Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lavender Cupcakes with Lemon Curd, a winner!

So last week I entered in a cupcake baking competition for a local shop. 
I love to bake and I thought it would be fun to participate. 
On Saturday I handed in my baked goods and the waiting game began. 
I wasn't to hopeful of winning, there were quite a lot of participants, why would my humble cupcake win?

But then the biggest miracle of my life happened (well okay, the runner-up, this was the biggest).
I won the contest.
Yes, you heard that right. I actually won something. 

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Just a little inside information about me: 
I have never in my life won anything, 
not a coloring contest, 
or a spelling bee, 
or a blog give-away, 
or a lottery 
(now my luck has changed I'd like to win a million euros, please and thank you).

And winning a contest doing the thing I love most, that's a big deal. 
It feels like such a validation for me. 
I might actually be good at this!

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So what did you bake, one might ask.

Well, ladies and gentlemen(the only men reading are probably my dad and the hubs hi!),

I won with these delicious beauties:
>I wasn't smart enough to make photos of them, so these awesome (insert sarcasm) illustrations will have to do.<

I'm not sharing the whole recipe here yet (too lazy to translate it from Dutch today), 
but I'll show you some of the steps in making them.

First soak dried lavender in whole milk over night:

Mix in the vanilla and egg.

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In a bowl mix together flour, sugar, a teaspoon of baking powder and butter. 
Stir in the lavender infused milk mixture and pour the batter into a lined cupcake pan.
Bake in the oven.

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To make the curd, combine butter, cream and lemon juice in a saucepan and heat to just under a boil.

In stand mixer whisk together an egg, an egg yolk and sugar. 

Slowly whisk in the lemon mixture, pour back into sauce pan and cook until the curd thickens.

Let it cool, fill the cooled and hollowed out cupcakes with the cooled curd and frost the cupcakes with lavender colored (and flavored, if you use some left over infused milk) frosting.


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I'm so excited and elated that I won! Doing a happy dance over here! 
Oh and the prize? A fifty euro gift certificate to the shop that hosted the contest, yay!

Have you ever won anything?

Love, Maria

p.s. If you're interested in the complete recipe feel free to email me or leave a comment.


  1. Congratulations, Maria! I would love to taste it someday! You are winner, I am sure Micha and Bastiaan think so and I do too! Love you lots and lots, MamaMarijke

  2. Yay! We're proud of you over here!

  3. thats amaaaazing!!! If I ever make it over there I'm requesting one of these for SURE :)

  4. Congrats on winning, girl!! These sound amazing! And I absolutely love the drawings :)

  5. ha, love your sketches... you should make a recipe book like that someday!
    and yes, your win is totally well deserved, this recipe sounds great ( and baking is a part of you:)!

  6. You are the best baker I know and your cookies and cakes are without a doubt the yummiest I have ever tasted. I am so proud I got to serve your cakes at our 10th wedding anniversary, before you became famous and your prices skyrocketed... (which by the way will happen if you let strangers taste your goods..) ;)



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