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Perfect-as-a-petal cake

  • 2:00 Prep
  • 1:10 Cook
  • 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, at room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 2 x 453g ctns Betty Crocker Creamy Deluxe Vanilla Frosting
  • Pink food colouring

Sugar syrup

  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water

Sugared rose petals

  • 1 egg white
  • 3-4 large fresh roses, petals separated reserving 1 rosebud (see note)
  • 100g-215g (1/2-1 cup) caster sugar

Method

  • 1
    To make the sugared rose petals, lightly whisk the egg white in a bowl. Lightly brush the petals and reserved rosebud with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar and shake off excess. Transfer to a lined tray and set aside for 2-3 hours or overnight, or until dry.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 20cm (base measurement) round cake pan. Line the base and side with baking paper to reach 4cm above the side of the pan.
  • 3
    Use an electric beater to beat the butter, vanilla bean paste and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 4
    Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Fold in flour and buttermilk, in alternating batches, until just combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool completely.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, to make the sugar syrup, stir the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
  • 6
    Use an electric beater to beat the frosting in a bowl until thick and spreadable. Beat in the food colouring, a few drops at a time, until you reach the desired colour (see note).
  • 7
    Use a large serrated knife to trim the top from the cake. Cut horizontally into 3 even layers. Place 1 cake layer on a cake stand or plate. Brush with some of the sugar syrup. Spread with a thin layer of frosting. Continue layering with sugar syrup, frosting and the remaining cake. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and side of the cake. Use a spatula to make furrows up the side of the cake.
  • 8
    Place the sugared rosebud on the centre of the cake. Decorate with sugared rose petals, layering in concentric circles, to represent an open rose.

Source: taste.com.au

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