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Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Cream Frosting

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Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 vanilla beans, scraped (optional)
  • 2 1/3 cups plus 2 Tablespoons cake flour, not self-rising
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract (use 3 Tablespoons if not using vanilla beans)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 drops Lavender Vitality Essential Oil

Frosting:

  • 4 ounces low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil 
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Lavender sprigs, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 18 to 25 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Blend using the back of a tablespoon to loosen any clumps of seeds, and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add olive oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, milk, and Lavender Vitality Essential Oil. Mix for 1 minute. Add vanilla bean and sugar mixture and blend until completely combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and Orange Vitality Essential Oil together in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Add sugar 1 cup at a time on low speed until completely combined.
  7. Increase the speed to high and mix until very fluffy and smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes.

 

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Pumpkin Hummus

In honor of ALL things fall right now, how about some pumpkin hummus using our Vitality line of essential oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Nutmeg, and Clove.


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Feel free to browse through our other recipes in the kitchen.