Rosette Cupcakes

5 from 14 votes
Rosette Cupcakes are so elegant. Stunning for bridal showers, birthdays or Valentine's Day. This recipe is an easy way to accomplish these beautiful cupcakes.
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
rosette cupcakes on a table and in a serving tray

Rosette Cupcakes are so elegant. Stunning for bridal showers, birthdays or Valentine’s Day. This recipe is an easy way to accomplish these beautiful cupcakes.

rosette cupcakes on a table and in a serving tray

This rosette cupcakes recipe is so simple because we are starting with a box cake mix. Scratch is great but these have such great flavor, why bother? Then you can get to the fun part, decorating!


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What We Love About This Rose Cupcake Recipe

These cupcakes are filled with chocolaty goodness. They are simple to make and great for gift giving. Where did these tasty little pieces of cake perfection originate from? Find out the details here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Can make these cupcakes in less than 30 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Adaptable: Can make it gluten free or low sugar.
rosette cupcakes on a table and in a serving tray

Ingredient Notes

  • Chocolate cake mix – use half for this recipe to yield 12 cupcakes.
  • Butter – softened.
  • Icing Sugar – it is important to shift out all the lumps.
  • Cocoa Powder – use a good quality for best results.

Equipment Needed

How to Make these Rose Cupcakes

These are the basic steps for making rose cupcakes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

2 images showing how to make the frosting for the rosette cupcakes

STEP 1: BAKE CUPCAKES

First, prepare cupcakes per the box directions.

STEP 2: PREPARE ICING

Then in a bowl, beat together butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and ½ tbsp milk and next add red gel food coloring and beat with electric mixer until completely tinted.

2 images showing how to create the roses on the cupcakes

STEP 3: CREATE ROSETTES

Finally, place in a piping bag with the appropriate tip to create the roses and follow the instructions below.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Bake cupcakes up to two days ahead; wrap the whole baking sheet with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Frost before serving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Truly two days is the maximum. You want to have a fresh cupcake for your family and guests.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze, arrange unfrosted cupcakes on a baking sheet and wrap the whole sheet in plastic wrap, then in foil. Freeze up to three months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THE ROSES?

The directions are below and I recommend that you practice on a plate and perfect your technique before starting on the cupcakes. Here is a wonderful video to show you the proper technique.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT CAKE FLAVOR?

Of course, use the flavor that you prefer. Vanilla, strawberry, etc will all work well.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Indeed, make 24 cupcakes by using the whole box of cake mix.

GUM PASTE ROSES?

Sure you can try using gum paste to make these roses. Find a base here.

rosette cupcakes on a table and in a serving tray

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add To the Cake: Coconut, cherries, strawberries or chocolate chips for a nice surprise.
  • Short cut tip: Not a decorator? Try an edible flower to decorate your cupcakes.
  • Variation tip: Use sugar roses as toppers for your rosette cupcakes.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: These cupcakes can be made in your air fryer or convection oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: A low calorie or gluten free cupcake can be used for this recipe.

What to Serve with Rosette Cupcakes

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Rosette Cupcakes

5 from 14 votes
Rosette Cupcakes are so elegant. Stunning for bridal showers, birthdays or Valentine's Day. This recipe is an easy way to accomplish these beautiful cupcakes.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar sifted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp milk add a little at a time
  • ½ tsp gel food coloring red
  • frosting green

Instructions

  • Prepare chocolate cupcakes according to directions. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and ½ tbsp milk. Start on low and gradually increase to high. Add more milk accordingly (you don’t have to use all of the milk) until ingredients are smooth and well combined. The buttercream should form semi-stiff peaks.
  • Add red gel food coloring and beat with electric mixer until completely tinted.
  • Scoop red buttercream into a piping bag with Wilton tip #21 attached.
  • Start out by piping out one circle on the center of each cupcake, about ½ an inch in diameter.
  • To complete the cupcakes, pipe out 5 more flower/rose circles around the center flower.
  • Attach Wilton tip #101 on green decorating frosting. Pipe out 3-4 leaves on each cupcake.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add To the Cake: Coconut, cherries, strawberries or chocolate chips for a nice surprise.
  • Short cut tip: Not a decorator? Try edible flower to decorate your cupcakes.
  • Variation tip: Use sugar roses as toppers for your rosette cupcakes.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: These cupcakes can be made in your air fryer or convection oven.
  • Dietary consideration tip: A low calorie or gluten free cupcake can be used for this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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