Rose & Pistachio Cupcakes

Rose & Pistachio Cupcakes

We recently had a fan-tea-stic time partnering up with About Time Magazine and the amazing Kate Hackworthy who shared her favourite infusion tea-based recipes. It's time to Bring Tea to Life and Get baking.

Whole Rose Buds Tea and Pistachio Cupcakes


  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 15g whole rose buds
  • 50g unsalted pistachio kernels
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 60ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 115g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Vanilla Buttercream

  •  75g (1/3 cup) butter, softened
  •  150g (1⅛ cups) powdered icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk

To Decorate

  • Dried rose buds
  • Chopped pistachios


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tin with the paper cases.

2. Melt the butter with the rose buds in a pan and allow to simmer gently for five minutes. Remove from the heat, stir and leave to steep for 10 minutes.

3. Over a bowl, strain the flowers out of the mixture with a fine mesh sieve, reserving as much infused butter as possible, and discard the flowers. Set aside.

4. Whizz the pistachio nuts in a food processor until finely ground, then set aside.

5. Beat the rose-infused butter with the sugar, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the milk and vanilla, then beat again.

6. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Stir in the ground pistachios, then add to the wet ingredients and gently combine.

7. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases to fill ¾ full, then bake for 15 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Vanilla Buttercream

1. Beat the butter, icing sugar and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add milk if necessary to make it a frosting consistency.

2. Keep in the fridge until ready to ice the cupcakes, then top the cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with the rose buds and chopped pistachios.

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