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Chocolate Cupcakes with Lavender-Goat Cheese Frosting

I have a really good reason you should turn on your oven in this Summer heat…

Chocolate Cupcakes with Lavender-Goat Cheese Frosting | spachethespatula.com #recipe…these cupcakes! They’re absolutely worth warming up the house for 20 minutes—trust me!

Wait, are you busy curling up your nose at the thought of using goat cheese in a frosting? Again, you’re going to have to trust me here, it’s freakin’ delicious, and addictive, and I bet you won’t be able to stop sneaking finger-fulls! The slight tang goes really great with the floral lavender (um, yeah…I’m using lavender yet again) and rich chocolate cake. Plus, it’s silky smooth.

Oh, and this is not even the first time I’ve used goat cheese in a dessert. I made these cookies during Christmastime last year, and they were a humongous hit! So it totally can, and does work, you guys!

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The frosting is a buttercream that has the texture of a cream cheese frosting. It’s very thick, creamy, and silky, but doesn’t do too well with piping. I just like to use a smaller cookie scoop and plop a dollop of frosting onto each cupcake—super simple, but still looks adorable (especially if you use some extra lavender buds as “sprinkles”!).

This yet another recipe that I created for my friends at Food Fanatic (and one of my favorites, for sure)! I do a bit more explaining about these awesome cupcakes over there, so remember to check out my post on their site!

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15 Responses to “Chocolate Cupcakes with Lavender-Goat Cheese Frosting”

  1. Marissa @ In My Yellow Cardigan — July 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Would’ve NEVER thought to put goat cheese in frosting but this looks and sounds AMAZING! 

    • Rachael replied: — July 27th, 2014 @ 8:53 am

      Thank you, Marissa! It does sound like an odd combo, but sometimes those are just the best things, ya know?

  2. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — July 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! WHERE has a goat cheese frosting been all my life?? These look amazing, Rachael! I’ll bet the lavender flavors and chocolate go perfectly together! And your photos are stunning per the usual! 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — July 27th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

      Thanks, Sarah! Lavender and chocolate is like a match made in heaven, haha

  3. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong — July 26, 2014 at 1:43 am

    The cupcakes look amazing and so moist. . I am really interested in trying out the goats cheese frosting, it looks delicious. . 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — July 27th, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      Thank you, Arpita! This is like my fave chocolate cupcake base recipe because they are crazy moist!

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments — July 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Yum. They look fresh and perfect!

    Pinned.

    • Rachael replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

      Thanks, Melanie!

  5. Judith — July 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    These sound and look amazing. Where do you buy the lavender?

    • Rachael replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

      Thank you, Judith!

      I buy my lavender various places. I like in Seattle so I can find it almost anywhere (supermarkets, farmer's markets, etc.), but I know they also sell it at Williams Sonoma, and I've purchased it a few times at T.J. Maxx of all places, haha.

  6. Elle — August 5, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I am not sure how I came across this recipe, but I went ahead and actually made it (just now, ha). Since it’s just myself and my husband, and I happened to have 99 grams of goat cheese in the fridge, I made a third of the recipe–and it turned out spectacularly. It was really easy to make, tastes phenomenal, and looks beautiful. The cupcakes baked beautifully, and the frosting tastes perfect. Did you compose this recipe yourself? It seemed fitting for where I live (German/French border–the Black Forest) and it’s going to go fantastically with a cup of Earl Grey or Golden Yunnan. Exceptionally well done. 

    • Rachael replied: — August 5th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

      Thank you so very much, Elle! I'm so glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! They would absolutely go perfectly with a great cup of tea.

      And yes, I did create this recipe 🙂

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