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Rose Water Glitter Cake recipe. A recipe for Rose Water Glitter Cake with buttercream, and gold luster dust raspberries. Gold raspberries. Raspberries coated in gold luster dust. Rose Water Glitter Cake recipe with buttercream and glittered raspberries. Hi All! So we know we’ve been a bit MIA this week, we’re just taking a little holiday break-skies….BUT before the New Year hits we wanted to leave you with a fun little cake recipe that sparkles…our NYE Rose Water Glitter Cake! We flavored ours with rose water because the floral aroma is actually quite pleasant and the flavor isn’t overwhelming. The rose water cake also goes great with the sweet basic buttercream frosting we’ve paired it with (if you thought our last buttercream frosting recipe was a bit scary with melting sugar and all, you’re sure to like this one. Super easy!). If rose water isn’t your thing it’s no problem at all, just swap it out for another flavoring of your choice. Also, are the glitter raspberries not super awesome?!?! You should steal this idea and put it on other things. They look so cool! We hope you enjoy our glittery concoction and continue to have a very Happy Holidays!

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Rose Water Glitter Cake
Makes 1 9 inch cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) good quality unsalted butter, softened
1 ¾ cups plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 ½ cups buttermilk
3 tablespoon rose water, divided (you can substitute this for an orange oil or any other
flavored oils of your choice)
approx. 1cup simple syrup
basic buttercream frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
7 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh raspberries
lots of gold luster dust

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes.
4. With the motor running add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
5. Add the dry mixture and milk to the butter mixture, alternating in thirds, until all of the dry ingredients and milk have been incorporated. Stir in 1 tablespoon of rose water.
6. Divide the batter between two greased and parchment lined 9 inch cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of each round.
7. While the cakes bake, make the frosting: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip the butter. With the motor running, add the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time until all of the sugar has been incorporated. Add the milk and vanilla into the mixture and beat until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
8. Allow the cakes to cool completely, about 45 minutes. Remove cakes from the pans and place in the refrigerator for about an hour.
9. Once the cakes have chilled, slice each in half so there are a total of four cake layers.
10. In a small bowl stir the remaining rose water into the simple syrup.
11. To assemble: Place a single cake round onto a cake turner (or clean surface) and brush the top with some of the rose water syrup. Add a thin layer of frosting over the syrup and top with another layer of cake.
12. Repeat step 11 until all of the layers have been used. Coat the cake in a thin layer of frosting to create a crumb coat and allow the cake to chill for 30 minutes.
13. Decorate cake with the remaining frosting and begin to dust cake with gold luster dust. (I find the easiest way to completely coat the cake in luster dust is to dab some onto a pastry brush, pull the bristles back with my fingers and flick it towards the cake)
14. Roll raspberries in luster dust until well coated and arrange on top of the cake. Serve.


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  1. Cynthia Whitney-Ward Not Specified Not Specified

    What a wonderful looking cake…am going to make it for a Christmas Eve gathering…I’m sure it will be a glittering success…thank you for all of your gorgeous photography and recipes…

  2. Cynthia Whitney-Ward Not Specified Not Specified

    Oops..New Year’s eve gathering…

  3. mayssam @ Will Travel for Food Not Specified Not Specified

    Rose water (yum!) and glitter (shiny!), how can this not be the best cake ever? ;) Happy new year!

  4. Caroline @ Between Your Ears Not Specified Not Specified

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS. Holy crap! You two really have outdone yourselves! Fabulous!

  5. Becky Hill Not Specified Not Specified

    This cake looks gorgeous! I am inspired to dust off my mixer and give it a try : )

  6. meesch Not Specified Not Specified

    my sisters birthday is this weekend, I’m absolutely making this! Nothing says happy 21st birthday/ happy new years like a glitter covered cake!


  7. Greg Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, saw this on Facebook and had to pop over. This is beautiful.

  8. Notorious MLE Not Specified Not Specified

    The styling on this post is so moody and beautiful. I haven’t heard of gold luster dust though. What would be a good place to find that?

  9. talktomyshoes Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it. Those are the prettiest raspberries I’ve ever seen!!!

  10. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    Eff yes, glitter!

  11. Sawsan@chef in disguise Not Specified Not Specified

    I saw this on facebook and because I am a big fan of rosewater I had to stop by and say hi

  12. Anne @ Baking Me Not Specified Not Specified

    Glitter cake, genius!

  13. sarah @ two tarts Not Specified Not Specified

    So creative, and the glitter is perfect for new years. Love your photos & styling, too!

  14. Lizzy (Good Things) Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks and sounds divine! Happy new year.

  15. Cookie and Kate Not Specified Not Specified

    Holy beautiful cake!

  16. Cooking Rookiec Not Specified Not Specified

    Beautiful cake! And amazing blog. I just found it and I’m so impressed with both the recipes and the photos! Subscribed :-) Happy New Year!

  17. Mary @ Bake Break Not Specified Not Specified

    This is beautiful – as are your pictures! Have a happy new year!

  18. Joy Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks and sounds wonderful!

  19. Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    Making this immediately.

    Andrea x

  20. Nastya Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for beauty and fine execution!

  21. Nicole Franzen Not Specified Not Specified

    gorgeous! elegant cake! Lovely :)

  22. sara Not Specified Not Specified

    This is amazing!

  23. Rachel Not Specified Not Specified

    What a gorgeous cake! I’d make this for a birthday cake as well…..

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  25. onionchoco Not Specified Not Specified

    So simple & beautiful!

  26. katie Not Specified Not Specified

    That cake is beautiful! I wouldn’t want to eat it – okay, yes I would. But only after staring at it for hours….okay, minutes. Seconds?

  27. Charees Not Specified Not Specified

    I love Rose anything! I want to try this, but I’m at such high altitude new cake recipes often sink for me. I’m at 4320 feet. Are you at a high elevation? If so I’m going to make this. It’s beautiful!

  28. Amrita Not Specified Not Specified

    You had me at ‘Glitter’! The cake looks super-elegant. And, Happy New Year!

  29. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, my! That cake is awesome. Gorgeous! It’s going to be my birthday cake for sure this year.

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  31. betty Not Specified Not Specified

    this is a very beautiful cake :)

  32. Lora Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! I love this glitter cake. Very creative. Bravo.

  33. Ryan Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my gosh, this is crazy gorgeous! I love the glittering raspberries, so cool. I need to order some rosewater soon, I keep seeing recipes calling for it and can’t find it anywhere by me :(

    Awesome, awesome cake! :)

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  37. Brian @ A Thought For Food Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks like one marvelous cake! Makes me want to dive into it!

  38. Carly Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks truly amazing. I did a double take as I was flipping through this afternoon and just had to comment. Everything in your blog inspires me to cook and write more. Thank you! cx

  39. Deanne Not Specified Not Specified

    Does anyone have recommendations on where to buy rosewater? I’ve looked at Michael’s and the baking section of my grocery store to no avail.

  40. Jillmarie Not Specified Not Specified

    I love rose syrup and water. This cake is lovely, but quick question: it is okay to eat glitter? Or this is editable glitter? I have 2 year old, so just making sure!

  41. Jillmarie Not Specified Not Specified

    I mean edible! Sorry iPhone didn’t like my spelling :)

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  44. House of Violetta Not Specified Not Specified

    Mouth watering delish and so pretty!

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  48. Vicki Not Specified Not Specified

    For anyone having difficulty finding Rose Water, try your local BevMo and look in the section where they have bitters, etc. I live in California, and found it there. I didn’t check at Total Wine, but suspect they may carry it too.

    This cake is gorgeous, and is definitely on my list to try! Thanks for the great recipe. If it’s half as good as your Boozy Bacon Jam, I’ll be in heaven! Thanks for that recipe too!

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  50. Gabby Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve made these before as cupcakes and they turned out amazing! This time, for Christmas, I’ll be using a vanilla glaze with a single raspberry on top for relatives who don’t have as much of a sweet tooth. Amazing recipe, and great versatility! <3

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  52. Hailey Not Specified Not Specified

    Where do you buy the gold luster? I cant find it anywhere :/

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  56. jane Not Specified Not Specified

    is there a way to condense this cake in half? (e.g. 2 layers instead of 4)

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  59. Cara Jaffe Not Specified Not Specified

    Can you recommend a good flavor of ice cream or sorbet to serve alongside this cake? Cheers!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I think are ally high quality vanilla bean ice cream would be really nice, or a mild butter-pecan, soothing that won’t take away from the floral notes of the cake!

  60. John Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, I didn’t know we could still comment. Just wanted to let you know I made this exact cake for a New Year’s Eve party last year, and it was a smashing success!! Everyone raved and thought it was professionally done. Thanks for the great recipe!!