9.30.2010

Honey Lavender Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Spice Ice Cream (I found it on foodgawker.com)
  •  2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried lavender*
  • 185g unsalted butter (about 13 tbsps)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (floral varieties work beautifully)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Honey and Cream Cheese frosting
  • 250g cream cheese, softened (a little over 8 oz. but 8 oz. was enough for me)
  • ¾ cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place sugar and lavender in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. In a large bowl, beat butter, lavender sugar and honey until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla extract.

Fold the flour and baking powder into the butter mixture. It should be moist/stiff but not wet. Spoon the batter into 12 x muffin papers and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely.

To make the cream cheese icing, place cream cheese, icing sugar and honey in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until smooth and blended, scraping down the sides to incorporate all the ingredients. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. Use a palette knife to smooth icing onto cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with dried lavender flowers, if you like!

Results:  I don't think I used enough butter so these were a bit dense but still edible.  I also happened to have fresh lavender from my professor's garden so I used that.  Nice light flavor.  When using fresh ingredients, use about 1/3 more than dried.

2 comments:

GorgeousPuddin said...

Okay so what exactly is the flavor of this? When people add scents to food it always throws me off. LOL! It looks delish. Does the honey flavor stand out?

Jameil said...

It's not really a scent when you bake it. It's a lightly floral flavor. Rose, hibiscus and lavender are good for syrups and an unexpected sweetness. You can taste the honey and the vanilla. The lavender is an unexpected addition that's delicious. It was my first time cooking with it but it was yummy.