Baking & Cooking

Chocolate Lavender Honey Cupcakes

We just returned from Penang and I brought back some really lovely stuff.

One of which is Lavender flowers, costing only RM$33.90 (approx SG$13) for a generous 70g.

 

Organic, no less.

 

The place I got it from is this quaint little cafe called Real Food at Straits Quay. Just gonna show you some pics here:

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Images from Real Food @ Straits Quay Penang
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Images from Real Food @ Straits Quay Penang

 

They offer a range of organic food, including tea, herbs, spices, jams and even some pretty kitchen and bakeware. I got a packet of organic Himalayan fine salt as well.

I’ve always wanted to try using lavender in my baking ‘cos it seems like such a whimsical ingredient, don’t you think?

Heh.

The herbal tea originated from Sonnentor, Austria.

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 So this is what I came up with:

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 Chocolate cupcakes with Lavender Honey frosting!

 

It’s sort of an experimental thing ‘cos the frosting I used was from a tart recipe. So it hardened a little after resting in the fridge. The next time I’m doing this, I’m gonna reduce the amount of chocolate so it’s more viscous.

 

Anyway, the biggest unique point of this dessert is the LAVENDER AROMA.

It’s like a whiff of Spring, sweet and fragrant. 🙂

 

Sounds promising? Here’s the recipe!

Chocolate Lavender Honey Cupcakes Recipe

Yields 4
For The Cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp well-beaten egg (less than one small egg)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
For The Frosting
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 scant tsp dried lavender blossoms
  • 35 g bittersweet chocolate
  • 10 g unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of salt
Making The Cupcakes
  • 1. Line/grease 4 portions in muffin tray with butter if necessary. (Usually I just use baking cups) Pre-heat oven to 180℃.
  • 2. Whisk milk, egg & vanilla in a small bowl.
  • 3. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda & salt, sifting them over a deep mixing bowl. Add butter & half of the milk mixture.
  • 4. Beat with handheld mixer at low speed until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium and continue beating until batter lightened and increased in volume, about 45 secs.
  • 5. Scrape down sides, add in remaining milk mixture & beat until well-blended, around 20 secs.
  • 6. Bake approx 20 mins.
Making The Frosting
  • 1. Bring the cream & lavender blossoms to boil in a small saucepan.
  • 2. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer 5 mins.
  • 3. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl; strain the hot cream mixture over the chocolate in the bowl, and stir until chocolate is smooth.
  • 4. Stir in the honey & salt until well blended.
  • 5. Pipe onto cooled cakes when done.
Notes
  • I’ve already reduced the amount of chocolate stated here so you won’t end up with stiff frosting like mine 🙂

 

Do note that this only yields 4 regular sized cupcakes, recipe adapted from the book of Small Batching baking for Chocolate lovers.

You can always double the portion for more.

 

I’ve read how some lavender recipes makes you feel like you’re eating soap. Fortunately, this one merely emits the aroma. The honey definitely towered in taste.

Tell me if you’ve tried it! ^^

 

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Lavender Honey Cupcakes

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wanting to try making desserts w lavender since my trip to a lavender farm in aus… but procastination got the better of me, haven’t get down to it 😉 Do you know if the Real Food in sg sells them too?

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    1. Procrastination? That sounds like me, LOLL~ And oh my, I didn’t even know there’s Real Food in SG! Hahah! Will definitely go check it out!

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