Monday, April 2, 2012

Lavender Cupcakes with Meyer Lemon Buttercream

Today Christina from Dandelions on the Wall is guest posting with a delicious recipe. Her blog focuses on Gluten, Dairy, and Soy free recipes. She dreams up some delicious alternatives to traditional recipes. You can read more about her and her blog here. 

For the Cupcakes, You'll Need:
1 1/2 Cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Lavender Buds
1/2 Cup Earth Balance {a dairy-free, soy-free buttery spread}
1 Cup Sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cup Almond Milk

To Make:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
Combine flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, and levender buds in a small bowl. Set aside.
In your stand mixer, combine Earth Balance and sugar, whisking thoroughly to combine. 
While the mixer continues to run, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
With the mixer running at low speed, add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time until combined.
Stir in almond milk.
Divide the batter equally among your twelve cupcake liners, and bake, checking after 18 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted near the center of a cupcake comes back clean.
After several minutes, remove the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Buttercream, You'll Need:
1/2 Cup Earth Balance, at room temperature
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 tsp. Freshly Squeeze Meyer Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Meyer Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp. Almond Milk

To Make:
Add Earth Balance to a mixing bowl and whip thoroughly using your hand mixer.
Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, stirring on low speed to avoid a mess. Your mixture will be very thick.
Add lemon juice, zest, and almond milk, and whip for another two minutes.
If you desire a thicker frosting, add some extra powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time. If you would like to thin your frosting a bit, add some additional almond milk. 

Earth Balance becomes very soft, very quickly. If you're having trouble working with your buttercream, of if you'd like to pipe it onto your cupcakes, place it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to cool. 

If you don't have a pastry bag and would like to pipe the frosting onto your cupcakes, use a large zip-top sandwich bag. Fill the bag with frosting, then clip the bottom corner and use as you would a pastry bag.

1 comment:

  1. I love how that cupcake looks so yummy even if I haven't tried it. My kids would love them! It's just that according to the dental marketing clinic I went to, it's important to remind kids not to eat too much sweets so they won't get cavities or tooth pains.