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Lavender Vanilla Cupcakes

Delectable vanilla cupcakes are topped with a mouth-watering lavender flavored buttercream frosting is this simple Lavender Vanilla Cupcakes recipe.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Author Bullock's Buzz

Ingredients

  • For The Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean with the seeds scraped out
  • .
  • For the Lavender Frosting
  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks - real butter, not shortening or margarine or butter substitutes, at room temp.
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp food grade lavender extract
  • 1 drop Wilton Purple Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. For the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  3. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  5. Then, in a small bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds. Set aside.
  6. Using an electric or a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  7. Make sure to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  8. Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.
  9. Then, with the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the vanilla milk mixture in three batches, starting and ending with the flour.
  10. Pro Tip: when the batter is almost combined, stop the mixer and finish mixing with a spatula in order to ensure any flour bits at the bottom of the bowl are well incorporated.
  11. Divide the batter into the lined cupcake pan.
  12. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden.
  13. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to cool completely before frosting.
  14. .
  15. For the Lavender Frosting
  16. Place the butter in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes with the mixer on medium speed.
  17. Add the lavender and food coloring and continue mixing for another minute.
  18. Slowly add the confectioners sugar and continue mixing for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides on the bowl.
  19. Now all that is left is to frost each cupcake using your favorite frosting tip. I used star tips to get this particular design.

Recipe Notes

Using real butter instead of shortening, margarine or other butter substitutes gives you a much better taste!