Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rosé Cake with Strawberry & Vanilla Buttercream

Happy Valentine's Day! Remember how I posted a sneak peek of this cake on my Instagram sometime around New Year? Yes. I intended this festive rosé cake to make it to the blog in time for New Year celebrations. I had the best intentions. But since I am incompetent in the realm of time management, it did not make it to the blog. But I am presenting it to you now (recipe perfected and the works) in time for Valentine's Day. Or Galentine's Day, whichever one you rather celebrate. This cake would be the perfect pièce de résistence at a Galentine's Day brunch in my opinion.

The real reason why I did not post this sooner is because I kept playing around with the recipe. The first few times I made the cake I did not love it. I liked it but did not love it. One version of the cake tasted too boozy while another version tasted quite bland. After a few more tries playing around with the amount of rosé to other wet ingredients, I got it down. I would love to say that you can use any type of rosé or sparkling wine but I cannot say that for certain. If it is any help, I used something affordable and of an alcoholic content of 5%. I tried the recipe using a sparkling rosé that was 12% and it tasted very boozy. A bit too boozy for my liking. If you want it to have a stronger rosé flavour, feel free to sub the one-third cup of milk for rosé as well. If you are using anything stronger, I would recommend keeping the rosé and milk ratio as is. 

This rosé cake is much like a classic vanilla cake, a perfect canvas for adding other flavours. I paired my cake with strawberries - in the form of jam, buttercream, and the actual fruit. The cake layers sandwich a strawberry jam, is frosted with a vanilla and strawberry swiss meringue buttercream, and is topped with fresh strawberries and blackberries. I would love to make a mimosa version of this cake with champagne and have it sandwiching a vibrant and dreamy orange curd. I would then demand for it to become a requirement for weekend brunches from then on. Why drink a mimosa when you can eat it?

Baking with alcohol is interesting. It is definitely teaching me lots. I have been (partially) subbing different types of alcohol in cake recipes I trust and love and seeing what happens and how the flavours change. I am currently on a mission to make the perfect red wine chocolate cake. I have seen red wine chocolate cake recipes online and in cookbooks but I want to adapt my favourite chocolate cake recipe into a red wine chocolate cake recipe. I currently use coffee in my chocolate cake recipe to strengthen the chocolate flavours but apparently you cannot just sub wine for coffee in a cake recipe. So far I am not having too much luck with the wine. My first red wine chocolate cake tasted so bad I almost promised myself I would give up on the idea of it. Seriously though, it was one of the worst cakes to come out of any kitchen. Hopefully one day you will see a red wine chocolate cake recipe on this blog - you can be proud of me then because that will be a complete accomplishment for me.

Rosé Cake with Strawberry Vanilla Buttercream
Yields three layer 6-inch cake

Rosé Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup rosé or sparkling wine
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Strawberry jam or jam of choice

Vanilla & Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream
4 egg whites
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, cubed, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon freeze-dried strawberry powder (optional)

Rosé Cake
Preheat oven to 350F and grease three cake pans.

In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar together. Gradually add in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk to combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large measuring cup, combine the rosé and the milk.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and mix on slow to combine. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients and add in the remainder of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared cake pans and bake for 30-32 minutes. Check for doneness a few minutes before the 30 minute mark by using a toothpick - if the toothpick comes out clean, you're good to go. You can also test for doneness by gently pressing your finger on the cake - it should spring back up.

Vanilla & Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Place egg whites and sugar into a stainless steel or glass bowl, and place the bowl over a sauce pan of simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water. Continuously whisk the egg whites and sugar together until sugar has melted.

Remove bowl from heat and beat mixture on high until the egg white and sugar mixture is white and fluffy.

Once the mixture has cooled a bit, start adding butter gradually. Add vanilla. This is the part where you have to trust that the buttercream will turn out. It might look kind of lumpy and not buttercream-esque, but just keep on mixing.

For the strawberry buttercream: take a bit of the vanilla swiss meringue buttercream (roughly 1/3 cup) and fold in the freeze-dried strawberry powder with a rubber spatula. Fold until powder is evenly distributed and does not leave streaks.


  1. Looks so lovely! I'm still learning about recipe building/adaptations, it's no small feat! You have to understand what each ingredient does and how they interact with others, testing, retesting...
    Then you have some people who it seems to come naturally, like playing an instrument by ear, someone I'd love to hate but adore for their brilliance hehe 😉
    Truly intrigued by the science involved and the accomplishment when you get it perfect, that feeling is amazing! I just appreciate all your wonderful recipes and knowledge, and how freely you share them! Can't wait to try this thanks!


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