Hello Friends! Long time, no blog!!! Well, now that the whirlwind that was October has subsided, I finally have the chance to sit down and share with you an awesome and easy decorating project that we stumbled upon: Candied Rose Petals! Yes, you read that correctly–rose petals. Now, I know some of you may be a little hesitant about eating flowers, but trust me, they’re wonderful and make for pretty cupcakes.
So with that, here is a little step-by-step tutorial. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2-4 Pesticide-Free Spray Rose Blossoms (You can also use traditional roses. We like the spray roses because the petals are more proportionate to a standard size cupcake)
- 1 Egg White
- 1 Tbs. Water
- Superfine Sugar (Granulated works just fine–you’ll just end up with slightly bigger crystals)
- Colander & Bowl
- Small Paint Brush
- Baking Sheet lined with Wax Paper
Step 1: Wash the Petals
Place a colander in another bowl of equal size and fill with water. Next, take each blossom and remove the sepal and receptacle (this the green, leafy part at the bottom). Place the petals in the water and give it a swirl to loosen and remove any dirt that may be present. Lift the colander and allow the water to drain. Carefully, remove the petals and gently pat them dry with a cloth of paper towl.
Step 2: Prepare your Egg Wash
In a small bowl, combine the egg white and water and whisk vigorously until frothy.
Ok, here’s the fun part! (Make sure to do these next steps one petal at a time)
Step 3: Paint your Petals
Take a petal and with your paint brush, apply a thin coat of the egg wash to both sides
Step 4: Sugar your Petals
Immediately after applying the wash, place the petal in a shallow bowl or plate filled with sugar. Coat each side evenly and tap to remove excess sugar.
Step 5: Set your Petals
After coating your petal in sugar, start creating a single layer of petals on your baking sheet. Repeat steps 3-5 until all the petals have been candied. Place in a cool, dry location until the petals are dry and stiff to the touch.
Note: Your pretty little petals will need 2-3 days to set completely. After that you can decorate your little confections with them, store them for later use (they keep for a couple moths), or just snack on them (really good on an almond butter sandwich!)
…and that’s it! Easy right?!
Well now that you have a new project, check out our petals for inspiration. We decided to use them for the Crate&Barrel Wedding Party at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. Check out our confections on our Facebook or Flickr <3