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Lemon-Lavender Pound Cake




  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk or milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk
  • 1 lemon



  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°. Butter an 8½x4½" loaf pan and line with parchment paper, leaving a generous overhang on long sides. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • Step 2: Place granulated sugar, lavender, and lemon zest in a food processor. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; save pod for another use. Pulse until lavender is finely chopped; set 1 Tbsp. lavender sugar aside for topping.
  • Step 3: Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat remaining lavender sugar and ½ cup butter in a large bowl until very light and fluffy, 5–7 minutes (don’t shortchange yourself here; the long beating time aerates the cake and yields the finest texture). Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition and scraping down sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  • Step 4: Combine buttermilk and lemon juice in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients to lavender sugar mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stop mixer just before all dry ingredients are incorporated and finish mixing by hand, a guarantee against overmixing the batter, which can cause the cake to be tough. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula.
  • Step 5: Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 55–65 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cake cool in pan 20 minutes before turning out and peeling off parchment. Let cool completely.
  • Step 6: Do Ahead: Lavender sugar can be made 1 month ahead; store airtight at room temperature. Cake can be baked 2 days ahead; store tightly wrapped at room temperature.


  • Step 7: Whisk powdered sugar and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Pour over cooled cake, letting excess drip over sides. Using a lemon zester, zest lemon into strips into a small bowl; add 1 Tbsp. reserved lavender sugar and toss to coat. Top cake with sugared lemon zest. Let sit until glaze is set, about 30 minutes.
  • Step 8: Do Ahead: Glazed cake (without zest) can be made 1 day ahead; store under a cake dome (or an overturned bowl) at room temperature. Top with sugared lemon zest just before serving.
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