With her debut book in the the works, Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes is keepin’ busy perfecting her way-creative confections. Somehow, she still found time to conjure up these incredible cupcakes to share with all of you marvelous MC blog readers!
Vanilla-Rose Water Cupcakes
By Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com
“This treat is perfect for girly-girls who love cute and pretty things all rolled up into one! They’re made of luscious vanilla cake, topped with delicately scented rose water icing, and crowned with glittering, candied rose petals.”
FOR VANILLA CAKE
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, seeded and hull discarded
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1. Heat oven to 350°F and line cupcake pan with papers.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until lightened in color and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Beat in vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract.
3. Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. When completely incorporated, divide batter evenly amongst liners, filling them 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, but check them after 15. Cool completely before frosting.
FOR ROSE WATER ICING
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4-1/2 teaspoon rose water
1. Beat softened butter and confectioners’ sugar together on low speed in the bowl of a stand mixer. Gradually increase speed until powdered sugar is absorbed and frosting becomes light and fluffy.
2. Add flavorings and mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip and pipe onto cupcakes.
Quick tip: Remember to use rose water in small amounts. If you use too much, the cupcakes will taste soapy.
FOR CANDIED ROSE PETALS
15 blemish-free organic rose petals
1 tablespoon meringue powder
½ tablespoon warm water
½ cup extra-fine granulated sugar
Wire rack for drying
“Candied rose petals are a snap to make, but they look luxe! Tailoring the rose petal color to the recipient is also a great way to personalize them. Red petals symbolize romantic love, so they’re perfect for your beau. Yellow petals represent friendship, so you can make a batch for your bestie, and pink petals symbolize gratitude and elegance; an ideal gift for Mom or Sis.”
1. Mix together the meringue powder and water in a small condiment cup. Pour the extra fine sugar in a separate small bowl.
2. Dip the paint brush into the diluted meringue and brush an even coat onto the front and back of a rose petal. Dip the petal in the granulated sugar and place on wire rack. You can also place the petals upright in a clean egg crate to give them dimension (pictured). Repeat process with remaining petals until all are coated. Let dry at room temperature until crisp.
3. Garnish cupcakes with petals or place in an air-tight container until ready for use.
Quick Tip: Meringue powder can be found at most craft stores and at cake specialty shops.
For added fun when baking or serving, Heather recommends the Sweeter When Specific Measuring Spoons, On the Rise Tea Towel, or To the Houndstooth Apron, which will keep you clean from any sweets gone astray!