Chocolate "Rose" Cupcakes

Ok- confession: I totally watch The Bachelor. I have been for a couple years now and I love it in that “this show is so awful that I actually find it entertatining” sort of way. Last Monday my dear friend Natalie was in town and came over to my sister Nadia’s for a little viewing party. Nat is known for the hillarious Bachelor commetaries she writes on her blog, and we were in near hysterics the whole time. I seriously wish we could all watch together every week!
For the occasion (and since these are perfect for V-day,) I thought I’d make some “rose” cupcakes.  I dorkily asked all the girls if they would “please accept this rose,” and they of course accepted. (Maybe I gave myself two roses so what?)
For these cupcakes I used my favorite One-bowl chocolate cupcake and vanilla bean buttercream. I only had a couple hours to whip these up so I wanted something easy. To pipe on the roses, I used a Large #1 Wilton star tip and starting in the center of the cupcake- piped in a circular motion until I got my pretty pink rose. It really takes about 5 seconds and looks so pretty! Everyone was very impressed with my “roses” (which I guess are techinally called rosettes.) Either way- they sure make for a sweet love-inspired treat.
PS- I am calling now that Ben is going to choose the annoying model in the end. I hate her but I think he’s just that dumb. :)

Chocolate "Rose" Cupcakes

Yield: 18 -24 cupcakes


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil, canola is also fine
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Frosting

  • 2 sticks of butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or a vanilla bean split length wise, lately I'm all about the paste though- so easy.
  • 2-6 tablespoons of milk or cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners; set aside. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Add eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl to assure batter is well mixed.
  2. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

For Frosting

  1. Beat Butter and scraped out vanilla bean with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, (about 3 minutes.) Add the powdered sugar and beat well until mixture is thick and almost paste like. Add extract and 1 tablespoon of milk/cream. Beat well. Slowly add more milk 1 spoon at a time if you think your frosting is too thick or dry. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Cupcake Recipe from Martha Stewart


  1. I am still working on my simple swirl, so you are way ahead of me with the rose swirl. However you swirl it, I know these cakes are a delicious treat. Your friends are very lucky to have been the recipients of these gems-yum!

  2. I’m totally addicted to the bachelor! My hubby hates Mondays ;-) And these look so wonderful! Your rose is perfect!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Those cupcakes are just picture perfect… and I can imagine how good they must taste! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Beautiful! I don’t watch the Bachelor, but that is only because hubby is around, and I can’t! I supposed I could DVR it for later, but I am not sure I want to put up with the ridicule!

  5. Beautiful and very apt for the impending Valentine’s day. I made something similar on my blog. I’m a novice though, only been baking for a max of 3 months. I’m also a single momma to 3 little girls and mobility disabled. Take a peek if you like.

    I love your blog and the design, photos, etc. Looks great. Ima following. :)


  6. Great cupcakes! I’m going to have to make them for “The Bachelor” finale! And I agree, Ben is probably going to end up with that model.

  7. Hi!!! I’ve just discovered your blog, but already totally in love with it!! Please, do a tutorial on these roses, since you now have a youtube channel also!!!
    Love from italy,

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