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lavender and honey cupcake recipe

lavender and honey cupcake recipe

Recently we hosted our first RSPCA Cupcake Day at Locale. It was a huge success and we had a lot of regular customers really making an effort to support us by eating cupcakes. Tough gig I know! I baked Lavender and Honey Cupcakes from the book 500 Cupcakes by Fergal Connolly and they were pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Laura and I are huge lavender fans and love using it in baking. This combined with access to some beautiful lavender culinary products in store and I knew I had to make them. A few people have asked for the recipe so here it is! If you are struggling to find culinary lavender or lavender honey you can find it in our online store.   Lavender & Honey Cupcakes   Yield – 1½ dozen Ingredients: For the cupcakes 2225g unsalted butter, softened 225 caster sugar 225g self-raising flour 4 eggs 1tsp vanilla essence For the icing 200g cream cheese, softened 175g icing sugar, sieved 75g Tasmanian French Lavender Honey blue food colouring 2 tbsp culinary lavender (French is best!)   Method 1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. 2. Place 18 cupcake cases in muffin tins. 3. Combine all the cupcake ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk with an electric beater until smooth and pale. This should take about 2-3 minutes. 4. Spoon the batter into the cases. 5. Bake for 2o minutes. 6. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing the cupcakes and cooling on a rack. 7. To make the icing, beat the cream cheese and icing sugar in a medium bowl with an electric beater until …

thank you

thank  you

I came into work on Monday and there was some papers on my desk about Thankyou water and a post it from my boss ‘you will love this’. She was right. In Locale we have recently swapped the water brand that we stock to Thankyou water, a social enterprise founded by 3 young Aussies which sells bottle water to Australians to help fund safe water to people in developing countries. It took them a few years to get off the ground but in the last few years Thankyou water has really taken off as the concept has taken hold and larger industries have given their support by assisting with machinery and stocking. The Australian bottled water industry is worth $600 million a year however 800 million people around the world have no access to safe water. The founders really tapped into this market and are helping Autralians to help others just by grabbing a bottle of water. The reason I had a post it on my desk telling me just how much I would love this concept is because I have experienced this first hand. My boyfriend and I have just gotten back from living overseas for nearly 2 years and on our way home we spent some time in South East Asia including 3 weeks in Myanmar (Burma). Myanmar is an amazing place. Largely untouched by technology and western society it has a difficult political past that it is still trying to come out of. Resource rich, the wealth of the country is funneled into a very small percentage of the society. Some of the gorgeous kids we met in Nyaung Shwe, one of …

it’s not easy being green

it's not easy being green

  … or maybe it is, or will be, as Pantone have announced the colour for 2013 is Pantone 17-54641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green.   Now I personally have a love/hate relationship with the colour green.  It reminds me of things that give me the heebie jeebies.  Things like grasshoppers, frogs (sorry kermit) and snakes.  At the same time, it conjures up feelings of peacefulness, like a drive through an alpine forest, my mum’s christmas tree and a swim in the green / blue sea.       When it comes to food and fashion, green isn’t my colour of choice.  I tend to force myself to eat green veggies and am not one to search out green clothes, unless they are on sale, of course.  Like the green jeans I rocked in my early 20’s that cost me less than my age.   But then I look around me and ironically green features quite prominently in my ‘work life’.  I like using green pens to write with, particularly when I’m brainstorming or working on something a little more creative.  Green features in our business logos.  Our coffee machine at Locale proudly boasts the green, white and red colours of the Italian flag.     Even our feature wall is different shades of green.     From a marketing perspective, green is considered to be a natural, healthy and plentiful colour, whilst it is also used to create a calming or growth effect.  “Go and grow with green“, they say.   In honour of this rich colour, here are a few ideas on how to get some green into your life this year:   …

things we’re loving right now

things we're loving right now

  •  a good Mojo coffee made by the lovely Amanda at Café Portofino, New Farm … yes, I am sipping it right now as I type! •  scarves, boots and all things winter.  If only it was a little colder for a little longer in sunny old Brissie •  the fact that it’s almost the end of June and we only just finished our chocolate egg stockpile from easter.  Mmmm not so sure if that’s a good or bad thing?!  But on a positive note, it does mean we can go back to our jar of mixed nuts for a healthy snack.   • dreaming of a french holiday     • Getting our hands dirty at our new locale   What are you loving right now?