Thursday, 29 March 2012
Orange Lavender Cupcakes & Cake Balls
I am so excited spring is here! Immediately you start to see a shift in food trends towards things that inspire thoughts of freshness and the spring blooms to come. I was inspired to use lavender. Have you ever tried using it? Don't think it's only for baking as it's fragrant aroma and slightly spicy (not in the 'hot' way) taste lends it self to savoury dishes quite well. But for today, we are doing sweets because that what I love to do.
Come with me and we'll make Orange Lavender Cupcakes! And to be a little more adventurous, we'll turn some of them into Cake Pops!
Before we begin, you might be wondering where the heck to get lavender. I got mine at a specialty grocery store called Michael Angelo's. It is McCormick's brand.
This is the easy way. Using a boxed white cake mix, prepare the batter according to the instructions on the packaging. Add to the mix, 1 Tbsp of lavender and the grated rind of one fresh orange. A micro plane works fantastic for that. Using paper cupcake liners, bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Remove and let cool fully.
The cupcake part is done! I used container icing and added some food colouring to make it a sweet peachy colour. The result was a wonderfully fragrant and tasty cupcake!
Next up was cake balls. Which I had never attempted before. Be nice, I know they are not perfect! (But they taste awesome!).
I crumbled up about 8 of the cupcakes into my batter bowl. Next, I took approximately 3 Tbsp of the container icing and mixed it into the cake crumbs until it was well combined and the cake could be formed into a ball and hold it's shape. The amount of icing used will depend on how moist your cake is.
Rolled the cake into balls and placed them on wax paper. I then put them in the freezer for a bit so they would firm up really well.
Candy melts. Good ole candy melts. I used white and purple to make the purple a little less intense. Melt the candy melts down in the microwave stirring part way through. Then roll the frozen cake balls in the candy melts using a spoon (or two), then place on wax paper until hardened.
So mine aren't the 'smoothest' things, but I learned. I think next time I would use a melon baller or something similar to make the balls so they are smooth and round. I will also do more on lolly pop sticks :)
Little boy approved!