These lavender-scented pink grapefruitcupcakes make a delightful treat for a ladies luncheon or afternoontea.
Recipe: Lavender Pink GrapefruitCupcakes
Cupcakes:2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons lavender flowers, (no stems) 1/2 cup pink grapefruit juice 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup clover honey* 2 large eggsPink Grapefruit Buttercream Frosting:1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup grapefruit juice 2 tablespoons clover honey* 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar 2 to 3 drops red food color, optional
For Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F(175°C).
Sift together flour, baking soda, bakingpowder and salt.
With the back of a spoon, crush lavenderflowers and combine with flour mixture; mix well and set aside.
In a liquid measure, combine pink grapefruitjuice and buttermilk; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy;scraping sides of bowl, as necessary. Add honey; mix well. Addeggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.Add half of the reserved dry ingredients to the butter mixture;mix on low until just combined. With mixer running on low, slowlyadd the grapefruit mixture. Add remaining dry ingredients untiljust combined.
Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until a woodenpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove towire rack; cool.
Frost with Pink Grapefruit ButtercreamFrosting, if desired.
For Pink Grapefruit Buttercream Frosting:In a mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add grapefruitjuice and honey; mix well. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time,until desired spreading consistency. For a darker pink color,add food coloring, if desired.
Makes 12 to 14 cupcakes.
*Any mild-flavored honey such as clovermay be used
Recipe and photograph courtesy of the NationalHoney Board.
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