Meaning heavy on the chocolate…and the roses!

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You know how yesterday I was talking about the tomboy in me? Well today, I am kind of kicking that part of me to the side and going all girly on you guys. Well, not that girly, but I did make cupcakes flavored with roses and while these picture have sort of a dark and moody feel, I can’t help but feel happy just looking at them.

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It’s the roses.

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Flowers are the one girly thing that suck me in every time. I am not big on make-up (mascara and chapstick is about it for me), I really do not like the color pink, I’d rather drive a stick shift car than an automatic and I’d rather spend the day in the snow, maybe even hanging out with my brothers, than in the mall (BUT I do like the mall…on a rainy day…my grandma did pass that gene onto me). Also, just thought I should mention that my younger sister Asher (she’s six) and I could not be more different. She is the ultimate girly girl and pink is her all time favorite color.

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And now that we got that all sorted out, let’s talk about all things Deep Dark and Rosy, like these Red Velvet Cupcakes.

This was my first experience with baking red velvet cupcakes. Normally, I am not that into red velvet because food coloring freaks me out a bit and well, there is really just not enough chocolate in them for my liking. So while I still used the food coloring, I did end up adding kind of, sort of, a lot more chocolate. Hence the “Deep Dark” part to this recipe.

Oh, and rose water!! Some of you may think it’s weird to be flavoring cupcakes with roses, but I promise you, it’s not and it’s so perfect.

If you don’t have rose water on hand… nor does your neighbor, your mom or your sister, and you simply must make these today, you can leave the rose water out.

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But really, the flavors all compliment each other really well, so try to find the rose water first!

The standouts from greatest to least are chocolate, rose and vanilla. When mixed in with a little sugar and a little butter, magic happens. No really it does.

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I know that a lot of people only associate red velvet with Christmas, but for me, red velvet is definitely a February thing. And for some reason this year, I really went full force with the V-Day eats. No idea why, but it was fun (so umm, check back next week because there is a lot of good food coming your way).

These cupcakes were just the start, I loved them. I haven’t said that yet, but I really did love them. The chocolate flavor is awesome and subtle light flavors of the roses balance the chocolate out. AND that cream cheese frosting. Whoa.

That’s maybe the best thing ever. Seriously, so good.

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The good thing, no awesome thing, about these cupcakes is that you can make them anytime of the year. For a particular occasion…or for no reason at all, which really is the best.

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Oh, and sorry about all these pictures. I can’t help but take loads photos when things are pretty…

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And, expect more of these roses. I paid forty bucks for them, so you know I used them till their death. Actually, they are not dead yet, maybe I can color them green for March – just kidding.

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The Recipe

Deep Dark and Rosy, Red Velvet Cupcakes.

*I do not regularly keep cake flour on hand so I used a mix of all-purpose flour and cornstarch. If you happen to have cake flour on hand, you can use 2 1/2 cups cake flour and NO cornstarch.**To quickly bring eggs to room temperature place them in a bowl and fill with warm water. Let them sit five minutes.***Rose water can be purchased at most health food stores or online. Here is the link to the one I bought on [Amazon |]. I chose the 4 oz bottle because it was more economical than the 2 oz bottle.**** Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers. Once the cupcakes are frosted, store in the fridge and bring to room temp before eating. This recipe is easily halved.****Cupcakes adapted from [Martha Stewart |]
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes



  • 2 cups flour*
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rose water*
  • 2-4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened (or unsalted with 1/2 tsp salt), 8 tablespoons
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons rose water*
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together the sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food coloring, vanilla and rose water.
  4. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk, and mixing well after each addition. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam) and add the mixture to the batter, mix on medium speed until combined. Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans, filling each three-quarters full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, do not over bake. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, make the frosting, using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla bean seeds and rose water until smooth. Add cream to reach your desired consistency.
  7. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost with the cream cheese frosting. Decorate with roses if desired.
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Have a very Deep Dark and Rosy, Red Velvet Cupcakes Friday!