LOVELY LAVENDER
(and a delightful cupcake topper)

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ecently, while organizing my attic workspace, I came across  this heart-shaped wreath hiding (hanging) behind an apron rack.

I had forgotten it was there and when I pulled it out I decided it should be back in plain view.

This re-discovered wreath also provided the inspiration behind this post which is all about the color lavender. 


Throughout this post, I’ll take a closer look at the color lavender and also share how I turned these cupcakes into lavender treats with crystalized, floral toppers.

Yum.

lavender cupcakes
Lavender can be such a soothing color.

Take a look at how serene these lavender bedrooms look.  I really love the lavender, checkered canopy with matching head and foot board.

lavender bedroomsPhoto source: Internet

As lovely as lavender looks in home decor, it’s equally beautiful when it appears in nature.

I’ve never seen a lavender field in-person, but I’d love to one day.

lavender fields
Photo source: Internet

Once the lavender is cut from the fields, it’s bundled and off to market.

Here’s are a few photos I found on line of freshly cut lavender.

I can’t wait for the opening of the outdoor summer markets so I can pick up fresh bundles of this fragrant herb.

dry lavender market Photo source: Internet

If you love the shade of lavender as much as I do, perhaps you’ll enjoy these books devoted to all things lavender and the wonderful things you can do and make with the herb.

The Lavender Lover’s Handbook  This book has a little bit of everything from tips on growing lavender to recipes and craft ideas.  Pretty pictures and presentation.

The Lavender Lover's Handbook
The Lavender Cookbook  You’ll find more than 90-recipes in this cookbook which focuses on how to use the fragrant herb to enhance ordinary ingredients including soups, salads, baked goods and desserts.

The Lavender Cookbook

With all this talk of lavender, I couldn’t help but try my hand at growing my own small lavender crop.

I think it would be pretty cool to make my own lavender-filled sachets with a home-grown supply of lavender.  We’ll see how this works out.

lavender seeds

The planting instructions recommended 8-seeds in the soil every 15-inches.  I can barely see these seeds let alone count them individually.

In case you didn’t already know, lavender seeds are about the size of an ant.

lavender seeds in hand
I’m sure there are more than 8 seeds in each of these little square, germinating pots but we’ll see how well they do.

Keeping fingers crossed here.

lavender seeds in soil
I’m still keeping an eye out for full-fledged lavender growth but after about six weeks in the soil, only a few sprouts have made an appearance so far.

Ever the optimist, I’m still hopeful that I’ll have a small lavender harvest later.

Blog lavender sprouts2
Meanwhile, is there anyone who can resist lovely lavender pansies?

Did you know that lavender pansies can be used for much more than just landscaping?

lavender pansies
While pansies look great in the ground, fresh pansies can also be used as cupcake toppers.

Yes, pansies are edible.

lavender pansies and cupcake

First, bake a batch of cupcakes and allow to cool completely.

lavender cupcakes cooling
Grab some whipped icing (store bought is good) and add a very small amount of food coloring.

When it comes to food coloring, a little goes a long way so start with just a dot and mix to test to the shade.

Add more coloring if needed.  Remember, you can always add color but you can’t take it away so always use small amounts at a time.

lavender icing

Pinch a few of the pansies off the stems and gently clean the bottom of the flower with a wet paper towel.

Use a pastry brush to carefully brush a small amount of egg white onto the petals with egg whites.

NOTE: Raw, uncooked egg whites can pose a health risk if consumed so it’s a good idea to use pasteurized egg-whites for this step since this decoration will come in contact with food. 

Pasteurized egg whites come in a small carton and can be found at any grocery store next to the regular eggs.  

 

egg whites and lavender

Sprinkle a small amount of fine sugar over the petals.

The sugar will stick to the egg white and crystallize.

lavender sugar sprinkle

Pansies have a mild, minty-like flavor and unlike many other edible flowers, the entire pansy is edible.

NOTE: Not all flowers are edible so make sure you double check whether or not they are safe for human consumption.  Also, never use pansies that have been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides.

crystalized pansy

I think using a pansy as a cupcake topper creates a lovely (and quite unexpected) presentation.

Imagine how pretty these cupcakes would look on a dessert table.

lavender cupcakes and fork

As you can see lavender can inspire just about anything from home decor to gardening to cupcake toppers.

So, how do you feel about the color lavender

  • AC

    Beautiful prsentation !
    good going! keep up!

  • what katie's baking

    oh my, beautiful! lavender IS a soothing color. these cupcakes look wonderful.

  • Jakki Gee

    Lisa,
    You have reminded me of my childhood, the lavender my grandmother grew on her farm and the many lavender-colored pieces of clothing she wore and I admired. Fortunately I can now plan to bake and taste your beautiful cupcakes and relive these memories, at my choosing.
    Thank you so much!
    Mrs. “G”

  • cricri

    dear lisa
    if you want a lavander i can send you
    i live in france and i have a lavander
    you will see that
    if you are ok
    could you give me on my mail your adress
    excuse me for my english !!! it’a an english school!!!!
    in french
    cher lisa
    j’habite en france et je peux vous envoyer quelques brins de lavande
    comme çà vous pourrez voir de vos propres yeux de la vraie lavande !!!
    si vous êtes ok
    donnez moi vos coordonnées sur ma boite mail
    bonne journée
    cricri
    bye
    cricri

  • Sophie

    What lovely photos Lisa. I love the colour lavender, but have never been a big fan of the smell, I find it too overpowering, it doesn’t seem to sooth me the way it does others.
    I’ll be bookmarking yours 🙂
    Sophie
    (BYW2)

  • Casey

    How can anyone not love lavender! I especially like the photos of the fields. Beautiful! I bet the bees enjoy it, too. 🙂 See you around BYW2!

  • Jenny

    The sugar on those flower petals is a FANTASTIC idea! Thanks!

  • anastasia

    I love all shades of purple – such a gorgeous post and those cupcakes look ever so pretty! bet they were delicious…

  • Machteld

    Your blog is amazing, so much to see and to do, so much inspiration! Great to meet you in BYW2!

  • Signoraaurora.blogspot.com

    I love lavender and luckily we also have some in our mini garden!
    The idea of the frosted flower is so sweet! I will remember it!
    Thanks and wish you a nice day
    Eos

  • Mary

    Hi Lisa, Your blog is so pretty and rich, so full of goodies. Lavender icing?? That’s a first for me, but so pretty!

  • Karen Barclay

    Your photographs are amazing, your blogs must take a very long time to put together, they are inspirational. Thanks for sharing your amazing work all the way to the U.K

  • Karen Barclay

    I too have a lavender blog, this is the Lavender Barn in Alresford Hampshire U.K it is so gorgeous and is full of very tempting things. http://www.karenbarclay.com/everything-else/i-blame-the-rain/

  • Amanda (Wit and Whistle)

    Gorgeous photographs! My mom made me a pansy covered birthday cake once, and it was definitely one of my most memorable. 🙂

  • Linda Robison

    Hi Lisa, Yes, I decided to take BYW2 even though I didn’t take the first one. I marvel that you are there too because your blog is absolutely incredible!!!!!!!! I do not know how you do all you do. The cupcakes and post on lavender are wonderful. Lavender is so soothing, not only beautiful but the fragrance is wonderful as well. See you in class, thanks again 😉

  • Laura

    love me some lavender. color, smell, the whole thing.

  • Mary C. Nasser

    Gorgeous and soothing lavender post!
    I especially love your idea of crystalizing the lavender flowers as cupcake toppers…so beautifully photographed, too! Lovely!
    So nice to meet you through BYW 2.0!
    All the best,
    Mary

  • Rona

    Hi Lisa
    Thank you for your lovely comment and for popping by my blog :-).
    Love your lavender blog post and funnily enough I’ve just sat down after making some cupcakes and topped them with crystallised pansies…what a coincidence!
    I look forward to connecting with you on the BYW course.
    Very best wishes
    Rona

  • Joy Hall

    Beautiful presentation of lavender. I just can’t get enough of it’s soothing scent.

  • Kisha

    Lavendar is such a soothing/relaxing scent. I love lavendar. Great post! I’m walking away from the cupcakes:)

  • Jenny

    Beautiful cupcakes and a lovely post.

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