Gluten Free-Lemon, LAVENDER, Poppy Seed, Yellow Squash Cake

Lavender is in bloom all over town. If you don’t have it your yard I bet you have neighbor who does. Lavender is known for its amazing aromatic smell which can give baked goods a subtle floral flavor. I have an overabundance of summer squash this year and I am not a particular fan of this “vegetable”. I don’t like to waste anything and have been searching the internet for recipes to use it up. This cake was amazing and disappeared quickly in my house. It was very moist , the squash pretty much melts and leaves behind a great texture that is not dry or mushy. If you are a gluten free baker you know that getting a satisfying baked good can be a challenge. This simple recipe also does not require a lot of special additives that you may not have on hand.

Lemon, Lavender, Squash Recipe

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease and flour or line with parchment paper 1-2 cake or loaf pans. I did one standard round cake pan and make 5 extra cupcakes

In a large metal bowl cream together with a hand mixer.

1 cup of softened, unsalted butter or substitute

1 tsp of almond extract

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 cups of granulated sugar.

Juice and zest of 1 medium lemon

1-2 tsp of powdered dried lavender flowers

One at a time add in 3 eggs and continue to mix.

In a medium metal bowl add…..

3 cups of flour (1 cup almond, 1 cup brown rice, and 1 cup buckwheat)

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

1 TBSP of poppy seeds

Sift the dry ingredient into the larger bowl and mix well.

Fold in….

2 cup of shredded yellow summer squash

Fill and level your prepared pans

Bake at 325 for -60 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

Let cool, run a knife around the rim and invert

You can ice or dust with powdered sugar

Will store in a covered tin on the counter or fridge for a up to a week

 Latin name: Lavandula (there are lots of species). Family: Laminacea (mint family). Lavender is an evergreen perennial shrub that can grow 1-4 ft high. Typically it appears as a smaller singular plant but in the right conditions it will spread and expand to fill a larger space. The entire herb is covered in a grayish down. At this time of year the plant shoots up a flowers in the form of a terminal spikes. The highly scented purple flowers form a group on the tip of their personal stalk. The narrow leaves are sparsely arranged oppositely on the square stem, often clustered at the base of the plant when not in bloom. Lavender can be very easy to grow in many climates especially when given well drained, poor, sandy soil and full sun. Lavender is not native to the United States. It is very popular with bees and butterflies. The smell is the best way to remember this herb. Rub any part of it between your hands and smell your palms.

Lavender’s pure essential oil is a great remedy for burns, cuts, tight muscles, rheumatism, edema, eczema, hair loss, acne, fungal infections, earache, cold sores, and insect bites/stings. This plant contains numerous volatile oils, many of which are powerful anti-microbials. It was used in WW 2 for wounds and parasites. It was burned for bubonic plague to prevent the spread of the disease. Steam inhalations, baths, and infusions have been used to treat chest infections, asthma, dizziness, insomnia, digestive issues, colic, fever, colds, flu, strep, yeast, vaginal infections, bad breath, muscle spasms, headaches, fear, earaches, eczema, acne, burns, cold sores, edema, rheumatism, hair lossatigue, stress and anxiety. Lavender has a history of being present at birth and death because of its calming nature. The flowers are edible and can be used in baked goods, and other sweets. You will find this herb in many gifts and beauty products. 

Energetics:bitter, pungent, sweet, cooling, dry


Parts used:flowers. Leaves and stalks can be used for incense

 Contraindications: During pregnancyDo not use the essential oil internally. Do your research on using the pure EO on a frequent basis externally (including in creams and shampoos).

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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