After seeing how beautiful Arctic® apple roses looked on a cake, I asked a culinary trained friend to show me the steps so I could share with you. Admittedly, I was intimidated even after watching her go through the steps and insisting she walk me through it to ensure an average home baker such as myself could complete the task. It was easier than I expected though I would recommend giving yourself ample time to complete multiple flowers as it may take a couple of tries to get just right. Follow our steps for success below, and at the end, see if you can guess who made which flower!
You will need:
- Apples – exact number will vary depending on apple size, assume 1.5 roses per Arctic® apple
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Cupcakes or cake
- Thick icing such as buttercream
- Kitchen scissors
- Mandolin (optional)
- Piping bag & tip
- Drying rack
Prepping the petals
- Combine sugar and water in a small pot and set to medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves completely.
- While the simple sugar heats, thinly slice the apple cheeks into circles using a sharp knife or mandolin, avoiding cutting into the core
- Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to low and add apple slices, being careful that all slices are covered by the simple syrup. Cook apple slices until soft, approximately 30 seconds.
- Set the blanched slices on a drying rack so excess simple syrup can drip away.
Prepping your cupcake
- Use your knife to cut an ‘x’ to the cupcake or the location on the cake where you plan to place your apple rosette.
- Use the piping tip to place icing in this cut before creating a layer of icing, as shown. The icing will hold the rose in place.
Creating your rose
- Tightly roll an apple slice into a tube, this is the center of your rose.
- Begin to build your rose by adding slices slightly higher than the center petal. Roll the slice halfway then tuck a new slice in to start another petal. Roll each slice more loosely, and begin to curl over the top edge out as you go.
- Stop adding after 5 or 6 slices. Don’t worry if your flower is smaller than you were hoping, you will be adding more petals in upcoming steps.
- Pinch just below the petals and cut the bottom half of the slices away. NOTE: keep the cut away part to build up your flower later.
- Press your rose into the icing layer you created earlier. Add icing underneath your rose, being sure to make contact with the existing icing as well as the cupcake surface. This icing will add volume to your rose, help it stay in place, and allow you to add more petals
- Add more petals by pressing the cut away halves into the icing under your flower, being sure they are offset from the layer of petals above for a realistic looking rose. Add as few, or as many, petals as you like until you reach the desired effect.
- Kept in the fridge, Arctic® apple flowers are good for up to two days before eating, so feel free to make your cupcakes ahead of time.
Now dazzle your friends and families with your new skill!