lemonade rosewater cupcakes

lemonade rosewater cupcakes

Though it may technically still be winter, why not bring on that summery feeling by making a batch of these irresistibly delicious Lemon Rosewater Cupcakes? These cupcakes will have you imagining you are sitting on the back porch with the sun shinning on your face and a warm breeze in the air as you sip a glass of deliciously flavored rosewater lemonade.

Shout SUMMER with soft & fluffy lemonade cupcakes, infused with rosewater


Lemonade Rosewater Cupcakes sound delightful, right? But what about this rosewater huh?  Have you ever baked with it before?  The first time I even heard of using rosewater in a recipe was about 8 years ago when I had my nose glued to the inside of  Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra.  I was trying to learn how to make delicious desserts without the use of dairy or eggs and this was my Bible, so to speak.

Shout SUMMER with soft & fluffy lemonade cupcakes, infused with rosewater

But while I had just learned of rosewater 8 years ago, I found out that the use of rosewater dates back to early Egypt as Cleopatra herself used this in her natural skincare regime as it is a known anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging properties.  Even Michelangelo drank it in his tea (I guess he wanted to experience the fountain of youth too).   Beyond the historical significance and beauty lesson, rosewater is also a well known ingredient used throughout the world in cooking and baking.

Rosewater is best known for its use in Persian cooking to scent of flavor food, especially rice.  It is also used to flavor foods like Baklava, ice cream, cakes, sweet buns and puddings.  So why not cupcakes?

Shout SUMMER with soft & fluffy lemonade cupcakes, infused with rosewater

Typically, I’m not a fan of roses so if you’re like “um, sounds pretty but I’m not gonna eat that”, then you weren’t alone.  Actually, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to at first but I tried and was pleasantly surprised.  It doesn’t give off that “grandma’s perfume” kinda of smell, but a sweet hint of something special.  Now don’t get me wrong, if you poured a ton of it in these cakes, then yes, it would taste like you’re eating a bouquet of roses, so let’s not do that!

Instead, we use a small amount in our light and fluffy vanilla cupcake base and pair it with lemon which works to balance it all out. Then it is also mixed into your creamy butter and blended with powdered sugar for a delightfully simple, yet satisfying frosting. It has just the right amount of rosewater flavor where it doesn’t over power the cupcake and you can truly taste both rosewater and lemon simultaneously!  SERIOUSLY decadent and delish.

Shout SUMMER with soft & fluffy lemonade cupcakes, infused with rosewater

To Frost or Not to Frost

Now, my kids really dislike any type of frosting or icing.  It doesn’t matter if it’s homemade, store-bought, vegan buttercream or cream cheese, sugary or not.  They wipe off every pretty inch of my beautifully decorated cupcake, only to eat the cake alone.  So, if you’re kids are like mine (or maybe it’s you that is NOT an icing fan) the good news is that these Lemonade Rosewater cupcakes taste amazing on their own so you can enjoy them “au natural” so to speak.

Shout SUMMER with soft & fluffy lemonade cupcakes, infused with rosewater

For today though, I choose frosting!  I choose to use a pretty decorators tip and pile it on high on top of my Lemonade Rosewater Cupcakes.  What about you?

Now who is ready for a deliciously refreshing recipe?

Lemonade Rosewater Cupcakes





Yield 12 cupcakes

These cupcakes will have you imagining you are sitting on the back porch with the sun shinning on your face and a warm breeze in the air as you sip a glass of deliciously flavored rosewater lemonade.


Cupcake Batter:

1/2 cup vegan butter spread, cut into slices (Earth Balance soy free)

2/3 cup pure cane sugar

1/3 cup confectioners sugar 

1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt (So Delicious plain)

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon lemon zest

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoon rosewater

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (Bob’s 1-to-1 gluten-free also works great)

2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch fine sea salt

drizzle of liquid from crushed frozen berries (optional)


1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Nutiva)

3 - 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

2 teaspoon lemon juice

2 teaspoon rosewater

2 tablespoon berry liquid

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest


Make cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350°

Cream together butter slices, sugars, yogurt & coconut milk until creamy. 

Add in lemon zest & juice, vanilla extract and rosewater if using and blend until combined.

Sift in flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in to combines. 

Fill liners 3/4 full (add drizzle of berry liquid and swirl into batter to make pretty pattern if desired) and bake 18-20 minutes or until center comes out clean after inserting a toothpick.

Remove from oven and cool completely before icing.

Make frosting:

Cream butter and shortening together then add in confectioners sugar a cup at time.  Add in lemon juice, rosewater and lemon zest then beat until fluffy 2-3 minutes.

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted at 10:09h, 22 March Reply

    What a fancy little cupcake, very cute!

  • Kelly @ TastingPage
    Posted at 18:55h, 22 March Reply

    It’s officially spring where I am, so I say bring on these delicious (and beautiful) cupcakes!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:38h, 23 March Reply

      Lead the way my friend! Maybe the warm weather will follow 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 20:56h, 22 March Reply

    These look delicious! Now I’m craving cupcakes!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:40h, 23 March Reply

      Sometimes, you just have to give into those cravings !

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 10:44h, 23 March Reply

    Those look so lovely Nicole! I’m not a rose (or lavender) fan either, so great to know that these are delicious even if you aren’t into floral flavors!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:41h, 23 March Reply

      Me either, that’s why I made sure to mention that. BUT, if in doubt or not willing to risk it, you could just up the extract or add some fruit extract to change it up.

  • Megan
    Posted at 11:18h, 23 March Reply

    Love those cupcake covers–and your frosting job is perfect. I hate frosting cupcakes!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:44h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you Megan. I actually hate frosting cupcakes too, especially when my kids scrape it all off, but only worth it because prettier cupcakes taste better 🙂 right?

  • Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day
    Posted at 15:51h, 23 March Reply

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! I’m not much of a baker, but I’m going to have to attempt to make these. Even if they’re not as pretty as yours, I know they’ll taste great. 🙂

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:47h, 23 March Reply

      I bet your an awesome baker, I’ve seen a lot of your recipes. And even if they turn out ugly, I’m sure they’d taste great!

  • Uma
    Posted at 17:19h, 23 March Reply

    Beautiful Cupcakes ! My mouth is watering. Definitely going to try for my nephews birthday!

  • nicoleanndawson
    Posted at 18:48h, 23 March Reply

    That’s awesome that you make birthday treats for them. You must be their favorite Aunt . Please come back and let me know what they think.

  • Linda @ Veganosity
    Posted at 15:47h, 24 March Reply

    Rosewater is such a wonderful ingredient in sweets. LOVE the lemon rose combination. So perfect for a tea party.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 07:06h, 27 March Reply

      Linda, rosewater does do something extra special, doesn’t it?

  • Manju Mahadevan
    Posted at 02:39h, 29 March Reply

    How cute are they! They would be so perfect for a spring brunch!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:33h, 29 March Reply

      Everything Lemon screams spring/summer, doesn’t it! I hope you get a chance to make them.

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