|Lavender and Honey Cupcakes made from locally produced ingredients.|
I am one lucky girl. Now I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, but I have so much to be grateful for and today I’m going to share them with you. Last weekend my parents threw me a party to celebrate getting a distinction in the LPC and my new job.
I’m thankful not just for the party with copious amount of Champagne, but for the opportunities and support they gave me growing up so that I could get to where I am today and reach my full potential.I’m also grateful for where I live surrounded by friends, family and the countryside!
|Wandering through Hitchin Lavender Fields, Ickleford|
London and our only green space becomes an inner city allotment.
With two jars of local honey in the cupboard, I already knew that honey cakes would be on the menu but I wanted to add a twist.
Mr KG (another person I’m incredibly thankful for having n my life after 8 and a half years together) and I decided to spend our Saturday walking through the local lavender fields spotting bumblebees and butterflies amongst the flowers. They opened for the first time this year and for just £4 per adult – with kids going free – you can pick as much of their 15 varieties of lavender as you like! They even give you a bag to carry it home in and scissors to do the cutting.
They don’t just make their money by letting locals come and
cut their own. The lavender is also used in a number of food and beauty
products which you can buy in their barn shop. They also produce essential oils
(which I may have to stock up on!)
|Floral fancies - Lavender infused Honey Cakes|
After browsing around the barn I came across their lavender honey and it suddenly occurred to me that lavender and honey cakes were the twist I was looking for! We’d seen in the hours we’d spent wandering the fields just how much the bumble bees loved the lavender so I was sure that my family would love the cakes too.If you don’t fancy hand picking your own lavender to add fragrance to your sugar or to decorate the top you can now buy lavender sugar in supermarkets (such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose). It would be fab if you could use local honey in your cakes too, but any old jar of runny honey will do the trick!
My favourite thing about these cakes is the delicacy of the flavours. The honey gives the cakes a beautiful, deep golden finish but the flavour is mellow and rich. The lavender gives a flowery note which dances on your taste buds.
Here’s how to make them:
|Bees collecting pollen to make honey for the cakes!|
Top tips for making these cakes:
- Create your own lavendar infused sugar but placing lavendar sprigs in a jar with your sugar. Give it a shake and leave at least overnight to infuse!
- Don't panic if the mix is a little runnier than normal - that's just the honey!
- To get the perfect rose swirl use a Wilton 1M nozle and pipe from the inside out.
- Love your local producers and look for honey and lavender from your area.
|Picking the lavender for the cakes|