Congrats to: Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate for her Petite Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes
Again, you all did such an amazing job and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to participate in the bake-off.
I will be hosting another bake-off next month, so if you didn’t win this time around, there’s always next time! Please don’t be offended if you didn’t win this category. It was extremely hard to choose a winner and you all should be very proud of yourselves. You’re all tremendously talented.
Now for the winning recipe & the post that went with it:
Petite Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes
Where I found it: Adapted from a recipe I found at thecupcakerecipes.com
Yield: About 30 petite cupcakes (or 12 standard sized cupcakes)
So, if you remember, a few weeks ago I visited a lavender farm and in the same week bought some dried lavender at my local health food store. Well, after trying my hand at lavender lemonade, which unfortunately didn’t turn pink for me (need to try that one again!), my little baggie of dried lavender has been resting comfortably in my fruit basket ever since. I’ve been wanting to bake a lavender treat for a while now…I was just waiting for the right time…
Well, tonight I’m going to our neighborhood’s “National Night Out” picnic at our local park, and we have been invited to bring desserts to share!
Plus, Jess over at A Lot on Your Plate is again hosting her monthly “Use what you’ve got” bake-off contest, and this month it is all about cupcakes! And I just so happen to be thinking a lot about cake these days because my family has a lot of summer birthdays
Mmmm, I’m thinkin’…lavender cupcakes…
With chocolate chips. Of course ♥
I have mini chocolate chips, dried lavender, and purple mini cupcake liners. Perfect!
This recipe is so easy! I slightly adapted this recipe I found at thecupcakerecipes.com:
- It calls for self-rising flour, which I don’t have. Easy peasy fix: for 1 cup self-rising flour, remove 2 tsp. flour; then add 1 ½ tsp. baking powder and ½ tsp. salt. Mix well.
- It calls for ¼ tsp. dried lavender flowers. That didn’t sound like enough, so I used a full teaspoon.
- It does not call for chocolate chips. I added ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (they work better for mini cupcakes).
- It includes a frosting recipe, but i just dusted these little cuties with powdered sugar, and they were oh so sweet in my mouth:)
The lavender flavor is subtle enough to not be overpowering, but just there enough to be intriguing. Together with the chocolate and powdered sugar, they make for a very light and lovely treat. Without frosting, they are a perfect take-along (i.e. picnic-sharing) dessert!
Below is the recipe that I came up with:
What you need:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. dried lavender flowers
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. milk
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
- Put the sugar and the lavender flowers in a food processor and process briefly to combine. Tip the lavender sugar into a bowl with the butter and beat together until pale and fluffy.
- Beat the eggs into the butter mixture, one at a time, then sift in the flour mixture and fold in. Stir in the milk. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Line mini cupcake pan with mini cupcake liners. Fill liners 2/3 full with batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes*, until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
*Note: If baking standard size cupcakes, bake for about 18 minutes.
Please be sure to check out ALL of the other participant’s recipes as well!
Custard Cupcakes submitted by Lucie @ Lucie Loves Baking
Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes submitted by Quinn @ Baking, Sophistication, and Sarcasm
Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting submitted by The Blonde Lawyer
Banoffee Cupcakes submitted by Tess @ Chatter Cakes
Cheesecake Cupcakes submitted by Nickie @ Nickie & Company
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes submitted by Suparna @ Who Needs A Diet
Brown Sugar Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing submitted by Paula @ All About Baking
Marbled Butterfly Cupcakes submitted by Swonderful Smarvellous
Scottish Irn Bru Cupcakes submitted by Shoreditch Bakes
Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting submitted by Laughter In Paradise
Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes submitted by Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
Petit Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes submitted by Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate
Alcohol Free Pina Colada Cupcakes submitted by Chikn Fried
S’more Cupcakes submitted by Amy Sue @ Snazzy Biscuits
Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with White Chocolate Wasabi Frosting submitted by Tedde @ By The Cookbook
Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting submitted by Kerry, Alicia, and Devin @ The Humble Foodie
Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting submitted by The Culinary Capers
Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes submitted by Linguistics & Cake
Caramel Bottom Cupcakes submitted by Playing with Flour
Mini Jalepeno Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey-Butter Frosting submitted by Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting submitted by Morgan @ Gradually Ginger
Rose Flavored Cupcakes submitted by Mummy Bear
Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes submitted by Becky Smith @ The Optimistic Baker
Lemon Coconut Cupcakes submitted by Cooking with Ghee
Gluten-Free Fresh Orange Cupcakes submitted by Gluten Free Inaz
Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins submitted by Every Variety
Lemon-Basil Cupcakes with Sugared Basil Leaves submitted by Erin @ Erin’s DC Kitchen
Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes submitted by Cynthia @ Cynethizing Foods
Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting submitted by Ger @ Pretty Baking
Carrot Cupcakes submitted by More Then Oregano
Brownie Muffins submitted by Trang Quynh
Lemon Cream Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd & Lemon Buttercream submitted by Mark @ And He Bakes
Chocolate Orange Cupcakes submitted by Jenny @ Fika & More
Homemade Lemon Cupcakes submitted by Eileen @ The Joy Of Cooking
*If there was anyone I missed, PLEASE contact me and let me know! The last thing I want to do is leave out any of the fabulous recipes I received.
On a side note, I just wanted to thank all of you for participating in the bake-off. It means a lot to me that you guys are enjoying the bake-offs and my other posts. I cant wait to share next month’s category with you!
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