Friday, August 1, 2008

Peach-Rosewater Cupcakes

The last time I was at Whole Foods Market I was in the baking aisle, looking for some good vanilla extract and came across this beautiful bottle of Rose Flower Water. I didn't really know what to do with it, but thought the bottle was just so intriguing, it looked so old, and it was just so I bought it.

Lo and behold, when looking through Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World I saw a recipe for Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes. So, now I had something to do with my rosewater, only, when am I going to be able to get away with making cupcakes that contain nuts and not have Stella begging for one? So, I file away the fact that the recipe is there, I put the beautiful bottle of rosewater in the drawer and more or less forget about it, until tonight.

I pulled out VCTOTW, looked over the recipe, and decided to give it a go sans pistachios. The result was this absolutely gorgeous Peach-Rosewater Cupcake with Rosewater Buttercream Icing. They became "peach" because I didn't have any vanilla soy yogurt. My two options were peach or blueberry, and well, peach just seemed to go better with rosewater. I also didn't have the cardamom that the recipe calls for, so I omitted that. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. I also used the buttercream recipe from VCTOTW, reducing the sugar by 1 full cup, and adding 1 tsp of rosewater to the icing.

The resulting cupcake was a wonderfully moist, not too sweet, peach flavored cake with a hint of rose in the background. They were so elegant and delicious, and of course, loved by all!!


Vegetation said...

Yum! These sound delicious and so pretty too!

Chessa said...

Wow, those sound so gourmet and delicious! I really like rosewater, it seems like magic. :)

Jenny said...

Those look so yummy! You are right, the bottle of rose water is beautiful! What an intriguin ingredient.

The Dalai Mama said...

Cool! Those are awesome. That photo could be published in a gourmet food magazine, you know. It would be perfect for too.

Tuco said...

I like the quotes you're using (and the fabulous photos!).

Have you seen this quote? It's my favourite one re/ veggie/veganism:

"To be a vegetarian is to disagree -- to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars -- we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer, author, Nobel Prize 1978