Monday, September 13, 2010

ROSEWATER CUPCAKES - National Cupcake Week

It's National Cupcake Week here in the UK from the 13 - 19 September 2010.

To celebrate this event, and for yet another excuse to make and eat a cupcake, I decided to add another posting to my flowers and cupcakes theme. A few weeks ago I made Hibiscus Cupcakes and also Lavender Cupcakes.

The inspiration for these rosewater cupcakes came from the pretty miniature rose bush in my garden. For the sugared rosebuds simply put an egg white wash on the petals and sprinkle with caster sugar.

For the cupcakes you will need:

A 12 hole muffin tin lined with paper cases.

115g butter at room temperature, 115g caster sugar, 2 eggs, 115g self-raising flour, 1 tablespoon rosewater.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, beat in the eggs one at a time. sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the rosewater.
3. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for approximately 20 minutes until risen and golden. Use a cake tester or skewer to ensure the cakes are cooked. Transfer the tin to a wire rack and after about 10 minutes remove the cupcakes and place on the rack to cool.
4. When cool, remove the peaks off the cakes with a knife.

To decorate the cupcakes you will need:

12 pink rose petals, 1 beaten egg white, 1 tablespoon caster sugar, 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 145g icing sugar, pink food colouring.

1. Brush each rose petal with the egg white, sprinkle with caster sugar and leave to dry for about an hour.
2. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add some of the lemon juice and stir until smooth. Add more lemon juice to make a smooth, spoonable icing.
3. Add a little colouring to achieve a pale pink frosting.
4. Spoon the frosting over the cakes and top each one with a sugared rose.
5. Leave to set before serving.


Happy Cook said...

I think these are the most beautiful upcakes i have ever seen.

nathalie said...

They look absolutely beautiful and sound very tasty.

Choclette said...

So pretty and elegant Margaret and I bet they have a really delicate flavour - I love roses.

James said...

Rosewater - how lovely. Never have yet tried the candied rose petals.

Hazel said...

Wow! Yet another set of beautiful cupcakes. I remember admiring your lavender and pineapple cupcakes! I also remember when I was a child and I was sugaring my own flowers and fruits. I wish I could have participated in cupcake week!

Gloria said...

Dear Margaret these are the most beautiful and lovely cupcakes I have seen! look wonderful, you are the Cupcakes queen! x gloria

Debs said...

These are sooooo pretty. Almost too good to eat.

Lucie said...

Beautiful cupcakes - so elegant! Well done x

Antonia said...

Those are so beautiful. Just perfect! Almost too good to eat. Almost!

nic @ nipitinthebud said...

your cupcakes are like a work of art. Your 'how to' for decorating them sounds so simple. Is it really?
I can't imagine I'd turn out anything as perfect as that! (I'll be posting about making cupcakes with my niece and nephew soon and you'll laugh heartily at the level of my decorating ability!)

Jan said...

Wow they look good Maggie!

Maria♥ said...

These cupcakes are just gorgeous!


Sophie said...

Waw, Margaret!!

Your cupcakes are truly elegant & they look so beautiful too!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...A lovely presentation too!

amour du temps passé said...

it 's very nice!!!
I love the blog, it 's beautiful!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

The entire layout looks great... good idea fro me as well.

petite nyonya said...

these cupcakes are so so pretty!