I was recently contacted by a friend of my husband's who has had the opportunity to sample my baked goods in the pit. He's the musical director of "She Loves Me," a show that takes place in a Parfumerie in Budapest in the 1930's. He asked if I would make cupcakes for the first read-through ... his only request was that I incorporate lavender and/or rose water.
Lavender and/or rose water???????
I've never done anything with either of these two ingredients before ... so of course I said yes!
And the research began...
I found a pretty interesting recipe for lavender cupcakes with honey frosting, so I decided to give it a try.
Since I don't have a food processor, I had to chop the lavender by hand.
I then mixed the flour, baking powder, salt, milk, heavy cream, chopped lavender leaves, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
I tinted one cup of the batter purple ...
... so that I could marble the cupcakes.
I was only able to get 20 cupcakes from this recipe.
Finally, I made a honey buttercream, put on a ruffled ice cream swirl, and added some purple glitter for a little bling.
The inside looked pretty cool too.
The lavender taste and smell is pretty strong ... but not in a bad way. I felt like I was in a Parfumerie in Budapest. :)
Stay tuned for the the rose water cupcakes ...