Lavender and Vanilla Cupcakes

Perfect lavender cupcakes!Is it spring yet? I feel like I've asked that almost every post for the past month—guess I'm ready for it. Lately I start with a coat on in the morning and by the end of the day I've ditched the coat and am in just my t-shirt with the windows rolled down. But my car air conditioner doesn't really work. Apparently. Oh well.Vanilla cupcakes with lavender frostingBut why talk about car air conditioners when we could be talking about lavender and vanilla cupcakes? I am a big lavender fan. I've tried my hand at lavender ice cream and marshmallows, so now I'm moving on to frosting. What I love about this frosting recipe is that it's a blend between a more traditional butter cream and a glaze. What I mean is: this frosting oozes. And it's awesome!Lavender and vanilla cupcakesSee? Oozy. It's not your average frosting. I love how it turned out, coupled with the subtle lavender flavor. Yum! But first let's focus on the cupcakes. I tried a new vanilla cake recipe (always trying new ones, it's fun to find new favorites). What I loved about this vanilla cupcake recipe is that they reminded me of sugar cookies. 🙂Sugar cookie cupcakesVanilla cupcake recipeVanilla Cupcakes, adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. Makes one dozen mini cupcakes.

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

Cream together the softened butter and sugar, until the mixture looks whipped. Now add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between. Then stir in the vanilla extract. In another bowl whisk together the flour, cake flour, baking powder and salt. Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stir to combine. Stir in half of the milk. Then stir in the rest of the flour, then the milk.

Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.How to make filled cupcakesLavender Frosting

1 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon lavender buds
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
purple food dye (optional) 

In a pot heat the milk and lavender buds over low/medium heat. Allow them to steep in the milk for 3-4 minutes (or longer if you want a more intense lavender flavor). The milk should become very fragrant. With a fine mesh strainer remove the lavender buds and reserve the milk. Return the milk to the heat and begin whisking in the all the flour. Keep the heat turned to a low medium and whisk until the mixture resembles a liquid (pour able) paste, like gravy. Remove from heat. 

Cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Now add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. If you plan to use food dye add it here. Begin blending in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until you achieve the consistency you want. You may not need all the powdered sugar, or you may use slightly more. It kind of depends on how thick your flour paste turned out. You want the frosting to be nearly solid but still have some ooze to it. 🙂Lavender cupcake recipeUse a sharp knife to cut out inverted pyrimads in each cupcake. This creates a little well for the frosting to sit in.Lavender frosting recipeGarnish with sprinkles. That's a step. It's a must.:) Enjoy these! xo. Emma

P.S. Got a sweet tooth today? Check out: White Chocolate and Nutella Truffles, Mocha Meringue Pie, Sea Salt and Chocolate Chip Cookies, Potato Chip Brownies and Raspberry Filled Cupcakes. Yum!

  • So cute and they must be delicious! I would love to make some this afternoon!

  • looks delicious! I bought lavender buds a while ago and have been looking for recipes to use them with.

  • I’m making these for Easter! I will also be trying a chamomile version with yellow frosting! You guys rock!

  • This looks so great! Can lavender buds just be bought at any grocery store?

  • My mom adores lavender– I should bake these for her on Mother’s Day ^_^

    xo Melanie

  • I made these and put 3 drops of red and 3 drops of blue food coloring – BIG mistake! It turned out a gross gray color. How do you get it that pretty bright purple?

    I took the cupcakes to a happy hour birthday party at a bar, and at least it was dark so no one could see the ick color! Tasted good though!

  • Lavender is my wedding color! Maybe I should serve these cupcakes…


  • The icing looks so perfect, such a great color! I really want cupcakes now…

  • Sweet! I recently got a bunch of dried lavender buds, and I think this will be the next thing I make (I also know to lower the amount because dried is more flavor packed than fresh!). I’ve been making baked goods and decorating my room in hopes the rain will stop coming and the sun will stay! Happy Spring!

  • Oh solovely cupcakes sweetie.
    Many thanks for this recipe.
    Now I´m following you in Bloglovin´
    I hope your follow me back.


  • oh dear heaven, have mercy.
    This recipe is probably going to make me gain a million pounds.

  • Oh my gosh! These cupcakes look delicious! Frosting is one of my guilty pleasures 🙂

  • These cupcakes look super cute and delicious! Thanks for sharing!


  • These would be absolutely lovely for national Epilepsy awareness day next week on March 26th since there color is purple. I work for specialist and I’m pretty sure they would love this!!


  • Wow, these are ridiculously adorable and something tells me they are also ridiculously delicious! Happy 1st day of Spring!


  • you’ve triggered my baking bone again!

  • You always have the most amazing-looking recipes on A Beautiful Mess! I need to start trying some of these out. I think I need to have a party just to have an excuse 🙂


  • Oh they look amazing, i love making cupcakes as often as i can and trying new things with them! I may not be as good as i could be but i will certainlu attempt these!

    Check my latest blog post from creme egg surprise cupcakes!

  • mmmmmm…. I’m hungry!!!! :DD I’ll try it!!!

    (Square Scarf + Leather Jacket)

  • I’ve never tried lavender in food, but I love the smell! Wil definitely have to try this recipe!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  • these look so adorable. BUT, I’m not sure I would love the lavender taste. I’d definitely try it though 🙂


  • yummy! these are just as gorgeous as they seem delicious
    kw ladies in navy

  • I LOVE these cupcakes!!!!! Lavender in color and taste? You can’t go wrong!

  • These are beautiful. At least you are ending your days without coats… in upstate NY we are ending our days with our coats zipped up even tighter.

  • These are so pretty, and I love that you filled them with frosting, great idea!


    Kristina does the Internets

  • These look absolutely wonderful and magic.

    Stephanie May*

  • MMmmm yummy.. They are perfect for Easter!
    And I like that they need not so much top sugar 😉

  • Nice! They look delicious and I like the idea of an oozy icing. But the big question for me is, “What are you going to do with all those little bits of scooped out cupcake?”

  • Oh my!! I need to make these! And I have some lavender buds left over (we are heading into Autumn here in Australia) so I will save them and make a batch. Thanks for sharing! x

  • These look absolutely delicious! Loving the color you chose for the icing.

  • These are so pretty and they look tasty!

  • Oh yum! I’ve been SO obsessed with lavender lately! made a lavender sugar scrub this weekend – life changing y’all!

  • I love your recipes, I wish I could make beautiful cupcakes like this! Last time I tried they didn’t rise enough! Ugh, I should try them again! Thanks for sharing!
    xx, Alexia from In The Mean
    xx, Alexia from In The Mean

  • These look so delicious and I love the idea of using lavender to flavor the frosting. So unique!

  • These look delish and are adorable.

    xo Andrea

  • Wow, I love the colour of the icing! So vibrant – ideal for the start of Spring time!

    Claire x

  • Looks absolutely delish! Perfect for Easter/spring time. I must admit, when you said that they taste like a sugar cookie, I felt an uncontrollable urge to make these dairy free right away!

  • Where can you find lavender buds?

    I feel the same way about spring – was zero degrees with wind chill here in Wisconsin today. Boooo.

  • ohmygosh YES! This is perfect for an outdoor tea party shoot! Do you think you could whip up a lemon & honey cupcake? I’m going to be experimenting it myself for a styled shoot i have coming up.

    Your creations would be a great blessing haha


  • these look so tasty! I really lavender flavour sweet things. had some great lavender ice cream in the south of France a few years ago

  • These look absolutely fabulous might have to dig out the old recipe book for these to go in. I’ve been looking over your blog for the past week and can’t keep my eyes off it. It’s beautiful and full of eye candy. Keep up the great work ladies you are impressing, inspiring and being amazing role models for young ladies everywhere. xxx

  • Mmm Spring really feels around the corner now! 🙂
    Love your fun recipe ideas!

  • Oh yummm, the icing looks exquisite, beautiful cakes can’t wait to try them out!

  • These look mouthwatering! But I’m bias because I love the flavor of lavender – so much so that I’m having lavender cupcakes at my upcoming wedding! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • I am intrigued! I just stared a cupcake phase starting with delicious red velvet last week. This week made some coconut/lemon cupcakes. Lavender is my favourite! I will definitly try them!

  • Two of my favourite thing together! Divine!

    Lulu xx

  • These sound delicious. I love the flavor of lavender.

    xx Kait

    ChickadeeSays Bloglovin

  • Yummy, yummy, yummy,the look so funny-tasty!

  • These are beautiful…perfect for Spring! Can’t wait to try them out!

  • These look amazing!

  • looks so yum! floral foods are the best tasting thing ever lately.

  • It’s been too long since I’ve made cupcakes!! I’ll have to make these puppies soon!! =)

  • These look so cute and delicious! I’ve never tried lavender, but I would like to!


  • They look awesome..
    Few days ago i made the Pink Lemonade cupcakes!!!!!
    They turned out great!!!!!


  • These look delicious. I love the idea of taking off a little of the top to make more room for icing.

  • Those look good,might gonna try this recipe!
    A few weeks ago,I made lavender & honey cupcakes,they were so yummy!
    Oh and thanks for the tip,because I didn`t know you should cut out a bit of the cupcake for the frosting!


  • wow these look amazing-going on my list of things to bake!

  • Oh my gosh these sound delicious and the perfect time because sprint is here. Lovely photos as usual.

  • Oh yum! These are so so cute and look so yummy!
    I saw the instagram about baking with lavender and was so excited to see what you were making, glad it was cupcakes!

    Juliette Laura

  • Seems delicious!

    My daily outfits in

  • Hmm… I love the lavender frosting idea. I’m now thinking this would make a great layer cake..!

  • I can’t even eat these because I’m gluten intolerant but they are BEAUTIFUL and I’m kind of sad!

  • They look like fairytale inspired cupcakes…

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  • These sound DElish! Wish I could just grab one off the computer screan and eat it!

    Thanks for sharing!



  • They look so lovely, I bet they’re absolutely delicious! Definitely going to give these ones a go.

  • these are so cute it’s crazy. can’t wait to make these come spring!


  • I have yet to try lavender food of any kind, but I think this swayed me. I have to try these.


  • oohh these look SO delicious! My body doesn’t react well to sugar, but I’ll defenitely try to find an alternative. Especially the idea of such gooey frosting is well intriguing! And with lavender, too.. This is possibly the best frosting I’ve ever heard of.

  • These look fabulous. I needed a reminder spring is still coming, we got hit with snow in Toronto today. Will definitely have to try out this recipe 🙂

  • Very pretty! Will look awesome for dessert tables for parties and weddings. Thanks for sharing!
    🙂 Liz @

  • I have had lavender cookies before and they were really good, so I am really excited to see these! They are also perfectly spring.

  • Looks so yummy. Would love to make a batch while hopefully all this snow melts!

  • Yum! Love the flavor combination! I can’t wait for spring! Unfortunately, I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow.

  • I love the surprise of lavender when you take a bite! cool way to frost the top with some of the cake still showing!


  • Those look delicious! I need to make them asap!


  • It looks so great! I love Vanilla and never thought of that combination….

  • Yummy. I tried lavender chocolate recently and was shocked at the flavor. It tastes just like it smells…delicious. hee hee. I must try this.


  • Am going to experiment now! Unfortunately I am allergic to lavender, but I love the idea of infused icing 🙂

  • These look so delicious! And they’re so pretty! I love the lavender flavor– one of my favorite latte flavors is lavender– so I think I’ll have to try these someday soon!

  • Yummmm. This is perfect! My mama’s b-day is tomorrow & her fav color is lavender… SO going to (TRY) to make these!! Lol)

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