honey, and lavender together in a large bowl at medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the egg mixture until the batter is just blended. Gently stir in the berries and plum pieces. Pour the batter into a well-greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown on top and set. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


While the cake is cooling, you can prepare the glaze. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until smooth. Set aside. Once the cake has cooled down and is comfortably warm, evenly drizzle the glaze back and forth over the cake until all the glaze has been used, then garnish with the fresh berries and plum slices. Serve immediately.




77 comments:

  1. This sheet cake is the prettiest thing I've seen all day!

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    1. Awww why thank you Katrina! I am very flattered :)

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  2. Those berries are stunning! I would have eaten them all before I made this (incredible!) cake! :) Pinned!

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    1. I will admit, it was very tempting! I got them from the farmer's market and they were so fresh and tasty...I definitely popped a handful as I was making the cake haha. And thank you for your kind words :)

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  3. The prettiest cake ever! It even sounds lovely:)

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    1. Thank you so much! That is so kind of you to say!

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  4. Oh my gosh, just look at all that beautiful fruit! This is a cake I can absolutely get behind. All the fruit in the world! EEEE etc. :)

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    1. Hahaha, exactly! Just put fruit on a dessert and I am SO there.

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    1. Thank you Lynn! I am glad you enjoyed it :)

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  6. oh your shots drive me wild... i have been cooking with lavender for a month, still just as fresh and wonderful anytime i see a new recipe. but your pics, oh my, they talk to me~

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    1. I am so happy you like the photos for this post, they're my favorites that I've done in a while. But it's hard to take a bad picture of fresh berries, they're just so inviting and charming :) ANd hurray for cooking with fresh lavender! It really does add the softest floral taste to dishes, I just love it.

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  7. the photo looks fantastic!
    did you even colored the background?

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    1. Thanks lady! I made the background a couple years ago with some old wood pieces, turquoise paint, and crackle medium :)

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    2. Eva, you've done very well with the background1

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  8. this looks soooo pretty and summery.

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  9. This looks gorgeous, such beautiful colours!
    from Em x

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    1. Aww thanks Emily! I just love summer berries, so bright and vibrant.

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  10. This is the most beautiful sheet cake I've ever seen! Swoon.

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    1. That is so kind of you to say, Paula! I am incredibly flattered :)

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  11. Ahhhh it's so gorgeous Eva! Also, I am totally crushing on that greeny-blue wooden background you've got there :)

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    1. Thank you Izy!! I am so happy you like it! :) I love this background too, I made it a few years ago and it is definitely still my favorite one to work with. So great with dark moody lighting.

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  12. I've resisted making cake but I've been pinning them like a fool! This sounds soo sooo perfect for summer - lots of flavors but all light and bright.

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  13. These photos are quite incredibly gorgeous. Any occasion that featured this cake would become a total party.

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  14. This looks AMAZING. Just amazing. And stunning. And gorgeous! Oh I also want to eat it :)

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  15. This cake looks so refreshing and bright and flavorful! I'm loving the addition of lavender, too.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! It really went well with the fresh berries :)

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  16. Really, one of the prettiest pictures of a fruit sheet cake. The berries are stunning, pictures are gorgeous, was staring at those for a while..

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    1. Thank you so much Asha :) I am so glad you like the photos!

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  17. Thank you so much for that hilarious cake link, wow. And your blog is gorgeous - two great discoveries in one day - yay!

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    1. Awww I am glad you liked it! Her cartoons are my favorite, they're always so funny! I think the one about moving with her dogs is one of my faves too :)

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  18. This looks completely amazing! I will be making this as soon as possible lol!

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    1. Haha awesome! Let me know how you like it :)

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  19. Holy moly, this looks incredible and beautiful and delicious and all things! I love berries ands sheet cake and lavender. What a gorgeous marriage.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed the post, I loved how easy it was to make and how fresh and summery the flavors were :)

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  20. This looks incredible! However, I can't get buttermilk where I live, do you know of any alternatives?
    Thanks!
    Emily xx

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    1. Hi Emily! If you put a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of milk and stir it and let it sit for about 3 minutes it will create a buttermilk substitute that's nice and tangy like regular buttermilk :) hope this helps!

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  21. That looks just amazing! I have a birthday cake to cook for my husband this weekend, that might be it!

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    1. Thank you!! If you try it let me know how you guys like it :) and happy birthday to your husband!

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  22. my goodness, how attractive and colorful! the cake looks too soft and moist to support all those berries and that glaze, but i sure am glad you added it all anyway. :)

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    1. Haha, me too! It was absolutely delicious :)

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  23. OMG! This cake and these berries are looking so delicious and mouth-watering. You're a perfect food stylist and photographer. I'm raising my hat to you. Thank you for sharing these marvellous pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much Maple! You are so kind :)

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  24. Since recently having a newborn, I've been cooking and baking to help my wife with the household duties... and it's been fun. YOUR SITE is one the best I've seen. The presentations are amazing and something my wife would love to eat ~ actually... me too :) I will definitely try out some of your recipes.

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    1. Thank you so much Paul, that means a lot :) And congratulations on the little one, that is so wonderful! I hope you enjoy the recipes here, let me know how you like the ones you try :)

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    2. Congratulations for the little one, and enjoy these recipes, there are awesome :)

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  25. Fornthebglaze, should it read tbsp?

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    1. Hi Andrea! I am not sure what you mean, could you elaborate a bit? Thanks so much! :)

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  26. I cannot get over how beautiful all of these berries are!! We have one vendor at the market that gets a small crop of golden raspberries, and they are so delicious. I have to get there very early in the morning to score some, because he runs out of the few pints he brings within an hour or so. The markets have been flush with berries and plums, and I love the thought of combining them all into one big gorgeous cake. And a sheet cake at that? Heck yes. Easy peasy. :)

    Also, that cake cartoon thing....amazing. I died from laughing.

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    1. Haha, thank you! Yeah I love Hyperbole and a Half, her cartoons are all hilarious. You should definitely try to get there early one day and snag a pint, they are so delicious! They taste like regular raspberries, only a bit sweeter. They're one of my favorite berries, second only to the delightful marionberry, as you well know from your Blackberry Ice Cream post haha :)

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  27. This looks SO DELICIOUS and beautiful! I love the fact that you added lavender.. I've never added lavender to a cake before but I will definitely try this cake!! :) Usually I have periods where I bake cakes ALL the time, and then I don't bake anything for a long time! (But obviously this weekend will be a cake weekend!)
    http://miyafood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Miya! Let me know how you like the cake when you try it, I love adding lavender to baked goods, the flavor infuses into the cake when you bake it and magical, flavorful things happen :)

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  28. Wow, this is gorgeous! I think I say that every time you post :) I've done very little baking this summer, but this is such a quick and easy recipe. And all the cake! Holy cow, you're in the home stretch, lady. You deserve all the cake! When I was finishing my Master's thesis, I baked an obscene amount of treats. Stress baking has it's pros and cons for sure :)

    I'm so excited for you and the big day!!!

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    1. Yes, stress baking has definitely been my release lately, but now I'm trying to cut down on sweets before the wedding so I've just been making a lot of chicken and low-carb dishes haha. I guess I just need to cook something, anything, to get my mind off all the things that need to be done. I just finished embossing all the programs last night though, so all I have to do is tie them with string and I'll be done with them! They were so tedious to make, I will definitely be doing a happy dance once they're finished haha.

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  29. I am getting so excited for the wedding! I can't wait to see you in that dress (tight tush and all)! This cake looks so ridiculously beautiful. I adore berries...

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    1. Me too, babe!! It is going to be such an amazing day, and I am so excited for you to meet all my California friends! I feel like I talk to them about you guys a lot so it will be so nice for everyone to be able to finally put a face to the name. And the desserts! My God the desserts...the dessert table will be amazing :)

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  30. Your pictures are so amazing Eva. Love the vibrant colors and the styling on this post!

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    1. the pictures are gorgeous, what a talent :)

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  31. Thanks for this recipe. Made this on the weekend and kids loved it. Didn't have all the ingredients but still was amazing. Great pictures by the way, awesome stuff.

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    1. That is so awesome!! I am so happy your kids loved it, too! And thank you for your very sweet words :)

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  32. Thank you for these succulent awesome pictures, a simple cake, but the beauty of the fresh fruits on the top, like a "bouquet", gives to cake the desire to eat it, thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Awww thank you Mennigen! That is very thoughtful of you to say. :)

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  33. This is probably by far the prettiest sheet cake I've seen! I love the addition of fresh fruit both in the batter and as a topping.
    Yay for your wedding cake! Indeed you have t have a slice of each

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    1. Haha, thanks Roxana!! And indeed I will, I can't wait to try them all :D

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  34. This is such a gorgeous cake! I love it. <3 The fresh berries are so beautiful and flavorful.
    I need a piece of this cake right now! haha. :)
    A four-tier wedding cake with four flavors? Ahh man. That's awesome. Sounds like a very good time.
    Your pictures are so beautiful, and so is this cake.
    Pinning! <3

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    1. Thank you so much Abbie! Yeah the wedding cake was insane, so tasty!!! And the baker put fresh flowers from our florist on it, so it looked super pretty. I will never forget it :)

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  35. Do you think this would work in two 8 inch rounds? I'm totally making this fort friends surprise party on a couple days, and have a really cute cake stand I'm dying to use. Please let me know! Thanks a ton, so so so excited to make it!

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    1. Hi Rach! I think it would definitely work in (2) 8-inch rounds, the cake wouldn't be super tall but that's good because with fresh berries you don't want the cake too be too tall and heavy, it should be nice and light to go with the fresh fruit :) It would be really pretty if you had some whipped cream and fresh berries between the two cake layers and then did the glaze over the top with more fresh berries. Let me know how it turns out for you!

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  36. Hi Eva, I've been visiting your site regularly since making your apricot jalapeno jam in June, and I continue to be inspired by your recipes, for their beauty as well as how good they are. I just made your gorgeous last-gasp-of-summer cake and loved all the oohs and aahs from my friends and fellow tasters. Thank you so much for your creativity. Btw, I see you're getting married! Congratulations and na zısete ke kalus apogonus...I'm Greek too. :)

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    1. Hi Ginny! Evharisto poli! :) You are so kind to say such nice things, I am so happy you're enjoying my blog and the recipes I've been posting. I am so excited you made the end-of-summer cake, it is my favorite cake I've ever made (but I am also obsessed with corn meal-baked goods and honey hehe). Stay in touch and let me know what you think of the other recipes that you've tried :)

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  37. Beautiful photos :) I'm definitely bookmarking this to make when the berry season starts here in Oz - only another month :)

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    1. Thank you Alicia! Let me know how it comes out for you when you try it :)

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  38. Wow so stunning! love the moody background with the bright colors! Following your blog immediately.

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