Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rose Petifores with Coconut Frosting

I found some Rose extract in the store a few months ago, and thought I would try it out one of these days on one of my tea parties.  This is my experience with it, on the first day, this cake is amazing!  It has this sweet hint of floral taste mixed with vanilla.  It's very moist and fluffy, and quite a tasty little treat to eat.  The next day, it tastes like your shoving a dozen roses in your mouth!  It was way too intense, and each day after it gets more and more intense.  Since I often make cakes or cupcakes the night before an event, freeze them, and then frost them the day of, I felt this was just too strong for me.  So if you ever make this recipe I highly suggest using 1/4 tsp of Rose extract, and an extra teaspoon of some good quality vanilla.  Whisk Kid did call for Rose water, and I did use Rose extract so that might have been the problem, who knows?  So here is the link to the recipe for the Rose Cupcakes right here!  Enjoy!

Rose Cupcakes
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 c (156 g) flour
6 Tbls (85 g) butter, room temp
3/4 c (149 g) sugar
2 egg whites, room temp
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp rose water
seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
1/2 c (118 ml) half and half, microwaved for 20 seconds to warm slightly

Preheat oven to 350F (275 ml) and line a cupcake tin.

Sift together salt, baking powder and flour and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar until light. Add whites one at a time, beating well until each is fully incorporated. Add vanilla, rose water, and vanilla bean. Now add the 1/4 c of the milk, mix well, then sift in half of the flour mixture, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and mixing just until combined. Add the remaining milk, then the remaining flour mixture, and spoon into liners. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Makes about 12 regular size cupcakes or 16 small souffle size cakes. Oh, and if you use the disposable souffle cups, make sure you cut a small slit in the rim of the cup so your guests will be able to easily remove them from the cakes. 

For the frosting I tried to use the White Chocolate Swiss Meringue, but it just wasn't being friendly enough to spread.  So I used my basic butter cream frosting with 1 tsp coconut extract and vanilla. You can find the recipe HERE! It turned out super tasty!  Then i used fresh unsweatned coconut for the sides, and I made fondant roses to adorn the top.  I'm pretty proud of myself too, I have never made fondant roses haha!  Dont worry though, the White Chocolate Swiss Meringue frosting comes into play on another cupcake next week on my Peach Melba!


  1. These are Soooo beautiful! Love them

  2. These are really beautiful. I once made ones like these with a great trick. You put the coconut or nuts, whatever you want to coat them with down on a baking sheet then you pipe the frosting out on the coconut and then roll the petitfores on it and it frosts and coats the sides at the same time. It worked great and super fast if you were doing a lot.

    I love your roses and your photos are fabulous too.