Rose cake – Italian recipe

Surprise your mom on Mother’s Day with a homemade gift, that looks like a gorgeous bouquet of roses: the rose cake! Find this and many more recipes with pictures on the Giallozafferano App (in English)


If you want to surprise your mom on Mother’s Day with a homemade gift, that looks like a gorgeous bouquet of roses, this dessert is right for you: the rose cake… let’s cook it together
!Rose cake
For the dough

• 3 1/3 cups (500 g) of bread flour
• ¾ cup (180 ml) of milk
• 3 medium eggs
• just under ½ cup (80 g) of sugar
• the grated zest of 1 orange
• 3,5 oz (100 g) of butter
• 1/3 oz (10 g) of fresh yeast
• 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
• 1 tsp of honey
• 1/3 tbsp (7 g) of salt For filling
• 2/3 cup (200 g) of orange marmalade (or apricot jam)
• 1 cup (100 g) of almond flour
• ½ cup (100 g) of sugar
• 3,5 oz (100 g) of butter
• 3-4 tbsp of heavy cream
For brushing
• 4 tbsp of heavy cream
• 1 egg yolk
For sprinkling
• slivered almonds, to taste
To prepare the rose cake, first place the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, turn it on… to the lowest setting and beat in the yeast mixture, that is made by mixing the crumbled yeast with a little milk, subtracted from the total amount, and the honey. Add the remaining milk… the beaten eggs, at room temperature… then the sugar… the vanilla, I am using vanilla extract but you can use the seeds from a vanilla pod… the grated orange zest… and lastly the salt; let the mixer run for at least 10 minutes.
Once the gluten is developed in the dough, replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook; turn to the lowest speed, and add small pieces of butter, one at a time: don’t add the next piece of butter until the previous one has been incorporated; this step takes at least 10 minutes.
The dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface and form into a ball, then place into a large bowl, that has been greased with butter, cover with cling film, and let it rise. After adding the butter, you’ll know that the dough is ready when it wraps around the hook; if it’s not happening, sprinkle some more flour from the sides of the mixing bowl.
Seal the bowl and place it in the turned off oven, but with the light turned on, until at least doubled in volume.
Towards the end of the rising time, prepare the filling for the rose cake, so replace the dough hook with the whisk attachment, and combine the softened butter, at room temperature… with the sugar… and beat until you have a pale, fluffy mixture; after that, add the almond flour and 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream, and continue until smooth and creamy.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/10 inch (2 mm), it should be approximately 16 inches (40 cm) wide by 24 inches (60 cm) long. Now spread the surface with the orange marmalade, like me, or apricot jam, if you prefer. After that, do the same with the butter and sugar mixture, that we made before… done! Now roll it up from the long side.
This is the resulting roll, that is 24 inches (60 cm) long; shape with your hands to make it even, and now divide into 12 equal pieces; so cut the first piece, of about 2 inches (5 cm), and place it in an 11-inch (28 cm) round baking pan, that has been buttered and floured. Arrange 8 pieces around the perimeter and place the other 4 pieces in the middle. Make sure that the roses are evenly spaced.
And here’s our rose cake before the last rising, yes, because we need to let it rise again in the turned off oven, with the light on, for at least an hour.
As you can see, the rose cake has risen, now brush with a mixture, that is made by mixing the egg yolk with 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream, then sprinkle with slivered almonds. Finally bake the cake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 45-50 minutes.
And here’s my gorgeous dessert bouquet! Finish it off with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar, and enjoy your rose cake! See you next videorecipe!


  1. can we use active dry yeast in place of fresh yeast..if yes,.then what should be quantity of active dry yeast. I will really appreciate your reply

  2. You can replace the original filling (orange marmalade and butter) with custard, chocolate or Nutella! Remember to use a generous amount of filling, to prevent the cake from drying out, during cooking.

  3. I thought it was Rose Cake with Pink Rose Preserves I had in Poland when I was there, it was delicious. It had Rose Preserves in the batter and in the whipped cream filling afterwards being glazed with rose preserves. Absolutely fantastic. If you know how to make such a cake, could you make it. Thanks!

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