For christmas last year, Miranda from sundrymornings.com gave me, among other delightful treats, lavender sugar. Which is dried lavender flowers combined with granulated sugar. Brilliant. To make your own, mix 1 cup sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender. If you don’t have any lavender or lavender sugar on hand, you can substitute with granulated or brown sugar for this recipe.
Lavender Apple Upside-down Cake
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup lavender sugar (see above)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter. In a bowl, mix lavender sugar and cinnamon and spread over bottom of greased baking dish. Layer apples slices in bottom of greased, sugared baking dish. This will be the top of the cake when finished so feel free to get creative with your apple arrangement. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine remaining butter and sugar. Add remaining wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Pour and evenly spread batter over apples. Bake 50 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Run a knife along edges and carefully invert onto flat surface. Cake is now an upside-down cake.