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Rose Buttercream

MAKES ABOUT 1-1/2 CUPS Sweet and delicately flavored with a kiss of rose, this filling doubles as an elegant frosting.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 drop rose essence or 1 to 2 teaspoons rose water
  • 1 drop AmeriColor maroon gel food color or other gluten-free maroon-colored food coloring


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar on low until well combined. Add the vanilla, rose essence, and gel food color and mix on medium until fluffy. Taste and adjust the rose flavor, if needed, by adding one drop at a time.