Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lavender lemon ice cream cupcakes

lavender lemon ice cream cupcakes

Lemon lavender. It’s a flawless combination. It’s a Yankee candle, for god’s sake. Maybe it doesn’t have the richness, the addictive qualities of a combo like, say, peanut butter and chocolate; but it certainly deserves a spot in the top 10 cutest food couples. If peanut butter and chocolate are Jay-Z and BeyoncĂ©, then lemon and lavender are the 80-year-old married couple approaching their 50th anniversary of peace and bliss.

Did I just anthropomorphize flavor combinations as romantic relationships? Yes, I did. You know what I mean.

In picking my cupcake flavor for the ice cream cupcake contest, I was tempted to go the predictable big and bold and chocolaty route. Pile on the chocolate, and you will impress nearly anyone. But what if I took a risk and picked a less obvious flavor? Well, let’s see what Avril Lavigne has to say.

Very insightful. source

Ah! That was all the motivation I needed. And here I am, tray of lemon lavender ice cream cupcakes in hand.

These cupcakes are getting 8...if you know what I mean.

These cupcakes combine four distinct components: lemon cake, lavender ice cream, white chocolate shell (not entirely vegan because of the dairy in the white chocolate, but there are dairy-free solutions out there I swear to god), and candied lemons. The white chocolate topping hardens on contact with the cold ice cream, providing a seal that keeps your ice cream scoops on the cake and the candied lemon slices on top of the ice cream. It all works out quite well. You get a variety of textures here as well—the rich pound cake-esque cake, the creamy ice cream, the crunchy white chocolate, and the chewy candied lemon. A true culinary experience.


As a side note: see that lemon slice? Yeah, it’s shitty. The lemons where I live are awful, with super-thick rinds and barely any juice. Candying them helps, but they’re still sub-par. I don’t really have anything to add to that; I just wanted to complain.


It's a hard-knock life, I guess.

Overall, I think these cupcakes encapsulate pretty well that elegant, floral lavender-lemon flavor. The white chocolate shell goes perfectly, a nice sweet finish to a subtle flavor combination. Not to mention it’s pretty damn cool how it hardens seconds after being poured on the ice cream. Science, man. Crazy stuff.

Yeah! Science, bitch!

Okay, I’m done talking. Here’s the recipe.


Lemon lavender ice cream cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


Lemon cakes (adapted from these blondies)

272 grams • all-purpose flour • 2 cups

300 grams • granulated sugar • 1 1/2 cups

10 grams • salt • 1 1/2 teaspoons

9 grams • baking soda • 1 1/2 teaspoons

100 grams • nondairy yogurt • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons

112 grams • coconut oil, melted • 1/2 cup

60 grams • fresh lemon juice • 1/4 cup

Zest of two lemons

220 grams • silken tofu • 1 cup

Ice cream

White chocolate shell (adapted from Serious Eats)

125 grams • nondairy white chocolate, finely chopped • 4.4 ounces

112 grams • coconut oil • 1/2 cup

62 grams • corn syrup • 3 tablespoons

Candied lemons (adapted from this recipe)

200 grams • granulated sugar • 1/2 cup

240 grams • water • 1/2 cup

2 washed, unpeeled lemons sliced 1/4-inch thick


To make lemon cakes, start by preheating oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.

Whisk together all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a blender, combine nondairy yogurt, coconut oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and silken tofu; blend until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined.

Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin tins. Bake for 18 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached. Allow to cool in tins for half an hour before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Chill lemon cakes while you prepare the other components.

To prepare your lavender ice cream, scoop out nice spheres of softened ice cream onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze until needed.

To make white chocolate shell, simply combine white chocolate, coconut oil, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stirring consistently, heat until 2/3 of the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and stir until completely smooth.

To make candied lemon, start by bringing sugar and water to a boil in a large saucepan. Heat until sugar dissolves. Add lemon slices. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer gently until rinds are translucent, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in syrup.

With a slotted spoon, transfer lemons to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Let stand to allow excess syrup to drip off.

When ready to assemble cupcakes, take out your lemon cakes and drizzle with a bit of white chocolate shell. Place a sphere of lavender ice cream on top. The white chocolate shell should solidify, sealing the ice cream to the cake. Drizzle some more white chocolate shell on top of the ice cream. Place a slice of candied lemon on top before the shell solidifies, sealing the lemon slice on top. Keep cupcakes frozen. When ready to eat, let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes so they're not rock-hard. 


I’ll be entering this cupcake in the Cupcake Project’s ice cream cupcake contest, as you can probably tell. Check out the other entries too—there are some pretty impressive flavors!


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you entered! And, these sound amazing!! You totally cracked me up with this line "lemon and lavender are the 80-year-old married couple approaching their 50th anniversary of peace and bliss". Hilarious and true! Good luck!!

    1. Thanks so much! And thank you for hosting the contest :D

  2. Looks delicious June, I love ice cream and cake together and you're right the combination of lemon and lavender is like a perfect marriage, thanks for sharing:)

  3. Good luck, June! This is one incredible combination of flavors---I'd vote for you!!!

  4. Good luck, June. These look delicious! So interesting how you topped them with ice cream. I'd love to taste one, i bet they were amazing.

    1. Thanks Oana! They were amazing indeed, ice cream and cake just go so well together :D

  5. Such a stunning combination...lavender and lemon! So many lovely things happening in these cupcakes..I'd love to have them all for myself!

    1. Thank you, wish i could send you some through the internet :)

  6. Love this combination and the square-shaped cakes! Jay-Z and B in fifty years, maybe??? LOL

    1. LOL yes we will have to wait and see, I guess! :)

  7. Brilliant combination :D.
    Lemon!!! I have almost opposite problem to yours ~ my lemons are juicy, thin rind but SOUR :(

    1. I guess lemons are a finicky fruit! I feel your pain :P Glad you like the cupcakes!

  8. wow these are so perfect, two my favorite things combined, I can eat them for the rest of my life!

  9. I always find lavender in sweet treats to be so intriguing! Sounds lovely paired with citrus.

    1. Yes lavender is such a fun flavor! I can't wait to make more desserts with it now that I have a whole bunch of the stuff :)

  10. Lovely! They look so incredibly moist and you can never go wrong with lemons!

    1. Yes the cake is pretty moist! Glad you like them Stacey :)

  11. These are lovely! I think lemon and lavender are just a beautiful combination. Winter is coming soon though, and hopefully with it, better lemons. ;)

    1. It is such a great combination! I hope to use it more in the future. Thanks Mary! :)