10 Rose-Flavored Dessert Recipes

10 Rose-Flavored Dessert Recipes. Perfect for Spring and Mother's Day! | BoulderLocavore.com

Mother’s Day is coming in the next few weeks and while gift planning and brunching are on everyone’s list (ahem) I have a fun idea for you to include: Rose-flavored Desserts.  About five years ago I was shopping with my kids at a kitchen store and came upon rose extract.  Intrigued with anything new and novel, I bought some and stuck it in my pantry not quite sure what to make with it.  It tastes as roses smell, if that makes sense.  There is something fascinating to me about that.

My first creations were Rose-Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Rose Petals and Rose-Cream filled Vanilla Cupcakes.  They were both to celebrate my daughter’s birthday (who was around 11 at the time) and we all fell in love with the flavors!  The light floral taste is both whimsical and decadent at the same time.  The recipes were some of the first I shared on Boulder Locavore and were not difficult to make.  Though candying rose petals takes a bit of time the process is easy and would be something kids could make too (with a bit of supervision if they are tiny tots).

Over the past few years I’ve woven rose flavoring into a number of fun desserts which are perfect to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day!  Who says you have to just give roses?  Why not eat them too!  The result has always been unexpected delight.

Gluten-Free Rose Cake with Pistachio Cream filling for Marie Antoinette - BoulderLocavore.comRose Cake with Pistashio Filling (gluten-free)

Vanilla Wafer Rose Marshmallow White Chocolate Oven S'Mores - BoulderLocavore.com

 Vanilla Wafer Rose Marshmallow White Chocolate Oven S’Mores

Forget Me Nots (rose-flavored meringue cookies) -  BoulderLocavore.com

Forget Me Not (Rose-flavored Meringues)

Rose-flavored Panna Cotta with Edible Flowers -  BoulderLocavore.com

Rose-flavored Panna Cotta with Edible Flowers


 Vanilla Steamer with Rose-flavored Marshmallows

Rose flavored Marshmallows DIY Homemade - BoulderLocavore.com

Rose-flavored Marshmallows

Lemony Snow Pudding with Rose Custard Sauce -  BoulderLocavore.com

 Lemony Snow Pudding with Rose Custard Sauce

Edible Flower Springtime Tea Party with mini Rose Cupcakes | BoulderLocavore.com

Mini Rose Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting 

Vanilla Cupcakes with Rose Cream Filling and Candied Rose Petals - BoulderLocavore.comRose-Cream filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Candied Rose Petals

Rose Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Rose Petals | BoulderLocavore.com

Rose-Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Rose Petals 


    • says

      Thank you Tricia! I think you are right. My daughter in particular absolutely loves it whenever I make anything with rose flavoring. It’s so unique tasting.

  1. kellie@foodtoglow says

    And I thought I liked rose! Such beautiful ideas. Mother’s Day has been and gone here, but I’ll pin these for a special occasion. Lots to love in this post. 🙂

  2. Tim says

    I have to say, these all look delicious, but rose flavored? I won’t knock it until I get the chance to try it, but that definitely sounds strange to me… Is it a strong flavor? Is it comparable to something more typical?

    • says

      Hi Tim. It literally tastes how roses smell. Smell and taste are the only two senses that share that relationship but that is the only way I can describe it. Because the flavor is delivered from an extract, you can over do it definitely. A little goes a long way. The light touch of the rose extract is unique and fantastic. I think this falls into the ‘to each his own’ category and as with any flavors will be loved by some and not by some as well.

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