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Monday, July 5, 2010

Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly, Lavender Blue, Cupcake, Cupcake

So on the day of my failed attempt to make Cookies and Cream Cupcakes I also came across a Lavender & Honey Cupcake recipe.  Everyone baking with me that day was not even, in the least bit, open to trying the flower spiked confection so I filed it away in the back of my mind as a thing to bake when no one is around to tell me no recipe!  Today was the lucky day!  The little package of lavender that had sat in my spice cabinet got to come out and show it's stuff.

I should put in a disclaimer here the actual cake part of the cupcakes have nothing to do with lavender it is only the frosting that actually contains lavender.  The cupcake recipe was meh... so I am not going to share that with you.  I found that it was very dry and flat!  If you want to check it out, do that at the library it is on page 65 of 500 Cupcakes; the only cupcake compendium you will ever need.  I am not in the least impressed with this book.  I would not buy it again or recommend it to anybody.  However the frosting for this recipe was quite delightful.

Lavender & Honey Frosting

1 cup Cream Cheese, Softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/3 cup honey (I choose agave nectar and it worked wonderful!)
2 Tablespoons dried lavender (I found it at Cost Plus World Market)
Lavender Gel Food Color

Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a med. bowl with a mixer until light and creamy. Beat in the honey and some of the gel food color. Stir in half of the lavender flowers.

After your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe has cooled simply dip the cupcake into the frosting.
Sprinkle some lavender flowers and sugar pearls on top of the cupcake and enjoy!
PS: I am really not trying to keep the cake recipe a secret.  It just isn't worth typing out because the cupcakes were dry.  Please use your very own favorite vanilla cupcake recipe or... gasp even a boxed one.  It will be much better for the sake of the frosting!


  1. sounds great! Are they super sweet>? I wonder why you would use Agave & Honey? I have some fresh lavender I will try making these cakes with!

  2. My boss just gave me some fresh lavender...what a fitting blog post for me to see tonight!

  3. well I have to say the cupcake sure did look wonderful...I have never used lavender, but your making me want to try it....dilly dilly!

  4. what a great idea! I love floral flavors. This would be interesting and fun to serve. thanks for being honest about the cupcakes. I won't post a recipe I don't like either. cheers!

  5. It's so refreshing when people actually say that a recipe is bad. We try so hard to keep up the image that all of our creations are to die for. That lavender icing sounds really good. I wonder if any old lavender would do? I have some growing in my backyard. It may just end up on a cupcake one of these days!!

  6. HI Kristen,
    French Lavender is used for cooking. At least that is what my friend Chef Nick told me.
    Hope that helps,
    Becky Sue

  7. Now could you use dried lavender from the garden? They look really good, love the thought of the lavender.

  8. Hi Everybody! Thanks for all of your posts. If you all really want to read a funny story of bad cupcakes you should take a look at my post Cupcakes gone Wild http://bscooks.blogspot.com/2010/05/cupcakes-gone-wild.html

    Now them were some bad cupcakes! LOL

  9. Just to clarify something for some readers. I used Agave nectar in place of the honey.