Lilac muffins with crabapple blossom garnish

Beautiful, delicious and deceptively simple. What more could you want in a muffin? This particular muffin gave me great joy as well, because my daughter made it. My floral obsession is rubbing off.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup lilac blossoms and buds
crab apple blossoms to garnish

Preaheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse lilac blossoms and make sure to remove all green parts of the flower as well as any bits of stems or leaves that fell in. Blend butter, sugar, egg and milk. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in lilac blossoms.

Fill greased or lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.

After the muffins are cool, ice with your preferred icing and garnish with crabapple blossoms just before serving. Crabapple blossoms are perfectly edible. They do not, however, last very long. Collect them shortly before you need them and if needed, you can float them in water if they have to wait very long. They are stunningly beautiful when first placed on the muffin, but after an hour, they look pretty wilted.

You could candy them to make them last longer which I’m sure would be stunningly beautiful and delicious as well. But also way too much work for me.

I love them just the way they are.


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Angela Watts

Those look yummy…..we’ve just got the start of buds on our lilacs though so it will be a wait before I can try these out.

Gail @Dappled_Things

Did you know I just started a raw diet yesterday? I think you’re trying to torture me with lilac muffins and talk of Queen Anne’s Lace jelly. I have a book about cooking with flowers I should probably dust off and share some of the recipes with you. The muffin looks absolutely beautiful and I just know it would go so well with a cup of green tea. Tell your daughter, “Well done!” 🙂


Well, Gail, I guess you’ll have to tell us how they taste in a tossed salad. 🙂 If you find recipes, we’d certainly love them!

Angela, ours went from a hint of purple to full bloom in like two days. This weather we’ve been having has all our plants thinking it is May. I’m really hoping the weather holds. With everything in bloom, a freeze (and it wouldn’t even be a late freeze . . . it’s supposed to be freezing right now!) could do some real damage.

Troy Eckhardt