While Jennifer is sampling all kinds of delicious pastries in Paris, I will be taking on Tasty Tuesdays. My name is Daniëlle and I'm a 22-year old half-American living in Europe, The Netherlands. You might know me from my blogs
I visit Paris quite often and one of my favorite things to eat there are rose-flavored pastries. And by 'rose-flavored' I mean a real rose (as in the flower).
Rose pastries are made with rose syrup, which is an extract from red roses. It is so incredibly aromatic and it feels like you're eating a perfumed dessert. Besides, who can resist that gorgeous pastel pink color?
Being half-American, I often take on recipes that are a mixture between Parisian delicacies and American comfort food. And that is exactly what we're making this special Tuesday!
Ingredients: makes 14 cupcakes
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
- ½ tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons rose syrup
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 1 red velvet rose for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together both flours, baking powder and salt.
- With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and rose syrup. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each. Mix in red food coloring.
- Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
Rose Buttercream Frosting
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons rose syrup
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 drop red food coloring
- Sift the confectioners's sugar into a medium bowl.
- Add the softened butter, milk, vanilla, rose syrup and food coloring.
- Mix until the frosting has a slight dropping consistency. If needed, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.