lavender cupcakes.

lavender mini cupcakes with lemon buttercream
mini lavender cupcakes
mini lavender cupcakes

Whole Foods has been fueling my kitchen creativity lately (hot pink apples, French bleu cheese) and my trip there on Sunday morning did not disappoint. I came home with fresh lavender, did some research on lavender baking (as to make sure I didn't end up with something that tasted like bath salts) and decided to make lavender cupcakes. I adapted this recipe by using brown sugar in place of white sugar, almond milk and half & half in place of milk, and a basic lemon buttercream icing instead of the lime glaze.

I was thrilled with the results; lavender cupcakes are light and refreshing, without being boring. The lemon icing was a good match for the lavender, although I've decided I want to make a dark chocolate icing next time (I can't help it, it's just who I am).