Looking for a unique dessert for Easter or Mother's Day? Turn plain vanilla in to lavender cupcakes with essential oils. The orange frosting pairs perfectly with this uniquely flavored cupcake recipe.
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Turn plain vanilla cupcakes in to a wonder with lavender essential oil. Add a dollop of homemade buttercream frosting with a drop of orange essential oil for a truly unique homemade cupcake recipe.

Looking for a unique dessert for Easter or Mother's Day? Turn plain vanilla in to lavender cupcakes with essential oils. The orange frosting pairs perfectly with this uniquely flavored cupcake recipe.

I bet you think I'm crazy.  That cupcake up there looks like a plain Jane vanilla cupcake, but I assure you it's not. This cupcake is going to blow your mind. My sister mentioned this cupcake flavor combination a few years ago after trying it at a party. I was completely intrigued with a lavender cupcake.

I think of lavender more as a scent than a flavor, but a few years ago I tried lavender gelato and it was amazing. So I figured lavender cupcakes had to be delicious.  I wasn't so sure about topping homemade cupcakes with orange frosting, but I went for it.

Young Living Lavender Essential Oils Cupcakes

To make the cupcakes, I used my lemon cupcake recipe and switched out the lemon oil for lavender essential oil.* Lavender essential oil is very strong and you only need 1-2 drops of oil in the batter. Start with one drop and go from there.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

I made a basic homemade buttercream recipe using all butter. I've been playing around with buttercream recipes and using butter or shortening or both. I really prefer the straight butter because it makes the frosting lighter and fluffier, but it doesn't quite set as well. So if you need the buttercream to sit well, add in some shortening by decreasing the same amount of butter.

I used milk as the liquid in the frosting, but orange juice would work, too. You don't need the juice for the flavoring, though. The orange essential oil provides plenty of orange flavor.

Delicious Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

I piped the frosting on use a Wilton 1M tip. I bought a Wilton Cupcake Decorating Kit a few years ago and it has everything you need to frost pretty cupcakes.

Lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting are perfect for your spring and summer events like bridal showers, baby showers, and Mother's Day!

If you aren't brave enough to try lavender cupcakes – check out these lemon cupcakes with blackberry frosting instead!

*I use Young Living Essential Oils, which are safe to eat. Not all essential oils are edible. Due to lack of purity, 98% of essential oils sold should NOT be ingested. An edible essential oil will be labeled “therapeutic-grade” and have a “Supplement Facts” box on the label showing the nutritional value – do NOT use just any brand of essential oil for cooking/flavoring foods. Be sure to use pure oils from reliable sources, not synthetic scents or flavorings.


Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting


  • 1 cupcake recipe
  • 1 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oils
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (more or less to get correct consistency)
  • 1-2 drops Young Living Wild Orange essential oils


  1. Prepare cupcake recipe according to directions replacing the lemon oil with 1 drop of Young Living Lavender oil. Bake according to recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3402kcal Calories from fat 1676
% Daily Value
Total Fat 186g 286%
Saturated Fat 117g 585%
Transfat 7g
Cholesterol 490mg 163%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Carbohydrate 449g 150%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 412g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Looking for a unique dessert for Easter or Mother's Day? Turn plain vanilla in to lavender cupcakes with essential oils. The orange frosting pairs perfectly with this uniquely flavored cupcake recipe.
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21 comments on “Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting

  1. Sue R on said:

    Looks and sound delicious but Is the fat and sugar content correct on this 😱?

    • No! The company that runs the recipe cards sold out and I’m waiting for a new product to be released this summer. I can’t figure out where they are pulling these numbers. I think it’s the entire recipe.

  2. Margerita Pennington on said:

    Do these need to be kept cold during the summer when outside. I was thinking about making some for a lavender festival to pass out.

  3. Tina on said:

    Young Living Essential Oils are not pure and not safe to ingest. They have pesticides in them and go bad quickly, been there and tried that, so be careful.

    • Lauren on said:

      That is not true at all. Where did you get your information from?

    • Tina that is completely untrue. Young Living Essential Oils are the purest and can be depended on for safety externally and internally. Our Vitality line is specifically for internal use. We test in house to ensure strict standards are met and then we send out for 3rd party testing. Young Living has been around for 24 years and continues to grow. There is no other company/brand of essential oils that I would use for myself or my family.

  4. The cupcakes are beautiful! The flavor combo sounds amazing. 🙂

    I am curious about consuming the oils. Is there a way to find out if my essential oils are safe to consume?

  5. I haven’t been brave enough to try anything edible with lavender, but I am now. Beautiful presentation!

  6. Who couldn’t be brave enough to try these?! They look delicious. Just stopped in from Sunday Features and your pics are totally selling me on lavender cupcakes. Beautiful!

  7. Cat Yates on said:

    When you make these, do you omit the lemon juice and zest as well, or keep those?

  8. Thanks for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend – these will be featured on my blog tonight!

  9. These look super moist & scrumptious! Never would have thought to include the lavender oil, but I can bet it would be a relaxing type recipe!! I enjoy using lavender for that very reason 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this on this week’s Mom 2 Mom Link Up Party 🙂 Hope you join us again, Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  10. These are really cute cupcakes. I’ve never thought of using lavender oil in them! Thank you for linking up at #PureBloglove Link Party! The party begins every Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. and runs through the week end. I’m hosting at http://www.homemadefoodjunkie.com. I would love to see more of your ideas!

  11. These look so yummy and I love all of the colors in the photos, great job! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try these!

  12. I have been seeing more and more ways to use essential oils not only for health, but in recipes, how great is that to infuse good health into our diets.

    Thanks for stopping by to link and share on The Oh My Heartsie Girl WW this week!!
    We appreciate you shared your blog with us!!
    Have a great week, Karren~Host