Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rosewater Cupcakes & a Vintage French Plate

Happy Thursday everyone! Earlier this week I realized that it's only a few weeks away from Valentine's Day. I don't know about you, but I do love "HEART" Day! :) There's something about V-Day that conjures up little images of boxed conversation hearts, roses, chocolates, and all the fun stuff that I recall from celebrating cupid's little holiday throughout my childhood. :)


So I thought I'd bake some Rosewater Cupcakes with Pale Pink Vanilla Buttercream Icing! :) {CLICK HERE for the recipes.} It was one of those last minute, "hey I want to bake something sweet days," so by the time I was done baking & frosting these, the sun was about to set; so the lighting wasn't all that great, hence some of the blurry pics {sorry!}.


Just in case some of you are wondering about my kitchen redo, I took a little break from all of that chaos this week, and decided to work on some of my favorite things to do...baking! But rest assured, I'll start resuming all of our projects this weekend. But for now, making these little delectable sweets were on my to-do list instead! :)


Rosewater Cupcakes are basically like vanilla cupcakes, but instead of adding vanilla extract, you add a dash of rosewater instead {the one used for cooking, not the artificially perfumed variety}, for that "essence of rose" flavor. You can find them at specialty food stores, but you can also find them at various ethnic stores or online as well.


You can also make "Rosewater Icing," but I opted for the basic Buttercream Frosting tinted to a pale pink hue. :)


After baking a batch, I put a few on one of my favorite vintage french transferware. I actually have quite a few of these plates at home, and just love the versatility of it. Then I placed it in a glass cake dome. Makes for a pretty presentation if you are having a few guests over.


Or perhaps you & your Valentine can have some cupcakes over a glass of bubbly {in this case, it's sparkling apple cider from Trader Joe's}. :)


What do you all have planned for Valentine's Day this year? Whatever you decide to do, be sure to have fun! :)


Thank you once again to everyone who has stopped by to message / leave me a comment, it's always greatly appreciated! In honor of my lovely friends here in blog land, and the fact that Valentine's Day is one of my favorite "holidays," - I'm going to be having a simple, Vintage-Inspired Valentine's Day Giveaway very soon. Think of course, Vintage + French, a little Victorian, and a dash of Shabby Chic. ;) So stay tuned for that. Until next time, enjoy your upcoming weekend!


XO's,
Jessie


CLICK HERE for the link to the Rosewater Cupcakes & Vanilla Buttercream Recipes.


UPDATE: If you would like a chance to win a pair of these lovely Vintage French Plates, as well as other vintage goodies, please click on the icon below for all the details! :)





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86 comments:

FairyFiligree said...

How deliciously beautiful - how do you manage to get that frosting to look like real roses? You are very good with your hands! YOu must tell us how it's done. As for plans for V-Day - it seems so very distant yet - nothing planned so far since my limelight at the mo is a few days in London over next week.. Can't wait !

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

how absolutely dreamy!!!! a pink little cloud on to of a vintage beauty! oh you have out done yourself! simply gorgeous...stunning..."dreamy" thank you for sharing these with us and all the wonderful eye candy around them! applause!!!!!!

Samgoose said...

Wow, I'm really impressed with your icing skills! I made some butterfly cakes last week, and my icing was pitiful in comparison. It was the first time I'd used an icing piper though, so hopefully I'll improve :-) Thanks so much for visiting my blog btw, its greatly appreciated x

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jessie,
I have been wanting to try baking with rose water!

You are very talented with your cake decorating. (I remember from a previous post.)You have outdone yourself with the elegant soft rose like icing! Just beautiful! This is such a wonderful kitchen story to share! Thank you!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Robin said...

I love heart day too! We keep it very simple around here but I just love decorating with red and pink. Just makes me happy.

Your cupcakes look so yummy, and has put me in the mood to whip up a batch for my girls - they would love it. That is if I stop blogging. LOL

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I don't know what could be cheerier than those pretty cupakes on that gorgeous plate!

Posy and Co. said...

Oh, how I wish I could wave a wand and share in a great cup of tea, one of those delicious looking cupcakes, and some conversation with you! Much love, Lisa

Shannon said...

They look and sound delicious! Almost too pretty to eat and of course I love the vintage french plate they are on as well :)

Ashley said...

These look A*M*A*Z*I*N*G.....Wishing you a lovely day! Xoxoxo

Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse said...

oh my. i want one, right now. :)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you kind friends for all the sweet comments, it truly makes my day. :) In case you want to know how to make the rose frosting, just use a "2D Tip," hold your piping bag at a 90 degree angle, start from the center and just go in about 3 circles around. And literally, it makes the roses just so. :) I'll create a page later and post a link to the recipes in case anyone is interested. Happy Thursday everyone! :)

XO's,
Jessie

Cindy said...

How totally charming, and pretty, and enticing! I'd love to take a humongous bite out of one, but i wouldn't want to mess up the sweet little display of pink on the gorgeous transferware!

Cindy

momto8 said...

the pink icing is the icing on the cake...so lovely!
I am your newest follower..pls follow bcd if you can.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

those look amazing! i am going to make some for sure!! how did you tint the frosting (food coloring?) and how much rose water do you add? just a little dash? big dash? LOL.
so yummy and pretty!!

It's me said...

Why do you live so far away ??? i want to taste them !!!.....xxx...

Counting Your Blessings said...

Beautiful! Makes me want to do some baking. =) Please feel free to link up with Voila if you would like.

Blessings... Polly
French Cupboard
Counting Your Blessings

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, your cupcakes look scrumptious! So pretty and yummy! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Tricia said...

Mmmm, those look good and they're so pretty too! I've never made anything with Rosewater before, but now you have me interested :)

chateau chic said...

Looks so yummy. Love the transferware plate used to serve the beautiful cupcakes.
Mary Alice

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Yummy Valentine treat. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Beautiful! Those are the prettiest cupcakes I've seen! And I love your vintage plate. Very "Sweet"! XO Cindy

Susan said...

These cupcakes look too pretty to eat - but I'm sure I could do so, especially with that rosewater flavor. Yum!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

your sweet cupcakes
are delightfully old fashioned
and pretty

i am now following
and so glad
you joined Fridays Unfolded!

alison

A Few Pennies said...

Too pretty to eat; but I would cause they look so yummy. Lovely pics!

Melissa said...

Oh my! Your cupcakes look delicious!!! And I love that plate!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your cupcakes are so pretty! Do you use a piping bag or a good old plastic bag like me? It does look like a rose from above! Love your pretty plate and glass dome, too.

I still don't know what we are doing for the big day. I will probably make a nice dinner! He can buy the champagne!

XO,
Jane

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Jessie~~ Those cupcakes are too pretty to eat. I love the plate they are on. What a pretty pink.I am behind on blogging this week. Too many other things going on.Talk to you later
~xo~Cheryl

Candylei said...

Love the plate and the cupcakes equally. I am really liking old china with sweet patterns! Lovely~~

Drea said...

These are so pretty! I am doing a cupcake themed baby shower for my sister this Sat. I really want to make these now! Love it!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

My mouth is watering! I am hosting a Victorian Valentine Tea next week and I am definitely going to try this with the rose water! The way you frosted the cupcakes is beautiful -- you're very talented!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh -- I too would like to know how much rose water you put in the batch!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello everyone! Thank you again for your sweet & thoughtful comments, I appreciate each & every one. In regards to the rosewater, the original recipe calls for only 1/2 teaspoon of rosewater. However, it really depends on the quality of your rosewater. If you use a cheaper brand, it's more diluted {wouldn't recommend} so you'd definitely have to use more in order to really notice the "rose essence." How much you put in your batch is "to taste."

This is from a specific recipe book that I have - I will post the recipe in one of my pages and create a link on this blog post once I have it done! I usually post the recipes/tutorial right on the blog post, but I wasn't sure anyone would be interested in it. :) So I will try to post it as soon as I can! Hope this helps. :)


Hugs,
Jessie

Marie Arden said...

I love cooking with rose water. A local French bakery here makes rose and strawberry jam for Valentines day.
Those cupcakes look so yummy!

Heather Jacob said...

yummo these look absolutely delicious .... wonderful photos thanks for sharing .... the soft pink is awesome xoxo

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Your pale pink cupcakes look so pretty! I love how you put the icing on, it looks yummy! I haven't baked much since the holidays so maybe I will have to this weekend. I'm putting my painting on hold this weekend, too.
Sounds like you are preparing a giveaway right up my alley! I can't wait to see what you do!

~Shanon

Town and Country Gals said...

Jessie,
your cupcakes look so sweet and lovely! Perfect on that fabulous plate. I sure they taste as good as they look! Sounds like a little "baking therapy" is just the break you need!
Rebecca

Town and Country Gals said...

Jessie,
your cupcakes look so sweet and lovely! Perfect on that fabulous plate. I sure they taste as good as they look! Sounds like a little "baking therapy" is just the break you need!
Rebecca

Curtains in My Tree said...

Those cupocakes looks so good. And they are dangerous to my health and weight LOL
I am type 2 diabetes now and have to limit myself and it's so hard to do, I must resist

June said...

Oh do these look yum!!!! And perfect for Valentine's Day Jessie. The soft rose icing is just beautiful!
sending hugs...

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Sweet Friend,
Oh those cupcakes look just delicious and almost way too pretty to eat!! And the plate, makes me want to swoon!!!
I hope your doing well, and thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments and lovely e-mails Jessie, you always make my day!
Have a beautiful weekend!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Rachel Cotterill said...

I absolutely love the taste of rosewater, and these are very cute looking too, with the rose icing. Beautiful :)

Tanya@takesix said...

Beautiful looking cupcakes. I just watched a youtube tutorial on decorating cupcakes just like these. Did you use a 2D icing tip? I need to buy a tip and that is what they suggested. I love the look of yours.

Lorraine said...

Love the way you frosted them to look like roses!! I'm in a cupcake mood now! Very cute vintage valentines indeed!! Beautiful blog! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!!

Poppy said...

Wow! these look absolutely delicious!I like the idea of adding rosewater to cake mix.I'm going to try this out and I have rosewater.. never thought about using it in a batter before. And your presentation is absolutely gorgeous... using the french transferware under the cloche or a glass of sparkling bubbly. Beautiful post!Thanks for your sweet note and following me. Your newest follower~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Jennelise said...

Absolutely gorgeous! They look too pretty to eat! :)
Jennelise

Maria said...

These look wonderfully delicious! Love rosewater! And they look so beautiful!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Beautiful cupcakes and I am sure they taste as delicious as they look! They would not last five minutes in our house!!
HPS!
Jil ♥

Red Rose Alley said...

These cupcakes look simply delicious, Jessie, and buttercream frosting is my favorite. Such a pretty plate to put them on too. Have a nice weekend, dear.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

raggygirlvintage said...

Very pretty and they look so yummy too!
Tracey

That shabby Pink Girl said...

Well I love Pink and Roses, so your cupcakes spoke to me, gosh the frosting looks like a real rose, very unique.And I love the pink transferware plate. I love Heart Day also. Thanks for sharing!
Happy Pink Day!
marian elizabeth

Holly Lefevre said...

I am really excited to try changing things up a bit with some Rosewater cupcakes! Love that little addition - so perfect for Valentines day (or in my world any day!). Pinning it to my Valentines Day board!
Holly
504 Main

Tina´s PicStory said...

very sweet! ♥

keity said...

Happy to find your Blog today. So wonderful your pictures!
I love those vintage dishes:)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you all once again for your sweet words on my simple post. Looking forward to visiting all of your lovely blogs this weekend!


Hugs,
Jessie

Cottage and Broome said...

Your cupcakes look wonderful. But how did you get the frosting to look like that, beautiful?! Thanks for sharing, Laura

Gabriela Delworth said...

HPS!


Love these cupcakes!


Gabriela

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Those are so beautiful! Love that idea, thank you for sharing!

Vintage Home said...

Fabulous plate! Scrumptious looking cupcakes...with dreamy icing!

J. Beaudet said...

Wow these are beautiful! Almost too good to eat...almost.
Can't wait to see your giveaway; glad I found you!
Jenniferxx

Delicia said...

These cupcakes are so adorable. We love cupcakes in our house. My 11 yr old daughter is a fanatic (she has a handful of clothing with pics of them). My 13 yr old daughter and I love to bake them. We'll have to try this.

My Profile said...

I've just discovered your blog, its really gorgeous, simple but professional. I adore the cupcakes, I am a "rose" fanatic, I paint huge canvases of roses.

I am absolutely mind blown how you must have piped the top of the cupcakes to get that lovely rose effect. I am sure that if I tried it would be running everywhere, it looks so professional.

I am pleased I came across your blog through The French Cupboard where I was sharing my bedroom makeover using some old French shutters...I love everything French.

Thank you for sharing the cupcakes and lovely photos.

Lee

Katherines Corner said...

they look delish and beautiful. I love pretty food!Hugs and Happy Pink Saturday xo

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

these delicate and gorgeous delights are absolutely FABULOUS!!!! eye candy and i am sure the best sweet treat anyone could ever dream of!!!!! thank you so much for sharing!!!! : ) hugs...

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

oh silly me -- i thought i was having a brain freeze! i knew i had commented on these beauties and just could not for the life of me find my comment and here it was right on top! silly me!!! i know that these will pop up in my review SOON!!!! :) they are just toooooo gorgeous! hugs...

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello dear friends & visitors! Thank you again for taking the time to drop by my page to leave me such sweet comments - it truly makes my day!!! I just want to let you all know that I will be posting a link with the recipes/tips for these cupcakes/frosting directly on this post. I was going to do it today, but I've been having issues with blogger! :( So hopefully I can get the link up by Monday, so stay tuned & check back in for that! :) Happy Sunday everyone!


Hugs,
Jessie

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Lovely and I just saw rose water at the store so now I want to pick some up! What tip did you use to get that pretty rose petal look? Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic Party that starts tonight:)

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

These are gorgeous - I LOVE cake, but these are so pretty, I don't know if I could eat them....I'd probably be able to talk myself into it, somehow. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following you back - your blog is beautiful.

Marina {Yummy Mummy) said...

Oh so lovely! I did a whole cake like that once. I would like those cupcakes and a glass of bubbly sitting on my counter :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy to be your newest follower!

Abramyan Avenue said...

Gorgeous post!! I love it!! You have made me want to stop by Cupprimo and get my fav strawberry cupcake.I do hope you tell us how you did it! And I love your vintage French plate...too pretty!
Thanks for sharing (and making us crave a cupcake!)..hope you had a wonderful weekend!
-april

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello again everyone! I just updated the blog post above and posted the link to the recipes for the cupcakes & frosting {at the end of the blog post}! Enjoy!


XOXO's,
Jessie

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

These are completely lovely! They look like gorgeous pink roses. Far too gorgeous to eat...but I may have to eat them all up anyway!!

Sarahx

Susan said...

They are just lovely! As is the vintage plate.

the lowes said...

wow those are beautiful! and the icing looks gorgeous - I dont think I could ever get it to look like that myself! Your blog is so lovely, so glad I found you today! blessings!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Very lovely cupcakes! following you now. Pat

Janae said...

These are like the cutest cup cakes I have ever seen!!!! I am going to go follow you now!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! Come share at my new link party: http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/01/dwell-on-fridays-two.html

Would love for you to come check it out! Have a great week :)

Ruby Jean said...

These not only look Beautiful they SOUND Beautiful!!! :)
http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-8-and-hightlights/

bohemiannie! art said...

No matter how you display them, I'm sure they taste as beautiful as they look!

Heidi said...

Wow! They look beautiful. I love the pale, delicate rose colored frosting. You are really a talented decorator. Thank you for sharing such a lovely Valentine cupcake idea on The Country Homemaker Hop! Have a great week.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The pink icing is so pretty and the cupcakes look wonderful under your glass dome. thank you for linking to the Open House party. Hugs, Sherry

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Yum! That pink icing is so pretty, lovely detail.

Thank you so much for linking to the challenge.
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing these beauties at Dwell on Friday!

Michelle Paige said...

So elegant and beautiful! I love your style. Thanks so much for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

This sweet creation is been featured today at Craftastic Monday’s link party (and on Sew Can Do’s Pinterest). Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking & can’t wait to see what you link up next:)

Heidi @ homeingreece said...

These are beautiful! Where I live, rosewater and orange flower water are very popular, I have a lot of experience with orange flower water but very little with rosewater. Your cupcakes make me want to give this a try! Maybe this will be my Valentine's treat. Thanks for posting!

Sejal Bovenizer said...

Your blog is so pretty! These cupcakes look so delicate and rosewater is one of my fave flavors. Can't wait to make these and have one with some champagne!

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