Red Velvet Cupcakes with Candied Rose Petals

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Not sure what’s gotten into me – I’ve been making more sweets than usual. I’ve often wondered why I lost my love for desserts – I adored them until I hit about 30, then it all changed. I absolutely crave – need – spice, but I could go forever without a piece of cake or candy and be just fine.  Just give me my hot and spicy, cheesy and salty grub and I’m a happy girl.

On the other hand, my family is a bunch sweetaholics, so I guess I do get some satisfaction from making them happy. Plus, they get way more excited when I make a dessert rather than a dinner recipe. They seem a tad more tolerant of my incessant snatching-the-food-away-to-get-to-the-window-before-I-lose-sunlight-for-the-picture moments.

We all win.

I loved red velvet cake when I was a kid, so that’s one of the reasons I wanted to make these, not to mention that I had a vaseful of beautiful roses from my Foodbuzz 24×24 party that were about to wilt away.

Plus, it’s almost V-day.

You need to make these for your sweetheart…


Adapted by Food Network


Makes 16 servings

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/4 salt

1 1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1 3/4 cup white sugar

2 tsp red food coloring

3 eggs

1 1/4 tsp white vinegar

2 tbsp water

1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Icing

1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature

1 pound butter, room temperature

2 pounds confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Rose Petals

Rose Petals

Powdered sugar

1-2 egg whites, depending on how many rose petals you’re making

First make the petals. Soak them in cold water for a few minutes, drain, and soak again. Rinse. Whisk together the egg(s).

Very carefully brush the petals with egg white, then lay flat on parchment paper. Lightly press each side in the sugar and place back on the parchment.

Now, the cupcakes.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder; set aside.

In a stand mixer combine the oil, buttermilk, and sugar on low until combined. Add food coloring, eggs, vinegar, water and vanilla with the mixer still on low until incorporated.

Add dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time (still on low), stopping the mixer between each addition to scrape the sides down. Mix until just combined. Bake in cupcake liners for 20-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Lastly…the icing.

Cream the butter and cream cheese together in a mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. Add vanilla and mix on low until combined.

Frost the cupcakes, then add a rose petal on top. Store in the refrigerator.


Yes, I did taste them. The cake was very dense and moist, and the cream cheese icing is perfect.

Happy Hump Day!


  • Miz Helen
    February 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    What a perfect for a Special Valentine, it really looks delicious! Hope you have a wonderful week and Special Valentine’s Day. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Catherine
    February 11, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    My tongue has been grazed by this recipe’s picture alone. I thought I’m only able to find recipes like this at http://www.gourmandia.com but I guess its not. Sometimes its also good to explore the web for something new.

  • Jacqueline
    February 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    These look so tasty! Thank you for sharing this at simply creations link party!

  • Hilary
    February 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    I love the rose petal extra touch! Thanks so much for sharing on Weekend Potluck!

  • Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com
    February 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    I love this! We just posted our very first Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and we would LOVE for you to stop by and link this up! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

  • Genêt
    February 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Those look incredibly delicious! And I love the whole candied rose petals idea!

  • [email protected]
    February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Gorgeous and yummy cupcakes! Great photos =)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    February 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I could not live without sweets in my life (even since I turned 30), wish I couldn’t though! These look so pretty, and perfect for V-Day!

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