I recently was at a event with Backstay Wine and we were talking about creating something with my Lavender Cake Mix and their wine. Here is the gourmet combination that happened as a result of this great pairing. I can't say I'm a wine expert nor do I know as much as I would like to about pairing wines with food. But... I know my way around a kitchen, and I know flavor combining, and I was able to achieve the desired outcome...a moist flavored deep dark chocolate toned cake with the deep richness of the dark red wine flavor with the uplifting sweet floral note of lavender. Yup a jackpot trio! We topped it with our Lavender Chocolate Frosting and served it with the remaining wine!
Chocolate can hold the bold flavor that the Marechal Foch has to offer. But you can use any type of merlot and get the same richness of flavor.
Chocolate Lavender & Wine Mini Bundt Cakes
Chocolate Lavender Cake Mix
3/4 cup Red wine of choice
2 Tbsp oil
Preheat oven to 350℉ and spray a mini bundt pan with nonstick oil spray. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine Chocolate cake mix, wine, oil and egg. Blend with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Fill each bundt cake or a dozen cupcake liners with batter about half to 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes, and 20-24 minutes for bundt cakes. While cake is cooking prepare Chocolate Lavender Frosting mix or make up your own frosting. When cupcakes are done using a knife test, take them from the oven. Let bundt cakes sit for about 8 minutes before removing them from pan. When cool frost them.
Everyone has a favorite Christmas cookie! I have to say that one of my favorites is Snowball cookies, or you may know them as Russian Tea Cakes, or even as Mexican Wedding Cakes. So of course we had to work some magic and add culinary lavender...cause yes, everything tastes better with lavender!
Make sure to use Culinary Lavender...not all lavender is the same when you cooking. You want a English Lavender. You can find it here.
When you bake the cookies I find that you just barely want a tinge of tan on them so that they taste buttery rich. If they overbake they lose a little bit of their richness.
Lavender Snowball Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups pecans, chopped
2 tsp culinary lavender
Heat oven to 325℉ .
In a medium sized mixing bowl add butter, sugar and vanilla. Cream together with a mixer on medium speed.
Add to your creamed butter mixture, flour, pecans, 2 tsp culinary lavender. Mix on low speed until combined.
Shape dough into 1" balls, place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 16-18 minutes or until just barely light brown. Cool for 5 minutes and then roll cookies in powdered sugar. Before serving roll once again in powdered sugar.
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Ohh la la! Yes, these are super tasty and fun for your next cocktail party! Need to bring a fun festive dish to a party this will be a winner! So simple and easy to make with just 4 ingredients!!! Lavender White cake mix, champagne, egg and oil and wham bam it's easy as that! The frosting is our just as simple with our Lavender Frosting mix and 2 Tbsp of Champagne....oh yes, it's super good! This is so simple yet elegant and will be a hit at the party...you won't be taking home any leftovers.
Each Lavender Champagne Cupcake is frosted with Lavender Champagne frosting! Dusted with Gold sugar and garnished with cute holiday picks! They go perfect with our Lavender Champagne Cocktail recipe that you can find here.
We dusted the tops of the cupcakes with Wilton Gold Pearlized Sugar which you can find here. We also purchased the cute gold cocktail and cheers picks here.
Lavender Champagne Cupcakes
1 Lavender White Cake Mix
3/4 cup champagne or prosecco
2 Tbsp oil
Lavender Champagne Frosting
1 Lavender White Frosting Mix
2 Tbsp champagne
Preheat oven to 350 ℉ .
Mix cake mix champagne, oil and eggs together in a medium sized bowl. Using a mixer on medium high blend for two minutes. In cupcake liners fill 2/3 full and bake for 19-23 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
For frosting mix your frosting with champagne. With a mixer blend until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes and dust with gold sugar. We got our gold sugar at Michaels craft store but you can probably also find it on amazon.
We love Champagne and if you are a lover of it too you may be interested in our other posts using Champagne. Our post on our Lavender Champagne cocktail using our Lavender Simple Syrup can seen here. Last year we did a post with a Champagne face mask you can find here. Cheers!
Holidays are about here! This chocolate candy recipe is great any time of year, but especially fun to give for gifts at Christmas. I always love how chocolate pairs with lavender and am always creating new ways to add the two together. You can be creative with your candy as well, sub a different style of nut, chips and even use holiday sprinkles.
You can get fun Christmas candy boxes online here. Add ribbon and a bow and you've got yourself a great gift!
Note-I keep my chocolate in the double boiler while spooning out the chocolate so the chocolate doesn't cool down as fast. This will give you a few more minutes before the chocolate begins to harden.
Chocolate Lavender Candy
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup pecans
2 Tbsp Culinary Lavender
Bring a double boiler to boiling then turn heat to medium low. Add to your hot double boiler 2 cups chocolate chips, and coconut oil. Stir your chocolate until melted then add and stir in your vanilla. Chocolate chips can be temperamental so once it is melted, quickly make a tray of round disks and sprinkle on your nuts and lavender. I like to gently press my nuts into the chocolate so they don't fall off later. Be careful your chocolate will be hot.
Once your chocolate candy has cured you can put it in a cute gift box to give to friends! Let us know what you think of it!
I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.