Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Strawberry~Rose Cupcakes

My mom has been gone for 25 years this month, and I wanted to bake something special to celebrate her in some way.  I found this recipe in Sunset magazine (April 2011) and knew I had found the perfect treat.  Perfect because my mom's name was Rose:)
The recipe calls for rose water in both the cake and the frosting.  I made some rose water myself (I "googled" it) using some roses from my one and only rose bush, but it didn't yield enough.  I ended up finding some certified pure rose water at a local health food store. I did have enough roses to use for decorating the cupcakes though:)  We didn't eat the flowers, even though no pesticides were used on them~just water and sunshine.

I was afraid to overdo it on the rose water (the purchased version is stronger than homemade), so added the lower end of the amount suggested.  Next time I will add the maximum, especially in the cupcakes (actually it's added to the jam that goes into the cupcakes). 
There was a nice hint of infused roses in the cupcakes and the frosting, plus the beautiful scent of the rose petals on top added to the floral sensation. The homemade strawberry jam in the cupcakes complemented the rose water. 

These cupcakes are a perfect spring or summertime treat. They would be the crowning touch at a tea party, brunch or a wedding shower.  If you don't have your own pesticide free roses(to top the cupcakes), perhaps you can find them at a farmer's market. 

Strawberry-Rose Cupcakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water
  • 2 1/2 cup (small) rose petals (organically grown) 
Preparation
  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line 16 muffin cups with liners. Beat butter and sugar with a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; beat until well blended.
  • 2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Gradually beat into butter mixture until well blended.
  • 3. Whisk together jam and rose water to taste in a small bowl. Spread 2 heaping tbsp. batter in each liner. Top with 1 tsp. jam mixture, then another 2 heaping tbsp. batter, carefully spreading it to cover jam.
  • 4. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted toward the edge comes out clean, 25 to 27 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting and decorate with rose petals.
Cream Cheese-Rose Frosting


 Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation
  • In a bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, rose water, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Spread on cupcakes
  • Top with rose petals (or roses)
This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.

ENJOY!

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27 comments:

  1. Those cupcakes are as beautiful as the sentiment behind them. The color of those roses- wow! So pretty - and I want that cake plate!

    My grandmother was named Rose. Everyone called her Rosie.

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  2. What a moving tribute to your mom. I'm sorry you have been without her for so long.

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  3. I'm sorry you have lived so long without your mother by your side, 25 years is a long time, but I'm sure very short for you...this is a beautiful tribute to her!

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  4. I'm sorry she has been gone so long, Sue. These cupcakes are just the sweetest. I love how you made your own rose water and decorated w/your lovely roses. A wonderful tribute to mom!

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  5. What a sweet way to remember your mom. Those cupcakes are simply stunning.

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  6. I'm sure your mom would love your beautiful cupcakes. I just lost my mom last year and I had no idea how hard it would be. God bless.

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  7. What a sweet and thoughtful post. I'm so sorry you've been without your mom for so long. I'm so glad to see your celebration of her.

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  8. I was wondering about baking with rose water just the other day. You liked the flavor and even wanted more - that is great to know. I want to try this some time. My mom has been gone for 20 years! It is hard sometimes still. I had a close relationship with her. How nice of you to honor her. She would love these, they are soooo beautiful. What pretty colors.

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  9. This is a lovely tribute to your Mom. These cupcakes are gorgeous and sweet looking..perfect for Rose.

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  10. My heart goes out to you!!! <3 Everything about these cupcakes are beautiful!

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  11. What a beautiful tribute Sue! They're elegant and pretty. It's such a wonderful celebration of a lovely Rose :)

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  12. These are beautiful Sue! So elegant and I bet they taste just as good as they look. What a sweet tribute to your Mom. I'm sure she is looking down and smiling with love.

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  13. such a sweet way to remember your mom! how did they taste? I love rose petal jelly so these are on my list to make too, that and lavender cupcakes, oh and avocado cupcakes...too many on the list ;)

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  14. it looks so beautiful Sue, your mom must love it from heaven! :)

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  15. Wow, those are gorgeous! Perfect for spring.

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  16. What a unique recipe. Those cupcakes look like a beautiful way to remember your mom :)

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  17. What a sweet daughter, bless your mom. Great baking here.

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  18. What a sweet post, very touching. I love the cupcakes and I bet they tested delicious!

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  19. Such beautiful, beautiful cupcakes Sue!!! I love that you made them in honor of your mom...I can just see all the love and care that you put into making these treasures. Hugs to you!

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  20. Sending you a big hug as you remember your mother in such a beautiful and heartfelt post. I'm sure she's reading this in heaven and telling all the girls gathered 'round *that's my daughter who made those beautiful cupcakes and wrote such lovely words!*

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  21. A wonderful and beutiful tribute to your mum.I also lovet the colour of your roses. I have made cupcake with rose water and use always a bitmore then suggested.They lookyummy your roses.

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  22. What a nice reason to make rose cupcakes. And they turned out so very beautiful. I bet your mom was watching and felt the love. :D

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  23. Sue, these are absolutely beautiful. Your thoughts of your mother are very moving and she would love to be remembered with such beautiful petite cakes. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  24. What wonderful tribute to your mom. Hugs.

    I love the presentation, so pretty, simple and made with love.Beautiful roses! We have rose jam here, I could send you some if you'd like. It is lovely.

    xo

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  25. What a great tribute to your Mom! So beautiful,I'm sure just like she was.

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  26. Those cupcakes are so lovely.

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