Happy to present lavender cupcakes today. It has been way too long that I presented cupcakes. During these one and a half years I have only shown you guys three recipes, that’s crazy, three only! And since lavender has been on my bucket list forever, I decided to give it a shot this time. Lavender either in a cake or in a cupcake, that was my idea. So I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe and added some lavender to it. Replaced some of the sugar with honey and added blueberries to the buttercream. May I present to you a summer symphony of lavender, honey, vanilla, and blueberries?
So, how is your cookie intake? Are you already done with them for 2017? In case you didn’t know, Germans have a special name for the cookies you bake during the holidays. They are called “Plätzchen” whereas everyday cookies are “Kekse”. Does tell you something about how important cookies are during the holiday season, doesn’t it? Two words for cookies, the boring normal ones and the fancy ones for the holidays. And since I love cookies (any for that matter), the holiday season is perfect for a cookie monster like me. Welcome to the Chocolate Star Cookie. This cookie is the star of the sweet combination of vanilla and chocolate – in all its glory.
I originally planned to post here once per week, but I am so excited, I am going to ignore that plan and post anyway. There are two reasons why. No. 1: Anna from the blog Teigliebe (in German) asked today which was our favorite spice for baking. Which made me think. The answer is really simple: I have come to realize that vanilla extract does give a recipe a very nice flavor. I have often been forced to leave out vanilla extract because it is soooo hard to come by in Germany. But the baked goods taste so much better if you add it. And no. 2 is because, you know, I finally found out how to make my own vanilla extract. It is so simple and easy, I am a bit angry I didn’t know beforehand.