today i am bringing you these cute little honey & lavender cupcakes. they are quick and easy to make and the flavours are just stunning.
honey is very dear to my heart. my Pop was a beekeeper and he used to take with with him to go collect honey. i loved it, it was like a huge adventure! we would go out to his friends properties as he had bees all over, and we would pull up in his truck. he would prepare the smoker and make sure i waited by the truck while he went and smoked the bees out of the boxes. he would then remove the frames that were now packed with honeycomb and oozing delicious golden honey and replace them with new frames.
then we would take the honey filled frames home and into the bee shed we would go. then Pop would load the full frames into his honey extractor, it was a 44 gallon drum that he had adapted so that he could lift the lid and slide the full frames into slots. then he would close the lid and turn it on, the frames would spin and all of the honey would drain out. he would open the tap and the shed would fill with the most beautiful scent of warm honey and the honey would pour out into big buckets.
he would take some and pour it into a smaller drum with a tap that he used to fill milk bottles for anyone who came to buy honey. it was from here that i would sneak honey, i figured out if i opened the tap slowly i could get just a little honey on my finger and eat it and close the tap without making a mes or getting caught. at least that what my plan was, but it didn’t always work out that way.
sometimes when i was getting honey Pop would talk to me and i would end up with honey all up my arm. Pop would just laugh and help me clean off all the stickiness and take me out to the garden to pick strawberries, he also has a huge strawberry patch. i loved spending time with him, everything we did was fun and there was always new places to go and new people to meet.
these cupcakes remind me of him, when they are cooking the house fills with the same beautiful warm honey scent and the lavender frosting brings a delicate floral scent without being overpowering. they are light and sweet and balanced and they bring back all of the feels.
i do hope you try these, my cupcakes had a slight taste of ginger, you may find your taste a little different as when honey is used in baking each variety of honey adds a different flavour to the end product, some might add a citrus note, some may taste like molasses. i recommend using your favourite honey.
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honey & lavender cupcakes
- 135 grams butter, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 & 1/2 cups self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 125 grams butter, softened
- 1 & 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon lavender essence
preheat the oven to 160 degrees.
placed the softened butter and honey into the bowl of a stand mixer, and mix on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.
add the eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. once all eggs are incorporated add the flour and baking soda and beat on low speed until the flour is incorporated.
line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases. spoon the batter in the cases until 2/3 full. Bake for 10-15 minutes, take care not to over cook them.
place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
add the icing sugar, milk and essence, beat on low for 1 minute to incorporate then increase speed to high and beat 3 minutes or until fluffy.
once the cupcakes are completely cool, spread the frosting onto top of each one. serve and enjoy!