Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Elderflower Cupcakes with Bee Pollen Frosting


So, when I was online waaaaay too late last night, I saw this post - Mini Chamomile Cakes with Honey Frosting - pop up from one of my very favorite foodie bloggers - Heather at girlichef. Ummmm. Mini. Cake. Honey. Yes, yes, yes!
 
I am admittedly not a fan of chamomile. I like seeing them in a dewy meadow; when I have a cold I will breathe in a chamomile-laden mist. But in a teacup, or a cake, no thank you. Since I have had dried elderflower blossoms in my cupboard for far too long - from a Scandinavian liqueur I intended to make but never got around to doing - I decided to go with that. And loving the honey-theme, I added bee pollen for good measure. These were devoured for breakfast this morning. Delicious!

Cakes...
1/4 olive oil
1 c white whole wheat flour
¾ c organic raw sugar
1 T organic honey
1 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
pinch of pink Himalaya salt
3 T dried elderflower blossoms
1 T bee pollen
½ C organic whole milk
1 large egg
1 t honey liqueur

Frosting...
2 C organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T organic honey
6 T organic whole milk
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners and set aside.
    Mix all ingredients together until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Divide batter into prepared pans, filling each cup about halfway. I only got 11 cakes out of the batter, but my muffin tin is slightly larger than usual.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick/skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Whisk together sifted powdered sugar, honey, and milk until smooth. Adjust consistency with a bit more powdered sugar if it seems too loose or dribble of milk a little at a time if it seems to thick.
Spread generously on top of cooled cupcakes.

Sprinkle with a bit of loose elderflower blossoms or bee pollen as a garnish, if you wish. On my photos...the top photo of the cupcake has elderflower blossoms; the bottom has bee pollen.

3 comments:

  1. These sound yummy! I'd love to get my hands on some bee pollen - very cool =)

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  2. @Heather, you can get some online at the Monterey Bay Spice Company. http://www.herbco.com/c-137-bee-pollen-granules.aspx

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  3. Whoah....elderflower and bee pollen! Incredible combination!

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