A few weeks ago while I was out and about in Brooklyn, NY I stopped into the Middle Eastern grocery store Sahadi’s and immediately fell in love with the place. My senses were on overload with the abundance of cheeses, pastries, hard to find ingredients and herbs & spices (and that’s just to name a few of the items you can find here.) One of the herbs I couldn’t resist buying was dried lavender.
A few years ago I took a cooking class where we made Honey-Lavender Fritters and I have always remembered how delicious they were so initially I was thinking of making those, but after some Google searches I settled on cupcakes instead – I can always make the fritters at a later time since I do have plenty of dried lavender left. I settled on a recipe from a fellow blogger – Sweet Society – and got to baking.
To start I soaked 3 tablespoons of dried lavender in whole milk in the refrigerator for eight hours.
After straining I set it aside and began making the batter for the cupcakes.
In the bowl of my stand mixer I sifted flour, baking powder and salt together.
I then added in softened butter and sugar and mixed all the ingredients together until the texture of the mixture was sand-like.
Next up I added in the lavender infused milk and an egg.
The batter quickly came together and was ready to be filled into my Spring themed cupcake liners.
The batter was the perfect amount for twelve cupcakes.
After baking for 20 minutes in a 325 F preheated oven they were done.
While the cupcakes cooled I made the frosting. I decided to try something completely new and opted for a Mascarpone Frosting which simply consisted of mascarpone cheese, heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar.
In one bowl I mixed the heavy cream until stiff peaks formed and in the other bowl I mixed together the mascarpone cheese and confectioners’ sugar until it was smooth.
Once that was I done folded the whipped cream into the mascarpone and sugar mixture until it was completely incorporated. Following that I piped the frosting onto my cupcakes.
These cupcakes along with the frosting were a winner… Definitely something to make again!
Makes 10-12 cupcakes
1/2 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender – you’re going to combine the milk and dried lavender in a bowl with a lid and set in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight, to infuse
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened
1 egg – room temperature
1) Infuse the milk and dried lavender as stated above in ingredients.
2) Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F).
3) Using a strainer, strain the infused lavender milk to remove the dried lavender.
4) In the bowl of your stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using a handheld mixer), sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
5) Add in sugar and softened butter to your dry ingredients from step 4. Mix with the paddle attachment on low until all is combined and the texture is sandy (the butter mixed with the dry ingredients should feel crumbly/sand-like).
6) With the stand mixer on low, slowly pour the infused milk into the flour mixture and mix just until the last of the milk is combined. Now add in the egg.
7) Mix for 15 seconds on medium speed, and then scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are combined. Make sure not to over-mix (over-mixing results in a dry cake).
8) Fill the cupcake liners 2/3rd’s full, bake cupcakes at 325 degrees (F) for 20-23 minutes or when a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
9) Remove cupcakes and set on a wire cooling rack until completely cool
Yields 2 Cups
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form (be careful not to overbeat, or cream will be grainy)
In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated. Use immediately.