Lychee Rose Cake

Say ‘I love you Mum’ by surprising her with a homemade Lychee Rose Cake this Mother’s Day! After all, she’s always been the one feeding us. This pretty-in-pink cake contains two layers of moist lychee butter cake studded with sweet, juicy lychee pieces, whose delicate floral notes are paired perfectly with a light rose-scented Italian buttercream.

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All you have to do to win is to share with us in the comment box, what you will be cooking for your mum with this Mother’s Day; let it come from your heart!

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(Makes one 8” round cake)

Servings: 8 pax
Cooking Time: 2 hours


Lychee Butter Cake:
1 can (454g) lychee in syrup
240g cake flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
240g unsalted butter, room temperature
180g caster sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Rose Buttercream:
4 egg whites
90g sugar
90ml water
180g sugar
420g unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon rose water
1-2 drops pink gel food colouring


  1. Strain lychees and set aside the syrup.
  2. Cut lychees into small quarters and dry between paper towels.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Then beat in eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla extract.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and then fold into creamed butter mixture, alternating with ½ cup of reserved lychee syrup.
  6. Fold half of the prepared lychees into batter
  7. Portion batter into two greased and lined 8″ round baking pans.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 340°F/170°C for 30 minutes or until skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove cakes from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  10. Meanwhile, make rose buttercream by placing 180g sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  11. Whisk egg whites in stand mixer on medium speed, gradually adding 90g sugar until stiff peaks form.
  12. When the temperature of the boiling sugar reaches 116°C, remove the pot from heat and pour the sugar syrup in a slow steady stream into the mixer while it is running on high.
  13. Continue whisking the meringue until it is cooled to room temperature.
  14. Add soft butter cubes a bit at a time into the meringue and whip until buttercream is formed.
  15. Add in pink gel food colour and rosewater.
  16. Assemble the cake by removing cake from tin. Trim the top of the cakes to get even layers.
  17. Place one cake layer on a cake board. Brush on remaining lychee syrup.
  18. Spread a thin layer of buttercream, top with remaining lychees and then spread another thin layer of buttercream.
  19. Place the other layer of cake on top, brush with reserved lychee syrup and cover the whole cake with a thin layer of buttercream.
  20. Using piping bag with a closed star tip (Wilton 1M), pipe rosettes all around the cake.
  21. Chill to set, then serve.


13 thoughts on “Lychee Rose Cake”

  • Hi Whisk n fold,

    what you will be cooking for your mum with this Mother’s Day?

    to be honest, i am very bad at cooking, but i have dedicated myself to bake nice cakes for my families.
    For this year Mother’s day, i prepared vanilla chocolate sponge cake with Swish Butter Cream frosting. i hope my mother will love it. She has always been supportive of me doing baking from day 1.

    Looking at this Lychee Rose cake, i would try it to bake it for my families and friend to thank them for always supporting me all along.

    Thank you for the recipes.

    #mothersday #tecno #contest #bakingrecipes

  • This year was a difficult year for my mum. She was diagnosed with stomach and colon cancer at Stage 3. Nearing 80 years old, she took the news well and carried out her chemotherapy sessions bravely and positively. We celebrated Mother’s Day on 5 May and I’ve prepared her favourite Tiramisu prior to her operation on 9 May. She is currently out of ICU unit and doing very well. In fact today, she got out of bed to start walking around the hospital ward. My mum is the strongest woman and I love her so much! She is just like a Tiramisu – Pick Me Up! Delicate texture ( delicate body) yet exhumes a strong flavour (her personality). THUMBS UP MUM! WE LOVE YOU! JIA YOU! 🙂

  • Hi, been trying out this recipe and am having problem creaming the butter, sugar and eggs. Does the egg size matters? And does the eggs need to be in room temperature?
    Been reading online what causes my lumpy batter.

  • Hello. I tried your recipe, but found the sponge cake to be a little too sweet. The buttercream was also a little greasy. Could you advise what went wrong please? thanks!

    • If you find the sponge cake too sweet, you can reduce the sugar slightly. As for the buttercream, do wait for the meringue to cool completely before adding the butter. Also, the butter should be soft but not melted when you add it in to the meringue

  • Hi,
    I do not own the equipment that takes to measure the temperature of the boiling sugar. What are other alternatives to ensure its 116 degree?

    Thank you.

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