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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

  • For the Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. with the rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Line cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Then, in a small bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • Make sure to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  • Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Divide the batter into the lined cupcake pan.
  • Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to cool completely before frosting.
  • .
  • For the Lavender Frosting
  • Place the butter in a bowl and whip for 2 minutes with the mixer on medium speed.
  • Add the lavender and food coloring and continue mixing for another minute.
  • 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.
  • Now all that is left is to frost each cupcake using your favorite frosting tip. I used star tips to get this particular design.

Notes

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