A spring-summer dream come true, perfect for bridal showers, afternoon tea, or a decadent breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea. This recipe comes from "The California Cook: Casually Elegant Recipes with Exhilarating Taste" by Diane Rossen Worthington. The active work time includes making candied rose petals -- if you don't intend to make that part, subtract about 20-25 minutes from the active time.
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon extract
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons rose water
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, strained
- 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
Candied Rose Petals
- rose petal, from two organic roses
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- granulated sugar, enough to coat petals (have at least a cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about four minutes.
- Beat in the eggs, zest and lemon extract, and mix for two minutes.
- Reduce the mixer to the lowest speed, add half the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
- Add half the sour cream, mixing slowly yet constantly, and then add the rest of the flour and sour cream.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the thickest part of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cake rack.
- Next, make the glaze. Using a wire strainer, sift the powdered sugar into a small non-aluminum bowl.
- Add the juice and whisk to break up any lumps.
- Place the cake on your cake plate (which must have a lip!).
- While the cake is still warm, using a long skewer (or just a toothpick), poke holes all around the top of the cake, stopping an inch or so shy of the bottom.
- Spoon-drizzle the syrup over the cake. If you have time, keep re-basting the cake with glaze that pools on the plate.
- For the candied rose petals: Pinch off the bitter, white section at the base of each petal.
- Whisk egg white and water together. Dip each petal in egg mixture or gently brush both sides each petal.
- Place petals, convex side down to drain on wax paper.
- When drained but still damp, sprinkle both sides with sugar. Shake off excess, place on fresh waxed paper and dry at room temperature for 12 hours.
- Store in covered container in refrigerator. Good for about a month.
- Note: these egg whites are not cooked, so use whatever needed precautions for raw eggs (always best to use the freshest eggs possible).
- Serve each piece with a few candied rose petals, or serve the whole cake at the table with rose petals sprinkled over and around it.