Romantic rose cupcakes

Romantic rose cupcakes

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(96 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 12 deep cupcakes

These decorative cupcakes make the perfect centrepiece for a wedding or christening, or a lovely gift

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (without frosting)

  • kcal525
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars47g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.36g
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  • 150ml pot natural yogurt
  • 3 eggs, beaten



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • 100g ground almond
  • 175g unsalted butter, melted

For the white chocolate frosting

  • 100g white chocolate
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  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 140g icing sugar


  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases and heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. In a jug, mix the yogurt, eggs and vanilla extract. Put the dry ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.

  2. Add the yogurty mix and melted butter, and quickly fold in with a spatula or metal spoon – don’t overwork it. Spoon into the cases (they will be quite full) and bake for 18-20 mins or until golden, risen and springy to the touch. Cool for a few mins, then lift the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze as soon as possible.

  3. White chocolate frosting: Melt the chocolate in the microwave on High for 1½ mins, stirring halfway. Leave to cool. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in the chocolate. Cover and chill for up to one month.

  4. Up to 48 hrs before serving (or the day before if it’s really hot), bring the frosting back to room temperature, then spread over the cakes. Put the ribbon around the cakes now if you like, tying or glueing in place. Keep cool, out of direct sunlight.

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19th Jan, 2019
Lovely cupcakes. I brought it to work and everyone loved it, gave some to my husband for his colleagues and they all loved it as well. I actually split the ganache and managed to salvage it by adding a splash of liquid to it, I used rum ;) Just like the review previous to this, I also used raspberry and mint leaves as substitute of the sugar rose. But next time I'll make mini cupcakes instead of these big ones.
11th May, 2017
I made these as the recipe suggested and they turned out beautifully. The were really light and moist.Instead of the sugared roses I put fresh raspberries on top and these worked really well with the white chocolate icing. Will defo be using this again!
12th Jan, 2017
The yoghurt makes these really moist and delicious. I'll definitely make these again! Recipe made way too much icing for me though. Probably half or even less would have done the job.
29th Mar, 2015
Lovely cupcakes. Made 2/3 of the quantity of icing and found there was more than enough to spread on the cupcakes. Will make again.
1st Feb, 2015
Tried making this after reading the amazing reviews and personally I thought they weren't nice at all. They looked fine and everything but I could taste the yoghurt! Not pleasant at all, waste of ingredients. :(
4th Apr, 2014
These are now my go-to cakes. So easy to make, no need to beat the butter and sugar together, they freeze really well, the yoghurt and ground almonds keep them very moist, and the icing is perfect. I made these for a party along with a selection of others and these were the most popular by far. I have personally found they work better as cupcakes than a large cake, but still decent results. I'm going to try substituting the almonds for hazelnuts or coconut with a milk chocolate frosting.
28th Mar, 2014
These are the easiest most delicious cupcakes ever! Hardly any mixing and they're really light and fluffy. I'm going to use this recipe every time from now on.
19th Feb, 2014
Easy to follow recipe. I made this as a layer cake, and replaced the yoghurt with buttermilk as that was what I had in the fridge. The sponge comes out as quite dense, but moist and flavoursome. The white chocolate icing is a dream to make and spread.
16th Oct, 2013
Delicious light sponge - a great recipe, used natural fromage frais as no yoghurt.
31st Jul, 2013
The lightest cupcake ever and no beating, think THAT is the secret, mix as lightly and with as few strokes as needed, wow. used a vanilla flavoured yogurt as was all I had.


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