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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Honey Lavender Cupcakes

Picnik collage

i entered a cupcake contest last week. i was so obsessed with preparing for it, i made two cupcake stands, i bought a proper cake box, i made kelcy help me with a catchy name for them and i even had kim design a sign/logo for me.


so imagine my ire when i received an EMAIL 40 minutes before i was due to register that the event was being postponed due to a major emergency. as of now, still no word as to the why. yeah. unless there's a different organizer, i'm not doing this event again.


Honey Lavender Cupcakes
adapted from Fuzzy Bakes

30g oil (any flavorless oil, i used grapeseed oil)
45g honey (infused with 3TBL lavender. warm up the honey & oil with the lavender. allow to steep and strain out when ready for use)
3 large eggs
40g sugar
75g cake flour (i used AP)
½ tsp baking powder

this recipe is for 10 cupcakes but i stretched it to 12.

Preheat oven 325F.

Line cupcake trays. warm and mix honey & oil, just until loose. if using lavender or any flavoring herb agent, strain out.

Sift flour and baking powder. using a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar until the batter changes to a pale yellow.

Throw in the dry ingredients and warmed infused honey & oil mixture into the batter. Stir quickly but gently until just combined.

Bake for about 15minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Icing #1:
1 stick of softend butter
4oz softened cream cheese
5 cups SIFTED powdered sugar
2 TBL lavender honey
4 drops of yellow coloring

mix the butter and cream cheese until incorporated. gradually add in the sifted powdered sugar. eventually add in the liquids (lavender honey & coloring)

Icing #2:
2 sticks of softened butter
3 TBL lavender honey
5 cups of SIFTED powdered sugar
2 drops red coloring, 2 drops blue

mix the sifted powdered sugar into the butter until reach desired consistency of icing. i didn't want to get too aggressive with the coloring, the goal was a pale lavender but it ended up looking still kinda white.

top cupcakes with icing, purple sprinkles and lavender petals.

verdict: i was going to enter for the Spring Theme. i did bring in test cakes for my coworkers who enjoyed the icing (they were 2 days old so the cakes themselves were a bit dry). nuria and i preferred the cake over the icing. there was a nice balance of the floral after taste and the honey during taste.

Leave Me (3 minute contest winning version) from Daros Films on Vimeo.

must see this short movie. it's beautiful.


  1. I think they're super pretty and I LOVE the cake stand. Sorry about the contest. I'm sure you would have won. ;)

  2. How lame is that?! I would be an angry Asian if that happened to me ;-)

    Anyway, your cupcakes looked lovely!

  3. Wow, the contest cancellation gets a HUGE thumbs down, but your cupcake stands are gorgeous, as are your cupcakes, and I gasped when I read the title - ooooh, I WANT those!

  4. How lame is that?! I would be an angry Asian if that happened to me ;-)

    Anyway, your cupcakes looked lovely!