Spa Foodie: Lavender Lemon Spa Cupcakes

Lavender and Lemon, two ingredients often found in luxurious facials and aromatherapy massages are now being incorporated into a yummy, healthy spa-ish cupcake recipe. The dried lavender buds, lemon juice and lemon zest will be like a spa treatment in your mouth!

Ingredients
Serves: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Nutritional Facts: (1 cupcake): 152 calories, 4 g fat, 27 g carbs, 2 g protein

  • 1 cup white whole-wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t dried lavender buds, roughly chopped
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 T unsalted butter, cubed and brought to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • Ingredients for the icing on your healthy cupcakes
  • 1 cup loosely packed confectioner’s sugar
  • Fresh lavender buds for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F and place cupcake liners in a 12-cup muffin pan.

To make the batter:

  1. Whisk together flour, lavender, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg, lemon juice, and zest.
  4. Beat in one-third of the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Beat in half the buttermilk, followed by another third of the flour, then the remaining buttermilk and flour.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about two-thirds of the way up and bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the icing:

  1. Stir together confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Stir in zest.
  3. Drizzle over cupcakes and garnish with lavender. (Let frosting set for 30 minutes before packing or serving.)
  4. Serve right away or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe originally featured on Shape.com

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