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Roses are red, Violets are blue, But did you know, Roses are delicious too?!

Roses are red, Violets are blue, But did you know, Roses are delicious too?!

Rose and Blackberry Cupcakes

By now we are sure you are aware that the big day is just around the corner, Valentine’s Day! How could you miss it? With the shops filling up with hearts, flowers and everything pink and red! Now days you have to act fast, we bet by now all the best restaurants are already booked up for 14th February. This year don’t disappoint with a generic with a last minute purchase of a teddy bear holding a heart and instead treat the special person in your life to an experience with Chef’s Compliments. We can offer a romantic dinner for two from the comfort of your own home or if you’re loved one’s passion is cooking why not buy one of our cooking lesson vouchers for them!

It doesn’t stop there! This year why not give something more unique than a bunch of a dozen roses? See below our recipe for a delicious rose treat you can prepare for your better half to make them feel extra special!

Rose and Blackberry Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 125g/4oz icing sugar
  • 100g/3½oz blueberries
  • 50g/2oz plain flour
  • 150g/5oz ground almonds
  • half tsp rosewater
  • 4 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed
  • 1 lemon, zest only

For the icing

  • 600g/1lb 5½oz icing sugar
  • 2-3 drops edible pink food colouring
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water
  • half tsp rosewater

To garnish

  • small rose-shaped sweets or fresh rose petals, to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl, until pale and fluffy.
  3. Dredge the blueberries in the flour, then remove and set aside.
  4. Add the flour and almonds to the butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Add the rose water and the blueberries and mix in.
  6. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  7. Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases. Spoon the cake mixture into the cupcake cases.
  8. Transfer to the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  9. For the icing, place the icing sugar, food colouring, lemon juice, water and rosewater into a clean bowl and mix to completely combine.
  10. Spread the icing onto the cooled cupcakes. (Use a hot knife to make the surface smooth).
  11. To serve, decorate the cupcakes with rose-shaped sweets or fresh rose petals and serve.

So why not make these cupcakes for the perfect Valentine’s Day or organise a dinner for two where a chef could make you a rose themed dessert or arrange a cooking lesson and you and your Valentine could learn to make rose desserts yourselves!

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