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Taste - - Contents - RECIPE Karla Good­win PHO­TO­GRAPH Me­lanie Jenk­ins

Spring is com­ing up roses with these flo­ral, but­ter­cream-topped cup­cakes. Use sea­sonal blooms to dec­o­rate your sweet treats

Rose wa­ter cup­cakes

READY IN 45 min­utes plus cooling time MAKES 12

240g caster sugar 225g plain flour 1 Tbsp bak­ing pow­der ½ tsp salt 125g un­salted but­ter, at room tem­per­a­ture 2 free-range eggs 1 tsp good-qual­ity vanilla ex­tract 200ml milk, at room tem­per­a­ture ROSE WA­TER IC­ING 110g un­salted but­ter, at room tem­per­a­ture 60ml milk 500g ic­ing sugar 1 tsp rose wa­ter (or to taste) Rose and vi­o­let gel food colour­ing Fresh, un­sprayed flow­ers, to dec­o­rate (op­tional)

1 Pre­heat oven to 180°C (160°C fan­bake). Line a 12-hole muf­fin tray with cup­cake cases. 2 In a large bowl, beat to­gether the dry in­gre­di­ents with a hand­held elec­tric mixer un­til thor­oughly com­bined. Add the but­ter and con­tinue beat­ing un­til the mix­ture re­sem­bles bread­crumbs. 3 In an­other bowl, beat to­gether the eggs, vanilla and milk. Add half the egg mix­ture to the dry in­gre­di­ents and mix well, scrap­ing down the sides of the bowl to en­sure every­thing is in­cor­po­rated. Add re­main­ing egg mix­ture and beat to com­bine. 4 Di­vide mix­ture be­tween the cases, fill­ing each to at least two-thirds full. Bake in the mid­dle of the oven for 20-25 min­utes, un­til a skewer in­serted into the cen­tre of the cup­cakes comes out clean or they bounce back when lightly pressed. Cool in the tray for 10 min­utes be­fore turn­ing out onto a wire rack to cool com­pletely. 5 Com­bine all ic­ing in­gre­di­ents (ex­cept food colour­ing) in a large bowl and beat with a hand­held mixer un­til light and fluffy. Split ic­ing into two bowls, add a small amount of rose gel colour­ing to one and vi­o­let to the other, and stir each to achieve a colour you like. 6 When the cup­cakes are cool, use a small pal­ette knife to ice half with the rose-coloured ic­ing and the other half with vi­o­let. Dec­o­rate with fresh flow­ers if de­sired. ○

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