Second in my list of unique cupcakes, these rose sugar cupcakes are intensely aromatic.
Roses. They’re vibrant, delightfully fragrant, and some of my favorite plants in all the world. I love a fresh bunch of creamy white roses in a milk glass vase, or an English garden filled with unruly rose bushes, their dreamy, powdery fragrance filling the air. Roses just make me happy, so you can only imagine how excited I was upon receiving a birthday gift of pink rose sugar from my girlfriend, Brooke. I immediately opened it up and touched my finger to the top of the sugar and tasted it. I fell in love with the faintly bitter, floral notes and immediately exclaimed “I have to make a cupcake!” because duh. I decided to try my hand at a rose sugar cupcake just to see what happened. Well, what happened was one of the most interesting cupcake recipes I’ve ever made.
So, exactly what is rose sugar? In the case of my container, it’s literally just white sugar with pink rose petals ground up into it. Mine came from Beautiful Briny Sea, which has the CUTEST, most interesting and tasty products known to man. It’s my kind of business. Because of actual roses being ingredient, rose sugar cupcakes are incredibly interesting and, well… rosy. 🙂 I will say that they might not be for you if you don’t like interesting cupcake recipes or flavors that veer from the norm. Or if you already know you don’t like the flavor of rose petals. I started with my white cupcake as the base, and the only thing I changed was substituting half of the regular granulated sugar with rose sugar. Everything else stays exactly the same, if you can believe it.
Rose sugar frosting? Meh…
I also tried my hand at a rose sugar swiss meringue buttercream in an effort to bring a strong-to-quite-strong rose game. The result is most definitely the rosiest rose cupcake one could experience. Honestly, I wasn’t too keen on the frosting. The thing I like most about a swiss meringue buttercream is its silky texture, and the rose sugar causes it to be grainy because of the little bits of rose. It also made for a heck of a time when trying to frost the tops of the cupcakes. If you put the sugar in a frosting, I would recommend a piping tip that isn’t too intricate so that none of the small pieces of rose get hung up (like mine did!).
These rose sugar cupcakes are elegant, not too sweet, and fragrantly floral. I know they might not be for everyone, but I hope you’ll get out of your comfort zone a little and just try them. If nothing else, your home will smell AMAZING, and that’s worth the effort in my book. 🙂 Enjoy!