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When I was in college I obsessively bought cookbooks somewhat because cooking fascinated me and I dreamed of doing it well. I joined a book club that automatically sent a cookbook each month allowing you to send it back or keep it. One month I received Maida Heatter’s Book of Great American Desserts. I did not really want this book as I had never heard of her, but I missed the deadline to send it back, paid for it and it was mine. I had no idea that I had just purchased a baking treasure. Now I realize that there are many possible explanations for baking failures. Of course, the obvious is you did something wrong. But it may also be the recipe. Never ever when I bake from Maida Heatter’s recipes, do they disappoint. Each time they succeed, look right, and are delicious. She is a true master of cookbook writing and I am not the only one who so thinks. She has won many awards. One very smart food blogger dedicated a website to baking through step-by-step many of her cakes, breads, cookies, etc. http://madaboutmaida.blogspot.com/p/about-maida-heatter.html
She is a true inspiration and I hesitate to touch any of her recipes, but as I search for ways to make herbs taste good and incorporate them into life, I keep going back to her books as a guide for I trust them like no other.
The floral lavender addition peaks through the dense, rich flavor of this cake just barely imparting it a bit of mystery. If preparing the lavender honey, plan to make the honey about 2 weeks before making the cake so it is ready when the time comes to bake. (see note below)
Adapted from Maida Heatter’s Cakes (Robert Redford Cake)