Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lemon, Ginger and Honey Cupcakes with Lavender Buttercream Frosting


I can't think of a better way to start off my brand new blog than with a cupcake recipe!

I had been dreaming of making a lavender infused dessert ever since my husband and I took a trip to the Ashcombe Lavender Maze back in February. We stopped there for tea, and they served us these delicious little butter cookies with chunks of lavender all throughout. I had never thought of eating lavender before, and I was a bit hesitant at first, but the flavour is SO unique and delicate and just sings of spring time.


While shopping at the markets a few days ago I spotted some culinary lavender buds and immediately set to work creating a recipe. I love the combination of lemon, honey and ginger, so after a few adaptations from a buttercake recipe found here, I had some lovely springtime cupcakes that are soft and buttery, and so delicate and light! The ginger compliments the lavender so well, and I'm very pleased with the results. I think in the future I may add a bit more ginger (just because I love it). The recipe is below, and you can make it into a cake as well if you prefer. Simply just use a 9 inch round pan and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.


225 grams butter
130 grams + 45 grams caster sugar
2 tbs honey
Zest of 1 large lemon (or 2 small lemons)
2 tsp ground ginger
5 egg yolks
200 grams plain flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
5 egg whites

Lavender Buttercream Frosting
200 grams butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)

½ cup whole milk
1 tsp lavender buds, or culinary lavender
Purple food colouring (gel or powder)

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake papers.
2. Beat the butter, 130 grams sugar, honey, zest, and ginger on medium speed for 5 minutes.
3. Drop in egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. Sift flour and baking powder and mix into the batter.
5. In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add in 45 grams sugar and beat until stiff glossy peaks.
6. Gently fold egg whites into batter, making sure to incorporate everything without over mixing.
7. Spoon cupcake batter into paper filled tins until ¾ full leaving a small space at the top for cupcakes to rise.
8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and cupcakes are a golden colour.
9. Let the cupcakes rest in the tin for 5 minutes, then carefully remove and place on wire rack to cool.

For the Lavender Buttercream
1. Place ½ cup milk into a small saucepan with lavender and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
2. Cover the pan and let it sit for 15 minutes so that the lavender infuses with the milk.
3. Pour lavender milk into a cup and place in the refrigerator for a further 30 minutes to cool.
4. Remove milk from refrigerator and strain to remove lavender buds. Set milk aside.
5. Beat butter and sugar together until the butter starts to turn a creamy ivory colour (approx. 5 mins).
6. Add half of the lavender milk and purple food colouring and mix to combine.
7. Taste frosting; add more lavender milk or sugar if needed.
8. When cupcakes have cooled, frost generously with lavender frosting. Enjoy with some Earl Grey tea... yummy!


  1. Sounds so good! I attempted lavender cupcakes last month and they tasted like American breakfast sausage. We still can't figure out what I did wrong. :] Yay for the new blog!

  2. Haha aww... Yeah, I think lavender is sort of tricky to get right. If there's too much it ends up tasting like soap. But breakfast sausage is still pretty yummy :)

  3. Wow these sound great! :)


  4. Oh just gorgeous, they are so pretty and what a flavour combo! Lovely :)

  5. The flavor seems intriguing but I love the lavender buttercream frosting.

  6. This looks perfect, i will most definitley be making this one!

  7. perfect cupcakes!with the beautful frosting :)

  8. How many cupcakes does this make?

  9. Dear Michaela,
    You can see here.

    I made this recipe at that dose came from five dozen mines and around 8 cupcakes normal size

    I see that Nicol has written in November last year and since I am very pleased I decided to share the recipe