Summer rosé canapé cupcakes recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Prep: 40 min
Cooking: 25 min
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  • Wine? In a cake? It’s like our two favourite things in one! These summer rosé canapé cakes are the clever invention of celeb baker Lily Vanilli, who teams sweet seasonal flavours like raspberry and rhubarb with the tang of rosé wine for a quirky, adults only bake that’s perfect for enjoying in the sunshine.


    • For the cake:
    • 115g unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 280g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2tbsp red liquid food colouring
    • 325g plain flour, sifted
    • 30g cocoa powder, sifted
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 1tbsp cider vinegar
    • 7 raspberries
    • 150g double cream, whipped
    • Pink rose petals (to decorate)
    • Strawberries (to decorate)
    • Toasted pecans, cooled & brushed with edible gold lustre dust (to decorate)
    • For the coulis:
    • 80g rhubarb, chopped into small pieces
    • 125ml Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Rosé
    • 30g light brown sugar
    • For the whipped cream:
    • Very cold double cream
    • 1tbsp caster sugar and 1/4 tbsp vanilla extract per 200ml of cream
    • You will need:
    • 10 inch round cake tin, greased and lined
    • A chilled bowl (large enough to hold at least double the volume of cream you are whipping)
    • An electric hand whisk


    • Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4.

    • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, starting on medium and increasing to high speed – the mixture should be pale and increased in volume, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs gradually, then the food colouring, and beat until just incorporated.

    • Sift together the flour and cocoa and add half to the batter, beating to incorporate evenly and ensuring you scrape down the sides. Then beat in the buttermilk & raspberries and finally the second half of the dry ingredients.

    • In a small bowl, using a clean spatula or teaspoon, mix together the bicarbonate of soda and cider vinegar (it will fizz up) and fold it immediately into the batter – do not use the mixer, just fold evenly with a spatula by hand.

    • Tip the mixture into your tin and level out to the edges. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

    • Whilst the cakes are cooling, pour the cream into the bowl and whip thoroughly and evenly, beginning on a medium speed.

    • Ensure that you run the beaters around the edge of the bowl to keep it all evenly mixed. When the cream starts to thicken and you see the first sign of soft peaks, add the sugar and the vanilla, if using.

    • Now reduce the speed to medium-low and watch carefully, it’s almost done.

    • Continue just until you have very soft peaks. Using an electric hand mixer this should take under 2 minutes.

    • To make the coulis, add all ingredients to a pan over medium/high heat and heat until rhubarb has softened.

    • Once soft use a hand blender to pulse until you have a thick, smooth coulis. Once cooled, use a small round cookie cutter to cut out your canapés. Transfer onto a plate or little cake cases. 

    • Pipe or spoon some double cream onto each case, followed by some of the coulis, a rose petal and strawberry half.

    Top tip for making Summer rosé canapé cupcakes

    Serve these cakes with a cool glass of Gallo wine for a naughty weekend treat

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