A Rose Cake for a beautiful Rose
My sister’s name is Rose. Therefore her birthday cake had to have roses. And be pink of course. Queue the Wilton 1M, ready for some rose swirls! Rose is a lovely name, very pretty and it means she is so easy to buy presents for. I am probably most guilty of always buying her things with roses on them but this I managed to steer away from anything printed with roses, even wrapping paper … although I did still opt for arRose themed cake of course. Oh and it had to be pink or I think she might have cried (yes, it was her 21st). Rosie, if you are reading this, after the success of the ‘Rose Cake’ your challenge is now to make a ‘Lottie Cake’ … Good Luck!!
My sister’s 21st birthday was great fun. She managed to spread it out over an awfully long time but I think that is allowed when it is your 21st. It started at the after show party for ‘Half a Sixpence‘ where she turned 21 when the clock struck 12. This is where we had this cake. The next day we all went for afternoon tea at Fanny’s Farm in the pudding room. Fanny’s Farm is a delightful place and the pudding room was lovely…and yet more cake! I made her another cake too that she took to work that week and then the weekend after it was time for a meal out with family friends and then off to party. This time I made cupcakes…Rose themed cakes of course! Then at the end of this week she was off to the Ritz for afternoon tea, lucky her! … yet more cake!
You might recognise the theme of dark chocolate cake and pink icing from a cake I have previously blogged. I think it is really effective and everyone loves chocolate cake, so I went for it again, but with a different cake recipe this time. After the success of the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake I made for another recent birthday I decided to use the sponge recipe for this cake. It is a lovely moist and chocolatey cake. You can find the recipe here. It is from theHummingbird Bakery Book ‘Cake Days’. I used exactly the same recipe but isntead of dividing the mix between 3 tins I used 2 this time. You can also see a previous Rose Swirl cake I have made here.
The icing is a simple vanilla buttercream, the only thing is you need a lot of it to do the rose swirls. It is better to make more than you need as well so you don’t have to make up more and try to get the same colour. With an electric whisk beat together 500g softened unsalted butter with 1kg sifted icing sugar. Add 2 tbsp milk to loosen the mixture and add food colouring to acheive the colour you want. I used Sugarflair Pink Paste for this, you only need a tiny bit. Put a small amount of buttercream on the cake board you are using to stick the bottom layer to. Ice the top of this with a layer of buttercream and sandwich with the second layer.
Coat the cake in a thin layer of buttercream. There will be gaps between roses so this will hide the gaps a bit and also catches the cake crumbs. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M (or other large star nozzle) and cover the cake in rose swirls. These are done by starting from the inside and swirling out. I did 2 layers of roses on the side of the cake in different colours and also covered the top in 2 colours of roses. You can fill the gaps with more piping but don’t worry about little gaps too much.
And this is the cake I made for her to take to work. It is exactly the same sponge but just one layer and uses vanilla buttercream too.
More Rose Cakes to come!
Lottie xx and Happy 21st Rose!