Strawberry Lime Upside-down muffins with Lavender Sugar

Fun with strawberries 101.  First thing- find sweet strawberries, I found mine at the Santa Rosa farmer’s market.  Second thing-find an excuse to take some time to yourself for strawberry recipe development (very important!)  Excuses could include, I’m sick, headache, cramps, backache etc…you get the idea.  Third thing- when everybody is out of the house remove your ripe basket of strawberries from the fridge and, placing your nose over the top of the strawberries, breathe in deeply.   Now, you are ready to have some fun with your fresh berries.  Bakers ready for action will already have a stash of ingredients, like flour, sugar, butter, eggs and a few extras, like lavender or vanilla.  Maybe, lock the doors-just in case.

I know this is crazy talk but sometimes it feels like there is precious little time to focus on doing the things, like baking, that we love.  Especially on the weekends when there is so much going on to distract us from our ovens, recipe books, kitchens and our love of baking, I know I already said that but just really want to make that point.

I had this idea for an upside-down strawberry muffin which could be served as an individual sized upside-down cake for breakfast.  I sprinkled the lavender sugar, which is easy to make at home, on the chopped strawberries and over the top of the muffins before baking.  The lavender sugar topping comes out crunchy on the bottom and serves as a good contrast to the soft baked fruit on top of the upside-down muffins.  I also like my addition of lime zest in the muffin batter which adds a brightness to the baked sweet strawberries on top.

I like taking photos of my baking projects, especially when they include strawberries!  So, I think the fourth thing for strawberry fun 101 is to find a sunny corner in your house and snap a few pics, if for no other reason than to remind yourself of an afternoon well spent in the quiet of your own kitchen.

Strawberry Lime Upside-down muffins with Lavender Sugar

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup strawberries chopped into small pieces
  • For the Lavender Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender
  • 4 tablespoons organic cane sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Spray 12 standard muffin silicone baking cups with baking spray and place on baking sheet.
  3. Make the lavender sugar by pulverizing the lavender and sugar in a food processor, sift to remove pieces of lavender buds, set aside.
  4. Sprinkle the strawberries with about 1 tablespoon lavender sugar, reserve the rest for the topping.
  5. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and lime zest.
  7. Whisk in the milk and butter.
  8. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula, being careful not to over mix. The flour should just disappear.
  9. Divide the strawberries into the baking cups, making sure they cover the bottom of each cup.
  10. Spoon the batter over the strawberries, making sure some batter reaches the bottoms of the muffin cups.
  11. Sprinkle the tops with the rest of the lavender sugar.
  12. Place in the oven and bake until lightly browned and firm to the touch.
  13. Cool the muffins on a metal rack, they should easily slide out of the cups.
  14. Serve slightly warm.

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  1. I so want to make these so I can have fun with strawberries, too! Coming soon to a pick-your-own near me! WHEEEEEE! These are just lovely, Patty!

  2. Taking On Magazines says:

    Wow. Talk about summer on a plate! Those look amazing. I love the idea of the crunchy lavender sugar on the bottom offsetting the juicy berries. Brilliant!

  3. I’m in love with these muffins, Patty! Such a pretty breakfast treat. Now I want to play with strawberries :).

  4. Beautiful muffins! It makes me sad that local strawberries are just about gone around here. I’d love to spend a day with a basket of them. :) Berries from the supermarket will have to suffice.

  5. Strawberry lime muffins? What’s not to love! These are gorgeous, and our strawberry season is just coming on.

  6. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    Dreaming of your lavender sugar…These muffins are so moist and am loving that juicy strawberry bottom!

  7. Oh, you hit it on the head – there are times when I wish I could shoo everyone off for a day so that I could just bake and cook away all day…

    These are beautiful :-)

  8. Don’t you just love having the entire house (and afternoon) all to yourself – and the oven! :D
    These muffins look scrumptious!! The strawberry and lavender must smell like heaven!

  9. I love this post, I did just that today when I bought some strawberries, I took a huge wif! What a great a great idea to use lavender sugar with these, I bet they were so good. My daughter made me a cute apron for Mother’s day and I haven’t baked in 2 weeks so I’m ready for some action. :)

  10. These muffins look scrumptious, Patty. And lavender sugar sounds amazing.

  11. Taking the time to enjoy the process of baking is such a big part of blogging I think. The flavors are so interesting Patty, especially with the lavender! Beautiful little cakes.

  12. I agree! My quiet time in the kitchen is a very special time! What a lush strawberry recipe! Adding lavender sugar sounds so heady and lavish!

  13. Oh Patty! These look fabulous! Loving the lavender sugar – I have some in my pantry from a farmer’s market purchase , now i just to need to get some peak of the season strawberries. Hubby would LOVE these muffins as would I! Hope your week is going well. :-)

  14. I am so excited strawberry season is here!! These muffins are such a wonderful idea, and I love the presentation!

  15. Wow, what a great idea! Never thought to do an upside down muffin, but that makes the muffin top even better! Lovely recipe with fabulous flavors.

  16. Oh Patty, everytime that I visit you I am like “I want to make this…”
    These look delicious, pairing lime and strawberry and something that I never had, lavender sugar, although I cannot see the lavender sugar, I can only imagine how fragrant and delicious it it.
    Thanks again for a great recipe and hope you are having an enjoyable week :)

  17. I love the idea of the strawberry upside down muffins! They look so pretty and I am sure so tasty!

  18. The next time you plan another day like this please call me. :) The hubs wasn’t a happy camper when I said I didn’t want to go anywhere this weekend. It was sooo nice to stay home all day today–i didn’t bake but it was nice not to be rushing around to get anywhere! These upside down muffins are brilliant!

  19. What a cool idea! We have upside down cakes, so why not upside down muffins, right? This sure is a lovely muffin. Very interesting with the lavender sugar…

  20. I already love the sound of “lavender sugar”! I’ve seen lavender being used in baked goods, but adding in sugar sounds nice, even to add the sugar in tea (I normally don’t put sugar, but I just imagine and it sounds amazing). I need some quiet time to bake like you. My house is too chaotic that I sometimes can’t focus on cooking and measuring! I’m sure wonderful recipes will be created when focused full attention. These upside down muffins look really delicious!

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