For a great alternative to flower bouquet, Cheryl from Cheryl Elizabeth Craft has come up with a beautiful Mother’s Day Mini Rose Water Cake to really wow the special women in your life!
Mother’s Day Mini Rose Water Cake
Mother’s Day is one of the most popular holidays for flowers. Everyone knows this. You see husbands and kids swarming the flower departments of grocery stores the night before or morning of Mother’s Day every year! A vase full of aromatic flowers is a beautiful gift to give yes, but there are other ways to bring the beauty of flowers to your mother or wife on Mother’s Day.
My husband is very culinary savvy; he makes ALL our meals. For dessert or cocktails, that task is left up to me. Additionally, he’s not inclined to buy flowers. Don’t get me wrong, my husband loves flowers. We buy them all the time for our home, but for major holidays we lay off of all the floral excitement. So, for this Mother’s Day I thought I’d teach him a cool way to turn the idea of flowers into a delicious mini rose cake & rose cocktail for his Momma and me!
The cocktail is mostly for me.
This mini cake is EASY, and it’s a great way to get the kids involved in making Mom something special.
-White or Vanilla boxed cake mix- Betty Crocker
-1 Tbsp. of Rose water- Tazah from Valley Marketplace
-1/3 c. Unsweetened applesauce
-1 ¼ c. Water
-Buttercream icing- Betty Crocker
-1 tsp. Rose water *optional
-Raspberries for decorating
–6-7” small round cake pan or glass baking dish
-Artificial roses or flowers for decorating
Baking & Decorating Instructions
Preheat the oven according to box instructions. Around 350◦. Prepare cake pan by greasing the bottom and sides.
(Using unsweetened applesauce instead of oil is a healthier option to lower the fat and calories in the cake. I also think applesauce pairs well with the rose flavoring of the cake. Substituting applesauce for oil is typically a 1:1 ratio, but because I used Betty Crocker for the mix, I based the recipe on the recommended measurement from their instructions on bettycrocker.com.)
In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, applesauce, water and rosewater. Mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into your baking dish so that it is about half way full. I used a 4 ½” deep clear Pyrex glass dish that is oven safe. If using the recommended mini sized round dish, you will have leftover batter. You can use the leftover batter to make a layered cake or cupcakes. If you do not want to do either, just cut the recipe in half and save the remaining dry mix to make another small cake some other time.
Bake according to round cake cooking times on the back of the box. About 24-32 minutes. Insert toothpick to come out clean. Let the cake cook completely on wire rack before icing.
Rose Water Icing Instructions *Optional
Scoop buttercream icing into a bowl for mixing. Add ½ teaspoon of rose water to icing and mix well.
Cake Decorating Instructions
With a wide butter knife, spread icing in a circular motion until top is covered. Use the flat edge of the knife to smooth the icing as you frost the sides of the cake. I use a pizza pan to decorate my cakes! Those handy affordable pans spin on every counter surface.
Pick two or three flowers from your artificial bouquet to stick in the center of the cake. They pop off of the stems pretty easily. (To be safe: make sure flowers have been washed a day or two prior to cake making. Use a paper towel to dry the flowers after they have been wet to be sure the dye from the flowers does not come off. )
Stick the stems of the flowers in the center of the cake. Take a few raspberries and place them around the flowers.
Decorating your mini cake is a fun and thoughtful way to show Mom she is loved and appreciated.
I encouraged my husband to be creative -after all, this cake will be the rose “bouquet” he brings to Mother’s Day. We also used the leftover batter to make a second mini cake. One to take to Momma, and the other to be eaten immediately by me!
Check out this *amazing* cocktail below – Mom will love it, too!!
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