Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vanilla cupcakes with rosewater icing

Vanilla cupcakes with rosewater icing / Cupcakes de baunilha com cobertura de água de rosas

I finally watched “Alice in Wonderland”, but can’t say I liked it... I found it too busy, hysterical, even for Burton.

The highlights of the movie to me were Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar – gotta love that man’s voice – and Helena Bonham Carter; even though I used rather fair roses in these cupcakes I find the Red Queen and her obsession for red roses much more fun. :)

Vanilla cupcakes with rosewater icing / Cupcakes de baunilha com cobertura de água de rosas

Vanilla cupcakes with rosewater icing
from Donna Hay magazine

250g unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (274g) caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
4 eggs
2 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons (335g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (240ml) whole milk

Rosewater icing:
1 cup + 1 ½ tablespoons (218g) caster sugar
¼ cup (60ml) water
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon rosewater
3 egg whites
2-3 drops rose pink food coloring
24 sugared flower cake decorations or crystallized rose petals*, to top the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla seeds/paste in the bowl o an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Sift over the flour and baking powder and beat until combined. Fold through the milk and spoon the mixture into two 12-hole ½ cup capacity muffin pans lined with paper cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on wire racks.
To make the rosewater icing, place the sugar, water, cream of tartar and rosewater in a saucepan over high heat and stir just until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil – at this point, do not stir – reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, place the egg whites in the large bowl of an electric mixer and beat until soft peaks form. While the motor is running, gradually add the sugar mixture to the whites and beat until slightly cooler, thick and glossy. Stir in the food coloring until well combined.
Spread the icing over the cupcakes with a palette knife and top with a sugared flower decoration/crystallized rose petal.

*to crystallize the petals: place an egg white in a small bowl and beat it lightly with a fork. Brush the clean, dry petals with the egg white and cover with caster sugar, shaking to remove any excess. Set aside to dry. Make sure you use unsprayed flowers

Makes 24 – I got 5 cupcakes making ¼ of the cake recipe above, using 1/3 cup (80ml) capacity muffin pans and 1/3 of the icing recipe


Diana said...

This looks amazing :)

Juls @ Juls'Kitchen said...

Amazingly beautiful!

Anonymous said...

so dainty! i adore those sugared rose petals. would be a perfect treat for a wedding shower.



Just My Delicious said...

so retro and so delicate!

WendyinKK said...

I can't do the petal thingy here... all roses are sprayed with insecticide :)

Maria♥ said...

Wow, these are so beautiful!


kirbie said...

These look so pretty! Where do you get your rosewater from? Thanks!

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen said... pretty are these cupcakes! They're freakin' amazing. And I love that plate--too cute.

Erica Lea said...

I wondered how that movie was - it sounded a little, well, strange to me.

Oh, these cupcakes are beautiful! And of course your presentation is splendid.

Ash said...

These are just lovely! The sugared petals are just gorgeous!

Levinson and Axelrod said...

This looks wonderful. A new variation to cupcake flavoring.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Gorgeous Patricia! And funnily enough, I loved Alice but yes the Red Queen was my favourite, she was so deliciously naughty! :D

Patricia Scarpin said...

Diana, thank you!

Heather, I'm so glad you like them - thank you!

My, thank you!

Wendy, that's too bad. :(

Maria, thank you!

Kirbie, I bought it in a store near where I work (I live in Brazil).

Adrianna, thank you for stopping by! I love that plate, too. :)

Erica Lea, Burton is strange and I like him exactly for that. :) Maybe that is why I expected more from the movie.
Thank you, sweetie!

Ash, thank you, darling!

Lorraine, thank you, dearie! I thought Helena B. Crter did a great job in that movie - and I don't usually like her... :)

Sticky Penguin said...

Those look absolutely beautiful. And it's such a nice surprise to see proper grace-iced cupcakes, after all the giant buttercream-topped muffins everywhere (sorry, I'm a cupcake pedant!). I've just discovered your blog a few days ago, and think it is just lovely - everything looks so tasty and so perfect. Definitely an inspiration to keep baking...

Patricia Scarpin said...

Blue Penguin, thank you!
You are far too kind. I love baking cupcakes, cookies... Hope to see you around here again!

girlieannyen said...

hi there.. I love the cupcakes! I would love to give it a try makin it. But I am not able to find cream of tar tar. Is there anything that I can replace it?

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, I don't know. You might find something on google.

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