Chocolate Cupcakes with Lavender Goat Cheese Frosting are tangy, sweet floral bites of wonderful. Oh, cupcakes.
How do you feel about putting goat cheese in a dessert? I know it sounds odd, but I promise, it’s unbelievably awesome. Actually, I’ve been kind of obsessing over the idea of goat cheese in sweet applications ever since I made these Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies for a holiday cookie exchange, last year. The cookies turned out so well, that I wanted to try goat cheese in other desserts, and specifically, I’ve been dreaming of pairing it with chocolate.
Thus, these Chocolate Cupcakes with Lavender Goat Cheese Frosting were born! I threw the lavender in there because I love the slight floral notes paired with the tangy goat cheese, and lavender is just one of those ingredients I find to be under utilized by everyone but me (I have an exorbitant amount of recipes that feature lavender on my blog…it’s kinda ridiculous).
These cupcakes taste downright sophisticated (along with being unreasonably delicious and addicting). The chocolate base is adapted from my favorite local, Seattle cupcake shop, Trophy Cupcakes. It’s perfectly moist, and somehow fluffy and dense at the same time. It’s my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe!
The frosting is a tangy, but sweet goat cheese buttercream that is lightly perfumed with lavender buds that have been ground into the sugar. Texture-wise, the frosting is very similar to a cream cheese frosting. It’s creamy and thick, which means it’s better for spreading than it is for piping, but hey, that’s easier on us, right? In fact, all I did was use a medium cookie scoop to dollop a blob on, and it kinda settled into little dome tops---super quick, and super cute!
If you wanted, you could try experimenting with other herbs in the frosting. I think both rosemary and thyme would be lovely, but I’ll always be partial to lavender ;)
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