Happy Valentine’s Day! I meant to get this post up earlier this week so you could make a bouquet of these strawberry roses for your Valentine, whomever that may be! However, life got in the way this week as it tends to do, and I’m just sneaking this post in at the last minute.
If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day project, or just want a way to add a little fanciness to your morning fruit bowl, look no further. Strawberry roses are incredibly easy to make, and are the perfect garnish to a cake, cupcakes, or simply your plate. I made these for the first time exactly a year ago as toppers to Nutella cupcakes (another recipe I’ll have to share with you eventually!).
There are a lot of step-by-step photos here, but as there’s really no recipe, I hope you’ll forgive the scrolling and just enjoy looking at the pictures. All you need is a sharp paring knife, and some strawberries and you’re set to go. The petals come to life from a series of cuts in the strawberry, starting at the bottom and moving up in layers.
Step 1: Take your strawberry and set it on its end. With your paring knife make a short cut down the outside of the strawberry, using a short sawing motion with your knife to get it started if necessary. Plan to make 4-5 cuts depending on how big your strawberry is. I usually just need 4 in this first layer.
Step 2: Make the second petal in the same way, cutting into the strawberry along the outside.
Step 3: Complete the remaining petals in the bottom layer. Fold the petals out gently with your knife so they pull away from the body of the strawberry.
Step 4: Make 4 more cuts in the strawberry, in between each of the bottom petals. These will be smaller, so use the tip of your knife to get in between the bottom petals without cutting them.
Step 5: Use the very tip of your knife, pointed at an angle, to cut a small dimple in the very top.
That’s it! Your strawberry rose is complete. Use your knife to press out the petals, or feel free to add extra petals around the bottom if your strawberry is especially big. The more you do, the easier they’ll get – soon you’ll be doing one in less than a minute!
I hope you get to spend this weekend with loved ones, friends, and family, and share some fun strawberries with them – they’re guaranteed to impress!