Anything rose-- I'll buy it, taste it, smell it…spritz it on my face. I'm going through a total rose phase right now. If flowery is not something you want to associate with consumption then I recommend skipping this recipe or omitting the rose. Of course then you are just left with pound cake, which I think is what Rob would have preferred me to make. His comment was, "it's a good, moist cake." Smart man. I, on the other hand, loved the floral, sweet flavor and thought it went best with a cup of coffee in the morning.
I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn't get it out of my mind. It kept calling me back to it. And oddly enough I was picking up the ingredients graduly without even realizing it. I bought a bottle of DRAM apothecary's Juniper Rose Syrup and then the rose water thinking I'd like to figure out ways of incorporating them into recipes-- and then I remembered this cake. Perfect.
A note on the ingredients: rose water can be purchased online or a smaller boutique grocery may carry it (if you are local I found mine at Marczyk's). The same goes for rose tea and again if you are local to Denver I bought mine at Apothecary Tinctura. Also, you can find the DRAM syrup here or here in town.