Lavender and honey cupcakes

26 May

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Have you ever met a beekeeper? I have met several over the years in my day job as a journalist and I am here to tell you that people who dedicate their lives tending to bees, hives, and all the paraphernalia that comes with it, are amazing.

I recently interviewed a beekeeper who I have met several times now. She is passionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of beekeeping and at the end of the interview she gave me a jar of honey from her hives.

This honey is nothing like the stuff you buy at the shops. It is thick and unctuous and just begging to be via a spoon dipped in the jar. Mmmm, honey. As the hive is located a few suburbs away it is possible that the bees may have even visited my garden to alight on my lavender bush.

I was inspired by a recipe in Good Housekeeping’s The Baking Book for these cupcakes. I didn’t even notice how few ingredients it had until I was standing with the mixer going, and then I was happily amazed.


125 butter, softened and roughly diced

125g runny honey

2 eggs

125 grams self-raising flour, sifted

buds of two lavender blossoms, finely crumbled, plus extra for garnish – ensure they are chemical-free, ideally from a loved one’s garden. These are from The Hungry Nonna’s garden – thanks mum πŸ˜‰

Whipping or thickened cream, for garnish.

The Hungry Mum - Lavender & honey cupcakes


Preheat oven to 170C and line 6 Texas-sized cupcake holes with wrappers.

In bowl of electric mixer beat honey and butter until combined.

Add eggs, one at a time, then beat. Mixture will look curdled, is fine.

Using a silver spoon stir in flour and mix until just combined. Scrape into wrappers and bake for 15-20 minutes / until a skwere comes out clean.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile beat some thickened cream until soft peaks, then dollop on top of cakes. Garnish with extra lavender buds.

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61 Responses to “Lavender and honey cupcakes”

  1. Fourth Generation Farmgirl May 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Beautiful photos! πŸ™‚

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    That icing looks so fluffy and I love the lavender and honey idea.

    • thehungrymum June 5, 2015 at 6:34 am #

      It is such a girly combo – and so delectable x

  3. Jasline @ Foodie Baker May 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I can’t believe there are so few ingredients in this recipe! I wish I can visit a bee farm one day, it’d be an amazing experience!

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2015 at 3:12 am #

      I know – so few items for such a great cupcake.

  4. Hungry Nonna. May 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    These honey and lavender cakes look luscious ,Can we please have them at our next family “do”.

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2015 at 3:12 am #

      Sure, Hungry Nonna. Luckily I still have a stash of your lavender πŸ˜‰

  5. hotlyspiced May 27, 2015 at 12:23 am #

    Lavender and honey are a wonderful combination. Your cupcake looks very pretty with the beautiful frosting. My auntie used to keep bees and when she would visit she would bring us some honeycomb – it was the best honey ever xx

    • thehungrymum May 27, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      Wow, honeycomb is like nothing else. Such a delicious, if somewhat alien-esque looking, treat.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 27, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    We listened to a talk by a beekeeper! It was so fascinating and we learned so much about the crazy life of bees πŸ™‚

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 8:06 am #

      Isn’t it amazing? The whole process is incredible. And the fact we can buy such delicious Australian honey for just a few dollars a jar – such a labour of love for many beekeepers.

  7. Linda May 27, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    They look delicious and I love the easy recipe!

    • thehungrymum May 31, 2015 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks Linda- it is probably the shortest ingredient list you’ll ever see for a cupcake recipe!

  8. Deblet May 27, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Nice combination. An old man who lived in our road was a bee keeper, he always had the.most delicious huge jars for honey for sale.Sadky he passed away 2 years ago and I always wondered what happened to all his bees and hives.

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      Oh, I hope someone ‘adopted’ his bees and hives. Every beekeeper I have met, and there’s been a few, are such interesting characters.

  9. Redbird Recipes May 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    These look delicious!

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 1:22 am #

      They vanished in mere moments when I took them to work yesterday πŸ™‚

      • Redbird Recipes May 28, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

        That certainly is the response I always look for when bringing goodies to work! Excellent job!

  10. Sammie May 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    I love that you used real flowers on the cupcake! So pretty!

  11. thepaddingtonfoodie May 27, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    Nothing a beats a three or four ingredient dessert.Your post reminds me of an article I read a few years ago about the angry bee keepers in Ribeauville – up in arms after discovering their bees were pollinating the sugary waste of an M&M factory some 200 miles away in favour of the flowery fields of Alsace. Sacre bleu they were producing rainbow hued honey. Not surprisingly the bee keepers refused to sell the tainted product. By all accounts the bees were attracted to the sweeter waste over the natural nectar of the flowers. Thankfully the factory was slapped with a huge fine and forced to clean up its waste.

    • thehungrymum May 28, 2015 at 1:22 am #

      I hadn’t heard about this. What an incredible story. Rainbow-hued honey – how very strange.

  12. hipfoodiemom May 28, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    I’ve never before met a beekeeper but I can only imagine what that honey is like!!! I love love the floral accents for these cupcakes!!! gorgeous!!!

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2015 at 2:27 am #

      The honey is ALL the amazing – I have tried it literally straight off the comb from the hive and it really is food of the gods πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your enthusiastic response!

  13. stephysweetbakes May 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    Oh yum, looks delicious

  14. Jess @ May 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! Love the honey and lavender flavour – so beautiful!

    • thehungrymum May 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      O Thank you – so sweet of you πŸ™‚ Honey equals yummmmm x

  15. dedy oktavianus pardede May 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

    Simply damn delicious sweet bites!!!

  16. Beck @ Goldenpudding May 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I love lavender in baking, and with honey as well…yum!

    • thehungrymum May 31, 2015 at 7:12 am #

      Cheers Beck – it really makes you think about the role of nature in our world when you use straight=from-the-source ingredients.

  17. FrugalHausfrau May 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    Ah gheeezh! I now have another recipe I HAVE to make!! You should really link this to Fiesta Friday! It’s easy, just hit the link up button put your info in, then add a link to them on your blog. You don’t need to get all complicated with the badges or anything!

    These truly look outstanding!!

  18. Von May 31, 2015 at 6:43 am #

    Haven’t met a beekeeper yet, though there is a small farm near us that keeps bees! Your cupcakes look amazing- i especially love the whipped cream on top- it looks so pretty! πŸ™‚

    • thehungrymum May 31, 2015 at 7:11 am #

      If you ever get the chance to have a natter with that beekeeper I recommend you do – they tend to know all there is to know about pollination, nature, plants, life cycles – amazing! Thanks for popping by πŸ˜‰

  19. bakeplaysmile May 31, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    What a cool flavour combination! You’re a very clever cookie!

    • thehungrymum May 31, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      The flavours are quite summery, even though it is the first day of winter here tomorrow in Sydney πŸ˜‰

  20. Ginger May 31, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    They look just too delicious! Wonderful idea using lavender, makes me yearn for summer even more …

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2015 at 2:22 am #

      It is the first day of winter here in Sydney and summer seems sooooo far away! Oh well, we will always have cake πŸ™‚

  21. peakperspective May 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    This absolutely perfect timing. My sister has just taken up beekeeping this year, and I’ve got a massive crop of lavender exploding in my kitchen garden.
    And it’s funny, I never stop to think about how lavender can be used in cooking.
    I am all for cupcakes. And even more so for ones that are heavenly scented and divinely sweet.

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2015 at 2:21 am #

      oh wow! So envious! A beekeeper in the family would be just amazing. You’ll only need a smidge of your exploding lavender crop for this recipe – unless you up the quantities BIG time!

  22. Jhuls June 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    I haven’t met a beekeeper in my life nor get near with the place where they keep bees. I love fresh/raw honey over the store-bought. Nothing compares to that. These cupcake look amazing! Happy FF and have a fab week. πŸ™‚ xx

  23. Sophie June 4, 2015 at 8:16 am #

    oooh pretty and delicious. bet they were pretty delicious!!

    • thehungrymum June 4, 2015 at 10:26 am #

      they were pretty good, I must say πŸ™‚

  24. Josette@thebrookcook June 4, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    I am desperate for that fabulous fresh honey you described…. mmmmm. Lovely cupcakes! Simple & perfect πŸ™‚

    • thehungrymum June 5, 2015 at 2:26 am #

      Fresh honey is like no other – unctuous and so full of flavour.

  25. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef June 5, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    I have some culinary lavender that’s dried, is that okay to use? I couldn’t tell if it should be fresh. These sound so good!

    • thehungrymum June 5, 2015 at 4:44 am #

      I reckon that would be perfect! Let me know how it goes.

  26. Monica | Life Out Of Bounds June 18, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    OMD! Lavender and Honey! I love anything lavender, and honey is one of the perfect flavor matches. And lavender is blooming around here! Yumm!

    • thehungrymum July 2, 2015 at 2:42 am #

      Hope you get a chance to make this Monica – you’ll be glad you did.

  27. The Hungry Mum February 17, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

  28. lanarichmond February 17, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    I want to make those cupcakes – I really like the post! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • The Hungry Mum February 17, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      I hope you do! They are easy but look so pretty.

  29. missemzyy February 17, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    We are interested in getting a bee keeper put a hive in the back of our property in the country. They are incredible insects! Your cupcakes look so cute and I’m sure they also taste delicious! I tried making biscuits using the lavender out of our garden but they were not that strong in flavour so I must give your cupcake recipe a go! x

    • The Hungry Mum February 18, 2016 at 3:44 am #

      I would love to have a hive! What an amazing experience, to have this in your yard. Some lavenders have a stronger taste than others, maybe you could add a bit more next time?

  30. clairneriah February 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    These look so good, this is definitely going on my list of things to bake.

    • The Hungry Mum February 18, 2016 at 3:42 am #

      I love these cupcakes, they make a lovely change from vanilla or chocolate.

      • clairneriah February 18, 2016 at 3:58 am #

        I’ll for sure make it in chocolate then πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing

  31. ChgoJohn February 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    Except for the occasional red velvet, most cupcakes that I see are vanilla or chocolate, too. How nice to see such an attractive and flavorful alternative. A friend had a few hives and they produced the best honey I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, she lost them to Colony Collapse Disorder and when her attempts to replace them fell again, she quit. Drat! πŸ™‚

  32. Anna @ shenANNAgans February 26, 2016 at 12:57 am #

    Beautiful! πŸ™‚ I wanted to get a hive for my back yard, my complex is all about sustainable living, there are gardens we can all eat from and it seems that things just grow and enjoy the environment. Thought it would be fun to make it even better with some beeeeeez. πŸ™‚

    Do I use fresh or dried lavender for this tasty treat?

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