Rose Flavored Mini Cupcakes

December 6, 2018mayurisjikoni



Today’s recipe is for the Recipe Swap Challenge Group. What is this group all about? Initiated by Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan, every alternate month the participants are paired up. We choose a recipe to cook from our partner’s blog. The recipe can be cooked as it is or make slight changes. This a great group as it allows me to prepare recipes that I’ve bookmarked or saved from fellow bloggers.

For the month of December I was partnered with Lathiya who blogs at Lathi’s Kitchen. She has quite a few interesting dishes from Kerala and lovely bakes too. Recently her Panellets caught my attention. So that too will be included in the must try recipe collection. I had other two recipes bookmarked from her blog, Mambazha Pulissery and Crunchy topped Rose Flavored Mini Muffins. 

Please make time to check out Lathiya’s blog. She made a delish Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding replacing the strawberry and kiwi that I had used.

Whenever this challenge comes up, I find it difficult which recipe to choose as most bloggers have such a wonderful collection. The tussle was between ripe mango yogurt curry or the muffins. Muffins won for 2 main reasons. One, I had some rose liqueur which my kaki had given me sometime back and hadn’t used it as yet and two, I had not baked mini muffins! Surprised, well, it happens doesn’t it? Once I tried and the recipe was a flop.

Adding the rose liqueur alone did not give that required rose taste so I also added some rose syrup, you know the one we use for making falooda or plain rose milk during summer. I also didn’t want the crunchy top so added a bit more liquid and increased the baking powder. I didn’t use banana puree as it would mask the rose flavor.

Overall experience… we loved the cute cute cupcakes and though the actual ones have a beautiful light pink hue, my daughter or I could not capture the colour on our iPhones… yes still use it for all my clicks.

I’d definitely make this recipe again as the cute cupcakes make a wonderful home baked gift. Check out the recipe for these aromatic and delicious cupcakes. I’d like to thank Lathiya for the recipe as it inspired me to make a slightly different version.You may wonder why I changed the name from muffins to cupcakes. Well my take is that for muffins you mix the dry and wet ingredients. For cupcakes, one needs to cream sugar and butter together, add liquid and then the flour.

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makes 28

1 cup plain flour (can use wheat flour if you like)

¾ tsp baking powder

½ cup sugar

¼ cup milk

¼ cup(approx. 50g) soft butter

2 tbsp rose liqueur

2 tbsp rose syrup

1 egg

pinch of salt

1 tbsp dried rose petals

1 tbsp pistachio slivers

1 tbsp cacao nibs

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the mini muffin tray or molds with paper cups.
  2. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
  3. Add sugar and butter in another bowl.
  4. Whisk it till it becomes creamy and pale in colour.
  5. Add the egg and milk and whisk well.
  6. Add the liqueur and rose syrup and whisk.
  7. Add the flour and fold it into the mixture.
  8. Add pistachio slivers, cacao nibs and rose petals. Fold it in gently to mix.
  9. Spoon about a teaspoonful of the batter into the prepared tray or molds.
  10. Bake the cupcakes for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Insert a toothpick into the middle of one cake. If it comes out clean then the cakes are done.
  12. Put the mini cupcakes on a wire rack to cool.
  13. Serve with some tea.



  • If you don’t want to add the liqueur just replace it with some milk.
  • You can frost the cakes but I opted not to.
  • Add pink food colour if you like.
  • Replace cacao nibs with dark chocolate chips.


Pin for later:

rose flavored mini cupcakes

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

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You may want to check out the following cupcakes/muffins:

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orange and cranberry muffins


mango marble mini bundt cakes


eggless coconut cupcakes


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  • Lathiya

    December 7, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I’m so glad that you chose this recipe to recreate…it came out so beautifully and thank you for such nice words 😊😍

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Lathiya.. as soon as I saw the recipe, my brain was churning out so many options.

  • Priya Suresh

    December 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    With rose flavors am sure this cupcakes will be super aromatic na, never baked cupcakes with rose flavor, now am tempted to bake some after going through yours. Lovely pick Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 10, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Priya, ever since I’ve made rose flavored cookies, desserts I’ve fallen in love with the floral aroma and taste. Try the recipe, its sure will be a winner.

  • SewWhite Sisley

    December 11, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I love rose in bakes and these are so cute too!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • vikalinkafood

    December 11, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    These cupcakes look adorable. So pretty and feminine. I love anything rose flavoured!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much, I too love anything with rose flavor.

  • Anna | Serving Dumplings

    December 11, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Such a cute and aromatic cupcakes! they look amazing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much Anna.

  • Choclette

    December 11, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I do a lot of baking with rose. Love the flavour. Yours cakes look so pretty and delicate.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much.

  • kellie anderson

    December 11, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    These look so very pretty, summery, and the ingredients so delicious. If it wasn’t the dead of winter here in the UK I would be making these right now.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much Kellie…Mombasa is hot whole year round 🙂

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    December 15, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Wow cupcakes looks so beautiful Mayuri. Loved the light pink colour. I am sure taste is lip-smacking.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 16, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata, they tasted awesome.

  • Paarul

    December 23, 2018 at 4:42 am

    These rose flavored cuppies are the perfect treat for festive season.They came out so perfect.Beeutifully done dear.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    December 23, 2018 at 6:32 am

    They look absolutely delicious and loved your styling. Beautifully captured

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Thank you so much Veena.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    December 23, 2018 at 7:01 am

    the muffins are looking so beautiful. Love the rose flavor here   so so delicious !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 23, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Sasmita.

  • Jolly

    December 23, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    What an awesome looking mini rose flavoured cupcakes. Love the fact that you used rose liquor with syrup, I have used rose syrup many times in my many desserts & they smell awesome, I’m sure ur cupcakes tastes so yumm, feel the flavour. Beautiful captured!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much Jolly.

  • Ankita

    December 24, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Lovely cupcake. The addition of rose syrup gives a very good light pink colour to it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 25, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Ankita, it does.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    December 27, 2018 at 2:04 am

    I love the rose flavored muffins. I have some gulkund in my pantry and I am tempted to give this recipe a try using that.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Sandhya, Im sure it will taste good with gulkand.

  • poonampagar

    December 30, 2018 at 4:08 am

    I love the aroma and flavor of rose in my desserts. Your cupcakes look adorable and I am sure they are treat to the tastebuds. The beautiful presentation and photography is making them all the more desirable di!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 2, 2019 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. I too love rose flavor in my desserts.

  • Priya Satheesh

    December 30, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Wow.. Cupcakes looks absolutely beautiful.. perfectly made and tempting click.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 2, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • themadscientistskitchen

    December 30, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Yummy delicious mini cupcakes. I want to try these out . I know it is so difficult to choose from any blog. It’s like I want this n this. Finally I end up making 2 or 3 blog 1 n forget that to blog the rest.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 2, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks and its so true Archana, I get so confused.

  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    January 8, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Wow, not only do i love the flavor of rose, I am absolutely head over heels looking at this pic. the collection of other recipes you have added also look so exciting.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Thank you so much Seema.

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