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I want to give a last thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.
And I want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful host of this event, Terri of Love and Confections. This is the 4th year that Terri has hosted this event. It is time consuming and labor intensive and I want her to know how much we all appreciate her. If you have been enjoying all the posts this week please stop by her blog and show her some love!!
For this final post, I decided to make a dessert, featuring products and tools recieved from Nielsen-Massey, Kitchen IQ and Vidalia Onions. I found this wonderful recipe for Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting at The Pioneer Woman. This recipe is not from Ree but was a guest post from Jessica. It sounded delicious and I have been wanting to try lavender in my baking. I did adapt the recipe slightly but not too much.
I didn't have dried culinary lavender so I used a lavender extract. I also had some gargantuan lemons so I only used the zest of two of them and the juice from one. The juice was slightly more that ne 1/4 c. called for in the recipe so I used less milk than in the original.
Of course, I used Dixie Crystals for my sugar products. This is a photo of what they are giving away to one of our lucky readers. Did you enter back at the beginning when I reminded you? No? Well, hurry up about it....I wish I could enter to win this great gift!!
These gorgeous cupcakes are the perfect dessert for a Springtime brunch. I am showcasing them for Mother's Day but they would work beautifully for Easter, a Spring Tea or a Baby Shower.
Thank you again for sharing Brunch Week with us. Don't forget to scroll down below the recipe to take a look at the other's final Brunch Week posts.
Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting
slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman
1 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
zest of two large lemons
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
1 large egg + 2 large egg whites
1 t. vanilla
1 t. lemon extract (I used Nielsen-Massey)
Juice of 1 large lemon + milk to equal 3/4 cup
3/4 c. butter, room temperature
3 c. Powdered sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. lavender extract
1 t. half and half
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and each egg white, beating well after each. Mix in the vanilla, zest and lemon extract. Turn mixer to low speed and add half of the flour mixture until combined. Mix in the lemon/milk mixture and the remaining flour mixture, beating until combined.
Divide batter between 12 cupcake tins with liners. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 16-18 minutes or until tops are set. Let cool completely before frosting.
Cream the butter in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Gradually add the powdered sugar at low speed until incorporated. Add the cream, vanilla and lavender. Increase the speed and beat until light and fluffy adding more cream or sugar if needed for desired consistency.
Here are the final offerings of the rest of the Brunch Week Bunch.
- Iced Caramel Coffee by The Redhead Baker
- Chocolate Muffins by The Texan New Yorker
- Cinnamon Apple Pancakes by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Cinnamon Roll Apple Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Cranberry Orange Muffins by Books n' Cooks
- Oatmeal Walnut Waffles with Fried Apples by Love & Confections
- Orange Sweet Rolls by Making Miracles
- Raspberry Coffee Cake by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Rosemary and Cornmeal Cake by Jane's Adventures in Dinner
- Watermelon Noodle Salad by Forking Up
- Baked Salmon with Citrus Yogurt Sauce by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Cheddar French Toast with Crab Hollandaise by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Salted Coffee Caramel Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp by Palatable Pastime