Orange Creme and Lavender Cupcakes – yields 22-24 cupcakes
1 yellow cake mix – (I recommend using Duncan Himes!)
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
Purple food coloring *This is optional but I liked the effect!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line full size cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium or large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until the batter is smooth. I recommend using an electric mixer. Fill each of the cupcake liners about half full with the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. After about 5 minutes, transfer the cupcakes to a cooling rack while you prepare the icing.
*Eventually I’d like to try this recipe with making a a white cake from scratch! However, using a cake mix makes these cupcakes quick and easy!
Orange Creme Frosting – you will have extra!
1/2 cup softened butter
3 oz softened cream cheese
5-6 cups powdered sugar
4 drops of Young Living Orange Essential Oil
2-3 tablespoons milk (usually requires 3 tablespoons in my experience)
Orange food coloring *This is optional, but again, I liked the effect!
In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the orange oil, 2 tablespoons of milk and about a cup of powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar in small amounts until the icing is thick enough to stand on the cupcakes. If your icing becomes too thick, you can add the extra tablespoon of milk and some more powdered sugar until you reach the right consistency.
Use a frosting tip/bag to create a design on each of your cupcakes. In my case, I added purple sprinkles on to the Orange Creme icing to add a bit more color!
This was my second successful recipe using essential oils! I think these Orange Creme and Lavender cupcakes are going to be even more popular than my Lemon Creme Cupcakes!
Note: I only use Young Living Essential Oils when cooking or ingesting as they are guaranteed by Young Living’s Seed to Seal Promise. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils or how to purchase them, please visit www.yldist.com/mandabutler or contact me!