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Frosted Rose Petals Recipe

Updated on March 15, 2013

Desert Rose

roses come in many different shapes, sizes and colors offering huge variety for recipes with rose petals.
roses come in many different shapes, sizes and colors offering huge variety for recipes with rose petals. | Source

Hues of Pink and Red Rose Petals

the delicate rose petal has been cherished and used for centuries in homemade beauty products.
the delicate rose petal has been cherished and used for centuries in homemade beauty products. | Source

Roses and Rose Petals ~

Also referred to as sugared and crystallized rose petals, frosting rose petals or any edible flower petal is simple to do and makes an exquisite feature on cakes, deserts or even breads.

A simple decorative feature using sugar petals will transform your delicious delights and look far more intricate than it really is.

With only two other ingredients commonly found in the kitchen nothing could be easier when you have the beautiful rose growing in your garden.

Apart from rose petals frosting in this method may be done on leaves, small fruits and nuts.

Here I will give you step by step instructions for creating your own frosted rose petals from a few simple ingredients and some additional information on rose colors and their meanings.

Decorate a Cake With Frosted Rose Petals

an almond cake with a rose water glaze and frosted rose petals.
an almond cake with a rose water glaze and frosted rose petals. | Source

Meanings of Rose Colors ~

Roses have forever been a flower that speaks volumes without words.

With each color of rose conveying certain messages, here is a list of the most commonly found colors and their meanings which is useful to know when using petals for frosting.

If you are working to a color scheme or particular occasion, the right rose petals will make a stunning addition to your recipe as an exquisite decorative and don’t forget edible feature.

It will also show the depth of thought and attention to detail you have used in choosing the right symbol of rose.

A Rose By Any Other Name

the  different colors of roses symbolizes different  meanings which are useful to know.
the different colors of roses symbolizes different meanings which are useful to know. | Source

Yellow Rose Petals - Friendship

yellow roses denote friendship for most cultures but has also denoted jealousy in victorian times.
yellow roses denote friendship for most cultures but has also denoted jealousy in victorian times. | Source

Yellow Rose

Yellow roses today are known to convey friendship, joy and caring.

A popular color choice in many parts of the world that think of yellow to mean affection, warmth and happiness, there are those that disagree.

In Victorian times yellow was deemed the color of jealousy.

In Italy never give anyone any yellow flowers or include them in frosting as they mean anger and jealousy and deemed extremely rude or insulting.

Orange Rose

An earthy, warm, fiery and vibrant color that conveys great enthusiasm, excitement and desire. Orange roses are a great color to use in a Valentine’s Day cakes or bouquet when you wish to convey attraction, admiration and passion in a subtle way.

White Roses - Unblemished

get inspiration from the morning frost on white petals the color of purity.
get inspiration from the morning frost on white petals the color of purity. | Source

White Rose

The color of purity, untainted and innocence, the white rose is well known as a bridal or wedding rose.

Often used in bridal bouquets and floral wedding displays, white symbolizes humility, truth and reverence.

Red Rose

The red rose needs very little explanation as the most well known symbol in the flower world for love.

Where would we be on Valentine’s Day without this strong bold statement color?

Known throughout the world as the lover’s rose it means a romantic love, enduring passion and respect.

Pink Rose Petals

graceful and elegant pink is the most femine of rose colors.
graceful and elegant pink is the most femine of rose colors. | Source

Pink Rose

The feminine and graceful Pink Rose is seen as the color of elegance and refinement. Depending on the depth of shade, they will convey different meanings.

A pale soft Pink is known to mean happiness, grace, admiration and gentleness.

A vibrant Pink shade will convey gratitude and appreciation and would make an ideal color choice for a Thank You gift.

Purple Roses

a great color as an alternative for Valentine's Day.
a great color as an alternative for Valentine's Day. | Source

Lilac/Purple Rose

These two shades of roses have a mystical quality which symbolizes desire, enchantment and caution.

Another lovely color choice for matters of the heart, Lilac and Purple Roses denote love at first sight.

Multi-Color Combinations

In some instances – usually when combing red roses with other shades, there are additional meanings.

For example red combined with white symbolizes unity or togetherness whilst a mix of red and yellow roses will convey happiness and gaiety.

Candied or Frosted Rose Petals

Frosty Petals

think morning frost on petals and recreate easily with caster sugar and egg whites.
think morning frost on petals and recreate easily with caster sugar and egg whites. | Source

Rose Petal Poll ~

Have you ever used frosted rose petals?

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Rose Petals Recipe ~

The quantities you need will depend on the amount of petals you are frosting. When selecting petals, do not pick any that have been sprayed with chemicals and choose unblemished ones.

Ingredients:

Large Rose Petals

1-2 Egg Whites

Castor Sugar (Caster Sugar)

You Will Need:

Bowl

Tweezers

Fine Eyeliner Brush or Paint Brush

Sheet of Wax Paper or Greaseproof Paper

Wire Rack or Large Flat Plate

Side Plate

Paper Towel

Method:

  • Wash your rose petals by holding with the tweezers and dipping them into a bowl of cold water. Gently press with a paper towel to dry.
  • Lightly beat one egg white.
  • Pour Castor (Caster) sugar onto your side plate and smooth out.
  • Place a sheet of wax paper onto your wire rack or large plate.
  • With your brush, coat the petals with egg white both sides. Hold the petal with the tweezers and coat both sides in the sugar. Give a shake to remove any loose sugar.
  • Place the petal on the wax paper gently.
  • Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the petals are frosted.
  • Leave the petals to dry out on a flat surface in a warm dry area.
  • If you are not using when dry, these may be stored between layers of tissue paper and kept in a box for a couple of weeks in a warm dry place.

Selection of Some Edible Flowers You May Use ~

  • Hibiscus
  • Daylilies
  • Jasmine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Sunflowers
  • Pansies
  • Citrus Blossoms
  • Violets
  • Lavender
  • Lilac

Useful Tips ~

Fancy whipping up an unusual easy desert? Frost small berries and fruits such as grapes (seedless) and strawberries in the same way and arrange on a plate with your frosted petals. Serve with Chantilly cream, ice cream or even alone, they are delicious!

If you don't have rose petals you may substitute with any other edible flower or petal and preserve in the same way with egg white and sugar.

Nuts may also be sugared in this manner.

You may spoon the sugar over the petals if you prefer.

Use one egg white at a time unless you are frosting petals, fruits or nuts in large quantities.

Use your egg yolks as thickeners for sauces, custard or use to make a delicious soup.

Be adventurous and use petals for special occasion cakes such as Valentine’s Day, a wedding, birthday, anniversary or simply thank you.

Make sure your eyeliner brush or fine paint brush is completely cleaned and sterilized. For eyeliner brushes you can easily make your own makeup remover brush cleanser solution.

If you picked too many petals why not keep them and make yourself gorgeous potpourri, an easy to make homemade air freshener or add to a relaxing sandalwood bath?

The Rose - Bette Midler

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well how very clever! Do you do this yourself? If so, I bow before you in awe and wonder. This is really cool; I don't think I will do it, but it is cool nonetheless. Way to go, Irish!

      Sending hugs your way

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many congrats by the way on reaching your incredible goal of 365 hubs in 365 days, an AWESOME achievement my good friend, kudos to you and much more!! What a power house of inspiration you have been.

      The answer is yes I have done but my camera has been out of action for many of my recent hubs which is a bummer but when it is sorted then I hope to be using more pics of my own.

      Apologies for being remiss lately, a few curve balls have been thrown into the mix recently but should be back on track! Thanks so much for your lovely comments as always, you never know you may get to try it out in the summer!! Thanks again! :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Welcome back. Nice to see you putting out these awesome hubs again. This is neat although I'm with Bill in that I probably won't be doing this anytime soon. But, that does not diminish the fact that you have another winner here. Great to see you again.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You make this look really easy to do! And they look beautiful!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Suzie! Thanks for reminding me of making these frosted rose petals for decorating a cake. I have done this many years ago and it was easy to make and beautiful as well. Voted up and more. Happy New Year;-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks very much for the lovely comments and welcome wagon! Just had quite a few things crop up recently. Glad you enjoyed this simple but effective "recipe" anyone can rustle up. Great one for kids to get involved with too so maybe a future craft project for you and the grandchildren! Thanks again Bill for the thumbs up on this!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Easy, Quick, Cheap and not just look great but taste good too! You have to give them a try! Thanks for the lovely comments.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Glad this brought back memories for you and look forward to you doing a delicious dish with them in a hub!!

      Many thanks for the votes and all the very best for 2013 to you!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So useful,interesting and looks delicious too.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad you enjoyed this they are so easy to make and do taste gorgeous.

      Thanks so much, have a great day too!! :-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This looks interesting! Perfect for Valentine's Day or a romantic occasion. Pinning and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      Absolutely great for including into Valentine's festivities or cakes. Appreciate you sharing and pinning! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I would like to try this sometime in the spring for a special luncheon. I am going to have to bookmark this so that I have it ready. I love the way the cake looks with the petals and color. Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Thanks so very much for bookmarking this for later. Would look great as you say for cake decorations. A nice alternative to use rather than plain petals and it may be use on other edible flowers, petals, or leaves. Appreciate your loyalty and comments always!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Oh my goodness, this is amazing. I could not even imagine this. Wow, you've opened my eyes to something really awesome and new! Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      So glad you enjoyed this. It is ultra easy and right up your street as you love creative things like me, Do give this a try for adding to a cake, cookies or even as a decoration for Valentine's Day!! Appreciate your thoughts and enthusiasm!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a gorgeous idea! I'm going to try this for an upcoming hub and provide your link. I enjoyed reading the meaning of each color of rose. Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Oh you would do a delicious desert with this I am sure so cannot wait to see it! Rosewater is used in cakes too which you probably know of which would be a lovely soft flavor to have. Many thanks in advance, it is an honor having a link with your great works!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I added it on one of my hubs, too, since it is about the many uses of roses. Since I have never actually used it in cooking, it is nice to direct people to someone who has had experience!

      I think I want to have a beautiful cake with rose petals like that on it when I get married. I'm getting ahead of myself, but I think it would be gorgeous and unique, and a cake should be special.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      How cool, thanks so much for linking my hub I must pop over! The frosted rose petals are so easy to do and look freat on deserts. vespawoolf did a lovely hub on panna cotta and used the rose petals which look great. Appreciate your interest and support on this, your a star!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Wow, thanks for telling me about Vespawoolf's hub, because even though I have never heard of Panna Cotta, it looks terrific, and she has so many brilliant recipes on her page!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi kathryn,

      Panna Cotta is divine if you get the chance make it with vespa's recipe and do try it if out at a restaurant, it is heavenly! Vespa's deserts are to die for as are all her recipes.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Suzie,

      this is as beautiful as rose itself. I will try to remember information contained in this hub

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinaya,

      Lovely to have you read this one, roses are so delicate and beautiful they are another part of nature used for thousands of years. Glad you enjoyed this and appreciate you leaving me a comment :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is amazing information and yes I want to link this hub to mine on Roses and Gulkand with your permission.

      These frosted rose petals are a sheer delight to look at. Your hubs are as awesome as ever, Suzie and this one is no different.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared. And yes, thanks for placing the link to my Gulkand hub. Much appreciated.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rajan,

      It would be an honor to have you link this to your works, truly as I am a big fan of your work. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed this simple but effective way of using wonderful rose petals. Appreciate your votes and sharing, cheers my friend.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I have to comeback Suzie to pin it, so I can check next time I´ll frost flowers for my cakes. Thanks for sharing. Pinned;-) Happy Saint Patricks Day. Have a good craic!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Many thanks for dropping by to pin, how nice of you! I am sure your creations will look gorgeous! Hope you enjoy St Pat's Day too, I know you will celebrating somewhere!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am glad to learn how to make frosted rose petals. Thanks! I like the way you added the rose colors and meanings. Lovely photos. I will have to rate this beautiful and share!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very interesting hub. Its nice to know so much about the favorite roses here. Thank you very much for this wonderful and well researched share. I am sharing too and Votes ++++++++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Lovely to see you and great to hear you enjoyed this. They are so easy to make and look gorgeous. Glad you found rose color info interesting so do I and thought it worked well. Appreciate your votes and love the beautiful thumbs up! You're a doll!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi dghbrh,

      thanks for your visit and lovely comments, how kind of you! Appreciate you voting and sharing this. Roses are a beautiful flower, i love them and we always had many rose bushes when my mum was alive she loved them. Cheers!

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      Amber522 4 years ago

      This sounds like an interesting recipe, and I can't wait to try it out. Doesn't sound too complicated which is always nice. Thanks for the awesome hub! I will definatly be sharing this

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Amber,

      Appreciate your visit and comments. It is so easy and if you grow roses you will have all the easy ingredients at home. Other edible petals, leaves, fruits and flowers could be done too if you have them growing. Many thanks for the sharing on this !!

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      Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Suzie, this is very interesting to know about the various colors of the rose and what it means and conveys to others. As for it being edible, I'll consider trying it at another day. Maybe next spring. Lovely hub!

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