Lavender Pear Cupcake Warning
If you are going to bring lavender pear cupcakes to a party, do not bring them to someone’s house who has just made lavender-scented soap.
My cupcakes and I arrived at a friend’s house who just happened to have blocks and blocks of lavender soap sitting out on the table curing. As newbies to the world of culinary lavender, how could my friends help but make an association between the soap and the lavender pear cupcakes? Most of my friends loved the moistness of the cupcakes, but thought:
a) Lavender tastes like soap.
b) The white chocolate frosting looked like gravy.
Bride 2.0 was actually a fan of this cupcake but thought it was too springy for their fall wedding.
Lavender Pear Cupcake Tasters Other Than The Soap Bunch
The second group of cupcake tasters were a group St. Louis food bloggers at a food blogger potluck. The majority of this group were not only familiar with culinary lavender, but were fans of it. This group loved the cupcakes. I can only assume that they were being honest. However, I don’t think the bloggers group would have told me if they thought the frosting looked like gravy. That’s why I keep my good friends around.
To see all the potluck food and food bloggers eating the food, check out J. Pollack Photography and enter keyword FOODBLOG at the bottom of any page.
Lavender Pear Cupcake Recipe
I created this lavender pear cupcake recipe by adding lavender to the bubbly pear cupcake recipe on Yumsugar. I am reprinting the recipe below with my modification and notes.
Vosges Bianca Couture Cocoa Ganache Recipe
For the white chocolate ganache, I used Vosges Bianca Couture Cocoa (No, they did not sponsor this post. I’ll always let you know if I get something for free). This cocoa contains Australian lemon myrtle, lavender flowers, vanilla, and white chocolate. I should also explain that it is not traditional cocoa powder. It is little pieces of white chocolate with all the seasonings mixed in. If you enjoy white chocolate (I say this because I don’t — not even when it’s particularly good white chocolate like this), you are sure to love this stuff.
It does however cost $17, so use any old white chocolate with some lavender flowers and vanilla if you would prefer.
Spring Fruit Sensations Monthly Mingle
I am entering these cupcakes into the Spring Fruit Sensations Monthly Mingle hosted by Eat the Right Stuff. Check there for more spring fruit cooking inspiration.