Soothing Cupcakes

Craving a cupcake? Skip the boring chocolate and vanilla and opt for something a little more eccentric. This recipe for lavender cupcakes topped with Earl Grey icing is anything but ordinary.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing

You can't help but feel at ease with each bite of these fluffy, yet floral, rich, yet comforting, lavender cupcakes with Earl Grey frosting. The lavender flavor is subtle. Just beware; the icing is so good you'll find it hard not to spoon-feed it to yourself! It's like a cup of tea, only way better.

Lavender cupcakes with Earl Grey icing recipe

Cupcake recipe slightly adapted from Kitchen Chronicles

Yields 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes: 

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon blue food coloring
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons dried lavender, chopped
  • About 2/3 cup light cream

For the frosting: 

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 4 tablespoons boiling water



Beat butter and sugar until creamy

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large metal mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric stand mixer until combined.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- mix butter and sugar


Add eggs, vanilla & food dye

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- add egs

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- beat

Stir in the food coloring and mix until you get a deep purple.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- stir in food coloring

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- purple icing


Stir in flour, baking powder, lavender and cream

Using a spoon, stir in the flour, baking powder and chopped lavender.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- lavendar

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- mix in lavendar

Mix until batter is fully combined. Stir in cream.


Bake for 13 minutes

Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- bake cupcakes


Make icing

Meanwhile, pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let steep about 10 minutes.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- tea

To prepare the frosting, beat the butter and 2 cups powdered sugar together until a thick, creamy frosting forms. Add the liquid tea to the frosting and add remaining 1 cup powdered sugar.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing -- beat frosting

Beat until an ivory colored frosting forms.


Frost and enjoy!

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle dry tea leaves on the tops.

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing

Lavender cupcakes with earl grey icing

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Comments on "Lavender cupcakes with Earl Grey icing"

Karen January 18, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Making these for the second time. They look and taste good.

Derek July 12, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Awesome tasting!! the best cupcakes I ever had.

Dave April 29, 2013 | 6:33 AM

Just made this over the weekend. Sounded like a novel idea, but tasted like a cross between women's perfume and maple sausage (o_O)... Will definitely not be making this again, but thanks for your creative ideas! Keep'em comin'!

Ryan March 28, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Never mind, I finally saw that it makes 12.

Ryan March 28, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Hey, does anyone know approximately how many cupcakes this recipe makes?

Melissa March 03, 2013 | 8:12 PM

What would that translate to if i'm using a lavender extract?

Angela February 06, 2013 | 12:59 PM

Is there a way to print out just the recipe without all the extra pictures? This sounds so ready for Spring. Thanks

Hannah February 02, 2013 | 2:11 PM

I love the idea of putting earl grey tea into the frosting. Seriously this recipe sounds fantastic. Thanks!!

Jacqueline February 01, 2013 | 3:55 AM

Might make lavender cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacqueline January 31, 2013 | 5:20 AM

Thank you for the recipe!

Rachel (teacher-chef) January 26, 2013 | 7:26 PM

These are such a beautiful color!!! The thought of cooking with lavender still makes me nervous (although I have had lavender tea before). These are absolutely adorable though, I think I might have to pass this along to my Maid of Honor to make for my Bridal Shower (lavender is one of our main wedding colors) - beautiful - thanks for the inspiration!!

Michelle January 26, 2013 | 1:16 PM

The earl grey icing actually seems really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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