Lazy days, lazy sunshine, lazy fun and lazy cooking – what a great way to spend your summer! With their subtle aroma of lavender, these cupcakes manage to relax you with their delicate flavour, and are so simple to bake that you could make up a batch right now to enjoy with your afternoon tea.
I’ve been noticing lots of lovely crafts and recipes popping up using lavender recently, and decided to make good use of some of the beautiful plants growing in my neighbour’s front garden at the moment. The bees are in nectar heaven, but Big and Little Boo are not so keen on their visiting (there are ALOT of them, and Big Boo did get stung by one on holiday) so helping mummy to collect lavender was a brave task which was rewarded by helping to make these cakes, as they are so simple they are child’s play!
All of the recipes I found were either biscuits (I can cook a good cupcake, but my biscuits never seem so great) or called for lavender to be infused overnight with milk. I’m sure this does develop a much stronger lavender flavour, but I am rather lazy and impatient too, so if I want to make lavender cupcakes, I want to make them NOW. With this in mind we simply made up our favourite basic cupcake recipe, and added about 2tbsp of lavender flowers. Guess what? They worked a treat, beautiful, light and subtly flavoured and scented- enough to be noticed but not overpowering.
If you fancy a go, here is the recipe we used:
100g sugar (I used half and half but caster sugar is fine, or granulated if you don’t have caster)
100g self raising flour
Good vanilla essence, just half the lid.
2 tbs lavender flowers, removed from stalk Some of mine were still fresh and some had dried but both seemed to work)
We mixed the sugar, flour and 1tbsp lavender in the mixer first to pound the lavender a bit and distribute it. Then we added the softened butter and eggs (which Little Boo loves to crack) and finally mixed in the rest of the lavender, saving some of the fresher flowers to scatter on top of the cakes once the mixture had been spooned into it’s cases.
I do warn you though- eating these cakes may bring out the superhero in you!