I made these beauties such a long time ago, on Valentines day to be exact, but they deserve to be posted regardless. I have never done anything with rose pedals before, but I was flipping through a favorite recipe book based on Parisian cooking and was inspired - PS. this book is full of Parisian inspired recipes, I highly recommend it.
I had planned to make cupcakes specifically for valentines day, as I usually advertise them to sell as gifts so I wanted to make sure they were especially delicious. The sugared rose pedal topping was a must, I just had to find the right recipes to go along with them.
The cake is my usual mocha dot recipe, which you can find here, and the icing is a family favorite as well as my own personal favorite. It tastes like marshmallows and heaven, and I usually end up eating half of the icing before putting it on a cake or cupcake.
You will want to make the sugared rose pedals ahead of time. I only used one rose, and I ended up with a little over twelve pedals. It's a lot simpler to do than expected, you just need:
- Castor Sugar
- 1 egg white
- Cookie sheet with parchment paper
Separate your pedals and rinse them with water, be gentle. Dip the pedal in egg white, covering both sides and place on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle your castor sugar on the pedal while it is still moist, make sure you cover both sides. Repeat for however many pedals you plan to use.
Set in a cool, dry place and leave over night.
Since you can find the cupcake recipe in another one of my blogs, I will just go over how to make the icing.
You will need:
- 1 egg white
- 2/3 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup or corn syrup
- 2 tbsp of water
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- tbsp vanilla
Beat together egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a double boiler. The icing will become very fluffy with stiff peaks, almost like marshmallow paste. Add the cream of tartar in and continue to beat for another minute or two.
Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla. Eat until your stomach starts to hurt and you are on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes...then ice your cupcakes with whats left over.
Icing the cupcakes with this particular icing is easy peasy, just wait for the cake to cool and put a very generous dollop atop the cake and spread away. You'll end up with a very shiny and smooth surface to place your rose pedals. Probably the easiest way to decorate a cupcake with the prettiest finished product.
Bon Appetit! You better thank me for this recipe, I probably shouldn't be sharing it...