A Healthy and romantic way to wish 'Happy Valentine's Day'
I found multi grain health-mix with 23 cereals and millets in a local store. It was a very fine powder so thought of baking a healthy cake with it and it turned out perfect. The flavour of rose went well with the flavour of millets and cereals. This powder can also be made at home. For your reference I have mentioned the ingredients in the multi grain health-mix powder as a link.
Instead of just the regular butterfrosting, I tried paneer frosting and that too paired well with the rose flavour. Candied rose is for garnish.
Millet Rose Cup Cake / Multi Grain Health-mix Rose Cup Cake
With Paneer Frosting and Candied Rose Petals
No. of cupcakes: 6
For the cup cake
Millet Flour / Multi Grain health-mix powder - 125 gms
Sugar - 100 gms
Unsalted butter - 50 gms
Eggs - 4
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Rose Essence - 3/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
For the Paneer Frosting
Paneer - 200 gms
Powdered sugar - 100 gms
Milk as required
Rose essence - 1/4 tsp
For Candied Rose Petals
Rose essence a drop
For cup cakes
1. Mix together millet flour / multi grain health-mix powder and baking powder and keep aside.
2. Powder the sugar and keep aside.
3. Preheat OTG at 180 degrees for 10 minutes in mode 'toast'.
4. Separate egg whites and yolks, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer in medium speed for 10 minutes. Keep aside.
5. Whisk the egg yolks with a fork for a minute and keep aside.
6. In a mixing bowl add room temperature butter and powdered sugar and mix well till it is pale and creamy.
7. Add the egg yolk mixture little at a time and blend with an electric mixer until the egg is fully incorporated and mixture becomes pale and frothy. It takes about 10 minutes of blending to get a frothy egg mixture.
8. Add the rose essence and mix well.
9. Then add 1/2 of the millet flour mixture and mix gently till the flour is fully incorporated. Then add 1/2 of the whipped egg white, mix well. Then add the remaining millet flour and mix. Then add the remaining egg white and mix gently.
10. Place the cupcake liners in the cupcake mould, pour the cake batter into it and bake for 15 minutes in preheated OTG at 180 degrees in mode 'bake'.
11. The time taken to bake may vary depending on the OTG, so check to see if the cake is done after 15 minutes.
For Paneer Frosting
1. In a mixer, blend room temperature paneer with sugar and rose essence.
2. Add little milk at a time and blend it.
3. Keep refrigerated until using it.
For Candied Rose Petals
1. Mix egg white with a drop of rose essence.
2. Wash and pat dry the rose petals.
3. With a pastry brush, apply egg white mixture on both sides of the rose petals.
4. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and place them on a tray lined with butter paper / parchment paper.
5. It takes about 3-4 hrs to dry.
6. Store in air tight container to retain crispiness.
- Rose essence is available in coloured and non-coloured varieties.
- I used the coloured rose essence for the cake so as to get a light pink cake. The top of the cake baked well and crisped up and the colour is a little golden brown but the cake inside was pale pink.
- You can also add more of the essence to get a bright pink colour.
- The rose essence which I used for frosting and candied rose is colourless variety of the rose essence.
- It's better to add a drop of essence in candied rose so that you don't get the egg smell in it.
- It's important the butter and the eggs are at room temperature when blending them, otherwise they may curdle.
- You can also add chopped fresh rose petals into the cake batter before baking.