Me (after perusing the racks of flavorings): Do you have lavender flavoring?
C&B guy: Flavoring? No. We have color. I’ve never heard of lavender flavor before.
Me: Okay, yeah, I looked for it, just making sure. Do you have any idea where I could get lavender flavor?
C&B guy: I’ve never heard of that flavor before.
Me: Well, I’m experimenting with new buttercream flavors.
C&B guy: Well then you need lavender color!
Me: No, no, I don’t actually want it to be lavender color, just flavor. Never mind.
C&B guy: I’ve never heard of that flavor.
Me: Never mind, I’ll just have to make it with tea or something.
Turns out that there’s no such thing as just lavender tea at Whole Foods. I get three salespeople on the case, but no dice. What I really need are loose dried lavender flowers to make an infusion, but there’s snow everywhere, freezing rain falling, and I don’t know where to get loose herbs in the city. So I’ll have to save the lavender experiment for another day.
I’ve made four or five dozen miniature cupcakes, in three flavors: vanilla, lemon, and almond. I estimated wrong and ran out of miniature cupcake liners, so the vanilla ones are actually heart-shaped tea cakes (disappointing, but what are you going to do?). And while the cupcakes baked, I’ve been soaking apricots, cardamom, and ginger in hot water (separately) to make infusions for interesting new buttercreams. I’ve also got blackberries (no, I’m not sticking to in season this time around), coconut flavoring, oranges, and any number of other fun spices and flavor ideas, like cinnamon, maple, mocha, honey, lemongrass (can’t do this one today, sadly). So my question is… which unusual flavor combinations sound appealing to you? Which sound dreadful?
Cupcake Flavors: lemon, almond, vanilla, chocolate, orange
Buttercream Flavors: ginger, apricot, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, pomegranate, coconut, maple, cinnamon, mocha, honey, lemongrass, lavender, rose, cardamom, cherry, yoghurt, pepper, jalapeno, coffee (not mocha), hazelnut, lychee, tropical fruits like mango, papaya, guava, cherimoya, lime, peanut, caramel, orange, mint, lime, chocolate, vanilla, cumin… anything else?
Today I am making, for certain:
lemon-blackberry, vanilla-blackberry, almond-blackberry
lemon-cardamom, vanilla-cardamom, almond-cardamom
almond-maple, vanilla-maple, lemon-maple(?)
p.s. These are all for a party a friend of mine is having tomorrow.