Viroqua, WI

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Kat from Viroqua, WI

Kat participated in Week 6: Botanical, and attempted the 3-Tiered Floral Cake Challenge. Let's see how they did!

How do you rate your baking performance?

Rocked it.

Give your botanical creation a clever name — and tell us about your recipe.

Provence Gâteau sans Gluten

Any disasters? Did you take any risks? Proudest moment? Lessons learned the hard way? Tell us about it.

This lavender cake layered with lavender cream cheese frosting and lemon curd is gluten-free, which is always challenging. I experimented with getting the lavender flavor just right so my cake tasted like cake instead of soap. Also, whisking lemon curd almost tore my rotator cuff.

How did you add a Wisconsin twist to your flavors or decoration?

My lavender came from a local Wisconsin farm, and my butter, milk, and cream cheese came from Organic Valley, a co-op in my area. All of the floral decorations came out of my garden, including native coneflowers and the Wisconsin state flower, wood violet leaves.