8.27.2011

: bliss : lavender-infused champagne and cupcakes


To go along with the lavender wedding theme, here are a couple of recipes, for lavender-infused cupcakes and champagne. Perfect for a cake and champagne reception!



Lavender Champagne Cocktail

1/8 cup sugar* (see note below)
1/4 tablespoon dried lavender 1 bottle of dry Champagne Fresh lavender sprigs, for garnish 1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in dried lavender. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Strain out lavender. Refrigerate syrup until ready to serve (up to 1 month). 2. Pour about 6 ounces Champagne and 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each flute. Garnish each with a lavender sprig. *Superfine sugar is also known as bar sugar (so-named for use in mixing alcoholic drinks) or baking sugar. It is granulated sugar with unusually small crystals.

(Recipe from Martha Stewart Living)





Lavender cupcakes

Infusing the milk with lavender flowers makes the flavour subtle. The icing can be left plain, or you can use a bit of food colouring to give it a light lavender colour (makes 12).

The cupcake sponge

* 120ml whole milk * 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers * 120g plain flour * 140g caster sugar * 1½ teaspoons baking powder * 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature * 1 egg * 12 small sprigs of lavender (optional) * 25ml whole milk * 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers * 250g icing sugar, sifted * 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature * A couple of drops of purple food colouring (optional) * A 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases


1. Put the milk and dried lavender flowers in a jug, cover and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible. Do the same with the milk and lavender flowers for the frosting, in a separate jug.
2. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark three. 3. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined. 4. Strain the lavender-infused milk (for the cupcake) and slowly pour into the flour mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed. 5. Add the egg and beat well (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). 6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. 7. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Lavender frosting

1. Beat together the icing sugar, butter and food colouring, if using, in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. 2. Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Strain the lavender-infused milk and slowly pour into the butter mixture. Once all the milk is incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. 3. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy (at least five minutes). The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes. 4. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the lavender frosting on top and decorate with a sprig of lavender, if using.

(Recipe found here)


3 comments:

www.murkaeva.blog.cz said...

you have a beautiful blog, kind and scented with lavender and sweet. I can not speak English well and what I could for my 8 years with children at home forgot. Comment I write with the help of Google translator :-) And I lead my blog, like neck, crochet, cook and care :-) I love lavender. I come from Czech Republic, if you will want to visit me on the blog, maybe you will like me at least as I like with you. Eva wants a nice Sunday

I Sugar Coat It! said...

Recently tried your recipe for the lavender cupcakes - turned out great! Will also try the champagne some time. Thanks!

xoxolizlettsxoxo said...

So glad I found your blog:) I was looking for lavender champaign and finally know how to make it thanks to you! Your blog is so lovely, I'm going to reblog this on my blog:)