I’ve had my culinary lavender for a while. I’ve made lavender almonds, but that’s about as far as I’ve ventured with my lavender. I’ve been wanting to try something lavender honey for a while and it never seemed like the right time to do it. I tend to bake with the seasons, turning to the rich and spicy flavors in winter, and lighter fresher flavors in spring and summer. Lavender seems like more of a spring or summer flavor. And honey… Well, that can only be inspired by flowers. So, with the cherry blossoms in bloom right outside my house and a light spring drizzle coming down, it seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at some lavender honey cupcakes.
I was concerned at first that the flavors would be too light and hidden in the cupcake and frosting or that the lavender would overpower the honey. My concerns were gone as soon as I bit in. There is plenty of rich honey flavor in this moist cupcake and just the right amount of savory lavender in the frosting to balance out the sweetness. I’m in love. And the frosting texture turned out perfect. It might be my favorite cupcake to date. (and I have pretty high standards)
These Cupcakes are available at A Cupcake Co.
My husband took me to Umbuntu, a vegetarian restaurant in Napa a few months ago on a date night. So kind of him to take me to a vegetarian restaurant, being a meat eater, himself. Of all the delicious food we had that night, the one thing that stuck out the most to both of us was the appetizer – lavender almonds. They were sweet, yet savory almonds with a hint of lavender. I didn’t think much more about them until I was visiting the St Helena Olive Oil Company and the food-grade lavender just practically jumped out at me into my hands and I knew I needed to try to make them myself. And make them I did. Like usual, I did a bunch of internet browsing and then crafted my own recipe.
They are absolutely delicious. And “step away from the almond bowl” addicting. I pass my addiction onto you cause that’s what I like to do around here…
(I have this bad habit of not taking enough photos because I get too excited about eating and tasting the recipe. I need to get better about that. I don’t have a photo of the finished product. Just this one where the ingredients are sitting ready to be tossed with the almonds. I needed to waste some time while I waited for the almonds to roast. So you have to just use your imagination what the finished product looked like) Continue reading