I needed candied rose petals for the birthday cake tonight.
So, I posed the question on facebook - Anyone local to me have any organic roses in bloom? - and Belle answered.
I stopped by her house on my way home from work last night and picked up a few roses in various shades, from an inky bordeaux to a vibrant azalea to a delicate icy pink. She even gave me a few extra - for the learning curve. Thank you, Belle!
Then I snagged a brand new paint brush from Jake's studio. Yes, it was new. And, yes, I did wash it and thank him profusely.
- organic rose petals
- 1 egg white
- organic granulated sugar
Beat your egg white in a mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Place granulated sugar on a saucer. Using a clean brush, coat each side of the petal with a layer of egg white.
Press the petals into the sugar, coating it as evenly as possible with a layer of sugar crystals on both sides. Let them dry for at least 6 hours, overnight if possible.
Funny story: D helped me with about a dozen petals before he must have decided it was tedious. I turned my back for a split-second and saw him painting an entire rose - still attached to the stem. "Mom, this is much faster," he declared. "It can go in the center of the cake." Yikes! Okay...
After just a few hours, the rose petals were hardened and sparkly. It's exactly what I wanted for my friend's birthday cake!