Bonjour, friends! After a rendezvous with Provence, FR, I have been feeling sufficiently sun-soaked and full of bread, cheese, and rosé. There could be worse things, oui?
Provence was lovely, especially a particular day spent at Château des Baux de Provence – the ruins of a 10th-century castle built on a mountaintop at the southern edge of the Alpes. There were lavender bushes everywhere, and of course, honeybees – those gentle creatures that might as well have a head magnet for lavender flowers. You could literally hear the bzzzzzz-ing of thousands of honeybees near the lavender hedges – say, while you’re admiring the fortress ruins above you and the Provençal fields of olive trees and grape vines below… (Seriously, it was amazing! Go!)
Provence got the creative mind juices flowing, and was inspiration for this beautiful (and tasty!) naked cake: lavender-scented white cake, with local honey buttercream and strained blackberry filling.