You Asked, We Deliver: Ali Larter’s Lemon-Lavender Cake Recipe

03/12/2014 at 10:01 AM ET

Ali Larter Meyer Lemon Cake
Courtesy Ali Larter; Inset: John Sciulli/Getty

“Meyer lemon cake with lavender sugar. Want this recipe?” reads the caption on Ali Larter‘s latest drool-worthy Instagram.

The resounding response from her fans: Yes, please! (Also one “Heck yeah!!! Looks amazeballs!!”) And after admiring the beautiful glaze flecked with real lavender, we had to agree. Someone teach us how to make this, stat!

Luckily, the actress was willing to share her inspiration and her recipe. “Meyer lemons are a more floral, less acidic sister to the more commercial lemon – perfect for squeezing into baked treats to add a special note,” she tells PEOPLE.

Larter also has presentation advice if you’re toting this to a spring or summer gathering: “Wrap your loaf in burlap and tie with twine … [the look] will have the party talking — and wanting more!

The star, who has a Meyer lemon tree in her backyard, recommends doubling the recipe. “I took the first loaf of the season to a party last weekend, and let’s just say parents were fighting their children for the last crumbs!” she says. Double it is!

Meyer Lemon Cake
Makes 1 loaf

1½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. flaked sea salt
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (plus zest of 1 lemon)
½ tsp. vanilla paste or extract
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
11/3 cups lavender sugar (recipe on Larter’s blog)
3 large eggs
½ cup almond meal

1⅓ cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp. lemon juice

1. Heat oven to 350°. With non-stick spray, coat a loaf pan measuring 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4.”

2. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and sea salt. In another bowl, mix together buttermilk, lemon juice, zest and vanilla. Set both mixtures aside.

3. In a bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and lavender sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Add half the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk mixture. Beat until consistent.

4. Fold in the almond meal. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake, 55-60 minutes.

5. While cake is baking, prepare the glaze: In a large bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved.

6. Remove the lemon cake when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto plate. Drizzle glaze over cake until coated. Sprinkle with lavender, if desired.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I love baking with meyer lemons. My husband loves them too, whenever he sees them he buys them for me to make him a treat with them. It’s usually meyer lemon meringue pie or meyer lemon sticky buns. This looks good, I’ll have to try it.

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nicelyy dresseddd….

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