Roses won’t save the world.

Hey everybody. Another long week of college and not doing enough work. Still, always time for baking and this cake is really lovely. It uses a touch of rose water, you can buy this from most health food stores, I got mine in the Quay Co-Op for €3.50 or so, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it too. Though, I do warn you, the flavour is strong so go easy. Fill this Rose Water Cake with whatever you like – jam, cream, strawberries.
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Right, you need:

200g self-raising flour
200g unsalted butter (softened)
200g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1 tsp rose water
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp butter milk 
(Buttermilk in cakes is my new thing. Embrace it.)
Line up two 20cm cake tins and preheat your oven to gas 4. 
Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add your eggs and beat between each to make sure all is fully incorporated. 
Add your vanilla and rose water and give a good mix. If you think you want a stronger flavour, have a taste of your batter here to be sure. It’s stronger than you think and you don’t want to over power with it, you more want a delicate hint of flavour.
Sift your flour and your baking powder in and beat. The mixture will be quite thick, so add the buttermilk to  loosen it up – if you think you need more than 4 tbsp feel free, just don’t let it be a batter. It’s a cake after all.
Divide the mixture into your two cake tins and bake for about 40 minutes – check them! When you’re happy with them, take them out and leave them to cool in the tins for a few minutes. Now you can whip some cream to go in between then and pick out your favourite jam or fruit to go inside. Once the cakes are cool, turn them out and decorate as you wish. I’ve used this jam as I think the consistency works best in cakes:
Try and pick something sweet and delicate for the inside, there will be enough flavour from the rose so you won’t need to go crazy with anything else. Enjoy it !

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