Getting #CupcakeCreative: Lavender And Vanilla Cupcakes

Posted on by Zoe

Baking is a hobby I could so easily become addicted to. Whenever I stumble across the baking section of a store, I have a tendency to get up close and study every accessory, utensil and decoration, and my first visit to The Hummingbird Bakery last month was nothing short of delectable. It’s another one of my borderline obsessions, along with nail art, skincare, and tiny, hipster tattoos (FYI, RyGos is a full-blown obsession, and it ain’t goin’ anywhere).

I think my growing love for baking is all down to my Libran tendencies of gravitating towards anything aesthetically and sonically beautiful, and making these lavender and vanilla cupcakes was a hugely pleasing, little pleasure. I also thought they would make a nice little entry into the #CupcakeCreative competition that Range Cookers have currently got going.

I quietly stole the idea for Lavender and Vanilla cupcakes from Lay The Table, and used my failsafe cupcake recipe, which is also super easy to memorise:

For the cupcakes (makes 12):
110g/4oz soft butter
110g/4oz caster sugar
110g/4oz lavender sugar
110g/4oz self-raising flour
2 free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream icing:
140g/5 oz soft butter
280g/10 oz icing sugar
A splash of milk

And here’s how I made them…
Combine the butter, caster sugar and lavender sugar to create a light and fluffy mixture, then add the eggs, self-raising flour and vanilla extract. Stir through a tablespoon or two of milk.

Line your cupcake tray with cases, and divide the mixture between them. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden on top, then make your buttercream icing while the cupcakes are cooling.

Mix together the butter and icing sugar, and add a splash of milk if it feels too stiff (it should be light and creamy). Spoon the icing into a piping bag, and once your cupcakes are completely cool, you can start the icing.

I decorated mine with shimmer spray, sprayed on top of the icing, followed by ‘Pink Glimmer’ from Asda, and added a cut-down paper straw to each cupcake. Try and resist for at least 30 minutes while the cupcakes set!

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