Lavender cupcake recipe?

Marie Antoinette
Posted on 04/14/2012 by sweet_mizery
So a friend of mine wants me to bake some lavender cupcakes for a party she is throwing. It would be a great way to get my name out there but I have never baked with lavender before and need a good recipe for some cupcakes. Preferably a recipe you have tried before so I can get an idea of what it is supposed to taste like.

Another question I had was about cupcake size. I went to a Gigi's cupcakes today and noticed their "normal" size cupcakes are actually quite bigger than ones I bake in a normal 12 count muffin pan. Do the basic pan sizes range in diameter? Is there a specific type I need to get for mine to be that big as well or is it a technique they are possibly using?
doc__holliday 15th-Apr-2012 06:10 am (UTC)
I've baked lavender cakes with success; I find pairing lavender with vanilla and lemon zest works very well to bring out the flavour!
I don't ahve a cupcake recipe, but I suppose a plain white, vanilla cupcake with chopped lavender leaves would do the trick!
annabelle_blue 15th-Apr-2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
I agree! I love lavender with lemon and a touch of vanilla! You can usually "steep" lavender in the liquid to get the flavor, too, without having to include the leaves or buds in the actual baking.

scivolare 15th-Apr-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I have to agree. If you use the leaves (rather than allowing them to flavor a syrup), you will be in for a very powerful lavender taste. When I baked some madeleines with them a few years ago, it reminded more of potpourri than a baked good.

But I have to third the suggestion of pairing it with lemon!!! I'm sure that vanilla would work well with the 2 flavors as well :)
sweet_mizery 17th-Apr-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
What do you know about using lavender extract instead of the flower?
kamaliitaru 15th-Apr-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
I don't have a lavender cupcake recipe, but I do want to caution you to be careful with the amount of lavender, it can quickly overpower, and your cupcakes will taste like you are eating pot pori.

As far as cupcake size, the answer is, it depends. There are quite a few sizes of cupcakes. Are yours shorter, or fatter? There are large cupcake tins, mini's, and "normal" size. Sometimes there are different sizes at bakery supply stores as well. It just depends on what you are looking for.
scivolare 15th-Apr-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
LOL, I hadn't read your comment before I posted. I'm with you on the potpourri flavor!
browngirl 15th-Apr-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
I bake a great deal with lavender, with and without lemon added; I use the flowers. For about 12 regular-size cupcakes, I would use 1 level teaspoon of lavender flowers, loosely packed -- pulverize them with the salt in a spice grinder or small food processor, and sift the mixture in when you'd add other flavorings. This will seem like a small amount after it's processed, but don't be tempted to add more -- too much and the cake will be overwhelmed and taste like bath soap.
doc__holliday 15th-Apr-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
I loooooove lavender sugar!!
simplycooking06 16th-Apr-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
I have seen larger muffin/cupcake "molds" at Joanne's and Bed Bath and Beyond, but the ones that I saw were only sold in sets of 4, so you would either have to buy a few sets, or bake 4 at a time. I would also ask your friend how she would like them because even though cupcake shops have slightly bigger sizes, your friend may not particularly care as to the size. If not, then you would be saving yourself a little money not purchasing the "molds" as of yet.

I own a small catering service and I haven't purchased the larger sizes because I found a little trick to get larger tops on the cupcakes. It may sound simplistic but it really works. I just fill the tins with more batter than usual. They take a little longer to bake, but as the batter expands it creates a larger top. They look pretty neat too because they look top heavy or something of that nature. My clients actually like them too. I would give it a test run, and see how you do with it. It gave me a little something new and different to offer.
Good luck
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