Rose Scented Cupcakes

All the ingredients should be at room temperature before you start. You’ll get more reliable cakes if you use scales to measure by weight rather than volume in cups.

Ingredients (makes 12 fairy cakes, 8 muffin-sized cakes)

Rose and pistachio cupcake illustration for epiphany cupcake recipe

1 stick or 115g room temperature butter

½ cup or 115g sugar
2 eggs
1 cup or 115g flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp rose water
1 ½ cup cream
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp honey
¼ cup ground pistachios (or whole pistachios (shelled) tipped into a bag then bashed with a rolling pin)

  • Pre heat the oven to 350 (180 C)
  • Line the cake tin with paper cases
  • Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy (takes about 5 mins – faster in a mixer or with an electric whisk)
  • Whisk the eggs then add to the mixture a bit at a time until incorporated
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together then stir in in a few batches
  • Mix in the rosewater
  • Spoon into the cake cases and bake for about 15 – 18 mins until the cakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you have a dodgy oven (like me) turn the tray half way through cooking to try to get a more even temperatureIllustration of pistachios for pistachio cupcake recipe
  • Transfer to a rack to cool
  • Whisk the cream with the honey and cinnamon until it’s soft but firm and able to hold peaks
  • Once the cakes are cool, top with the cream and decorate with the pistachio nuts

If you can make that you can make this:

  • Decorate the cakes with sugared rose petals (wash and dry rose petals, dip in egg white then into sugar, allow to dry)
  • Add a small dice of Turkish delight to to mixture – about 50 – 100 g, which works out as a handful when I make it
  • If you don’t like rosewater, use orange water, or a tbsp of orange juice and the zest of half an orange

This recipe originally appeared along with a tale of romance and New Year’s resolutions.

2 Responses to Rose Scented Cupcakes

  1. Christopher Temmink says:

    Would this work using Rose Syrup (which I have for cocktails) or does it need to be water?

    Chris x

  2. Kate says:

    I’ve never used rose syrup, but it would probably work – it’s a small amount and it’s got the right flavor. Just more sugar. Hmm. So maybe dilute it – half syrup half water. I don’t think and extra 1/2 tbsp of sweet will make a big difference to the taste.
    Cupcakes are better in a mixer or with an electric whisk. I cream the butter and sugar for about 5 mins in a mixer to get it super fluffy.
    Then go carefully with the flour trying not to over-beat (which would develop the gluten)
    Make sure everything is properly at room temp too.
    Happy Baking!
    Love Kate x

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