WHEN MY LAVENDER BLOOMS IN JUNE, I use the blossoms to make a perfumed icing that I pour over ordinary white cupcakes. These treats are not only heaven to eat, but intoxicating to smell. If you are short on time, you can buy already-made cupcakes from the supermarket. The icing takes only minutes to make:
A note about lavender. If you don’t already have this easy herb in your garden, by all means obtain it. The legendary scent is beloved by humans but loathed by critters. Deer, rabbits and woodchucks are seldom willing to cross lavender’s path in order to reach other, more desirable plants. All varieties of Lavandula angustifolium (including ‘Munstead,’ pictured above) are drought- and heat-tolerant.
Although I used cupcakes as a vehicle for my lavender icing, you don’t have to. A plain white cake, or the raised doughnuts I wrote about last week would make fine icing-options, too. Heck, you could even ice your fingers. I’ll never tell.
Kevin Lee Jacobs, A Garden for the House
Ingredients for 2 dozen cupcakes
24 white cupcakes (from scratch, a mix, or store-bought)
1/3 cup whole milk
3 fresh lavender blossoms, cut with one-inch of stem attached, plus a few extra blossoms for decoration.*
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
Optional: Blue and Red Food-Coloring
*Lacking fresh blossoms, substitute 1/2 teaspoon of dried, organic lavender.
1. In a small saucepan, bring milk and lavender to a boil; remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Then remove and discard fresh blossoms, or strain out dried.
2. Pour the scented milk over confectioner’s sugar and whisk until perfectly smooth. If the consistency is too thin for your liking, add more sugar. Add droplets more milk if icing seems too thick.
3. Optional Food Coloring: Stir in 3 drops of blue and one drop of red to l give the icing a violet hue.
4. Pour icing over cupcake tops. The icing on the cupcakes will firm up after an hour or two.
Think you’ll try these lavender-scented lovelies? You can let me know by leaving a comment. As always, I enjoy hearing from you.
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