Lemon Lavender Cupcakes – easy lemon cupcakes with lavender buttercream frosting, topped with lavender flowers and fresh lemon slices. A new cupcake recipe by our contributor, Lindsay Conchar.
These Lemon Lavender Cupcakes are so light in flavor and will have your taste buds dying for spring! The sweet lemon cupcake with the light lavender frosting is such a delicious and fun combination!
So these cupcakes are totally getting me in the mood for spring! I know it’s still February, but we’ve had such crazy weather this winter that our bulb flowers are already starting to come through and have been for weeks now. I’m pretty sure we’ll have tulips by the end of the month. It’s nutty!
Our weather goes back and forth from being sunny and cold to rainy/cloudy and around 65 constantly. It’s no wonder the flowers don’t know whether to wait or just bloom. Every time I go to grab a jacket when I walk our dog Jessie, I have to open the door and see if it’s a light jacket kind of day or a heavy jacket, hat and gloves kind of day. You just never know! So these cupcakes are perfect to carry me into spring in February.
Lately I’ve been into trying out some of the floral flavorings that are available. I’ve always wanted to try them. I made a cake with rose water a few weeks ago and was surprised by how much I loved the flavor, as did my taste testers. It certainly had a floral element to it, but it was like candied flowers, if you can imagine it.
So naturally I was excited to give lavender a try after loving the rose water so much. Yet again, I was pleased with the flavor! Certainly a bit floral, but not in such a way that it’s unappealing to eat. It smells more floral then it tastes, which is kind of neat. Lavender is known for helping with sleep and relaxation, so it’d make sense to have these cupcakes as a late night treat. The sugar might give you an energy bump, but surely the lavender will relax you. 😉
The lavender is also wonderful with the lemon. It complements the floral element really well. The lemon is incorporated into the cupcake with some fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. For the frosting, I used lavender extract and a sprinkling of lavender flowers for decorating.
These Lemon Lavender Cupcakes turned out great! The lemon cupcake is light and moist and the lavender frosting is soft and lovely. Together they make a great cupcake for trying something new or a fun get together. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
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