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Lavender Cupcakes with Orange Frosting

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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

For the Frosting:!

  • 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.

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  • Sue R
    April 8, 2018

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

    • Camille
      April 13, 2018

      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.

  • Margerita Pennington
    April 4, 2017

    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.

    • Camille
      April 4, 2017

      They are like any other cupcake! I find buttercream melts easily when warm so maybe try a different kind or use all shortening instead of butter.

  • Tina
    July 17, 2016

    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
      August 9, 2016

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

    • Kim
      November 11, 2017

      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.

  • Emily
    April 1, 2016

    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?

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

    • Camille
      August 15, 2016

      It’s different for sure and you only need a touch of it!

  • AJ
    March 20, 2016

    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!

  • Cat Yates
    August 14, 2015

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

    • Camille
      August 15, 2015

      Yes! It’s just a vanilla cupcake recipe I added flavoring to so you could use your favorite recipe or even a box mix and just add the lavender.

  • Deb
    March 27, 2015

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

  • Rach D
    March 22, 2015

    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

  • Diane
    March 21, 2015

    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 I would love to see more of your ideas!

  • Melissa Dixon
    March 19, 2015

    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!

  • Karren Haller
    March 19, 2015

    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

    • Camille
      March 19, 2015

      Thanks, Karren! I love cooking with my oils.