Persian Love Cake

28 comments

Persian Love Cake is a beautifully scented, rich and delicious cake. Filled with exotic the flavours of cardamon, saffron and rose water this cake is truly a slice of luxury.  Loaded with ground almonds and creamy yogurt then drizzled with a sticky citrus syrup, this cake will keep perfectly for a few days while still retaining the moist texture. 

This Persian Love Cake is filled with exotic the flavours of cardamon, saffron and rose water, it truly is a slice of luxury.

Isn't the name of this cake just beautiful, Persian Love Cake. I feel like a fairytale princess whenever I make it. Legend has it that a Persian woman concocted this cake and filled it with love magic in order to make a handsome Prince fall in love with her. Nobody can agree on whether the tale has a happy ending or not, but I like to think the Prince fell head over heels for the woman and they lived happily ever after. I mean, who could deny the loving powers of this cake.

This Persian Love Cake is filled with exotic the flavours of cardamon, saffron and rose water, it truly is a slice of luxury.

This Persian Love Cake is filled with exotic the flavours of cardamon, saffron and rose water, it truly is a slice of luxury.

Traditionally a Persian Love Cake is decorated with dried rose petals and chopped pistachios. Unfortunately I was unable to find dried rose petals... okay okay, I couldn't be bothered to look for them, you got me, so chopped pistachios and live roses will have to do. I still think it looks rather enchanting.

This Persian Love Cake is filled with exotic the flavours of cardamon, saffron and rose water, it truly is a slice of luxury.


Persian Love Cake


Ingredients:
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 100ml full fat milk
  • pinch of saffron strands
  • 6 large free range eggs
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250ml full fat greek yogurt
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp rose water
  • 75g pistachios, chopped
  • 1 orange, zested (reserve juice for syrup)
  • 1 lemon, zested (reserve juice for syrup)

  • For the syrup:
  • lemon juice from zested lemon
  • orange juice from zested orange
  • 50ml water
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2tsp rosewater
Cooking Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C and grease and line a 22cm cake tin.
  2. Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and lightly crust with a pestle and mortar.
  3. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until warm (do not allow to boil) and add in the saffron strands, set aside while you make the cake.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer mix the eggs and sugar together till thick and creamy. Fold in the almonds, flour, baking powder and yogurt. Add the orange and lemon zest and the chopped pistachios and gently fold through until just combined. Stir in the milk and rosewater.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it.
  6. While the cake is baking, make the syrup. In a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan combine the orange and lemon juice, water, sugar and rosewater and simmer over a medium low heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Around 10 minutes. Brush onto the warm cake and allow to cool in the tin.
  7. Decorate with rose petals and more chopped pistachios and dust with icing sugar.
SHARE:
Next PostNewer Post Previous PostOlder Post Home

28 comments

  1. That looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Looking at the ingredients, I am sure with a little tweaking I could make this keto friendly! Sim x

    ReplyDelete
  2. That sounds really delicious. I love the delicate flavours of rose water in cakes. Mandi

    ReplyDelete
  3. I honestly am so in love with this cake right now! If I wasn't already hungry then I definitely am now. The recipe sounds fairly easy to follow so I just might have to give this one a try one time. Hopefully my attempt won't be too shameful.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This looks so pretty! I think the real roses give a much prettier touch. I love the taste of rosewater, it's lovely and subtle but so distinctive.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is a great cake to make for Valentines Day or similar. The folklore is really romantic and the delicate flavour of rosewater makes it really special.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Now this sounds like it would be the most delicious looking cake. I bet it has the most delicious flavouring to it. Oh for a slice of cake right now.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This looks and sounds amazing and I don't even have a sweet tooth! Never tried greek yoghurt in cake before.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the story behind the name of the cake. I wonder if it's true and if the prince did fall in love with her or not. Looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This looks delicious. I should really try different recipes from around the world.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow this cake looks and sounds delicious, a real slice of luxury and beautiful flavours! I love the story behind it as well.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The cake does look absolutely stunning, and I don't think it would last that well in my house, it would be eaten so quickly x

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a stunning looking cake and with such delicious ingredients too and I love the name Persian Love Cake!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow. If someone made me this I would love them forever! Anything with rose water and pistachio in it is a big win-win for me.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That cake looks amazing, almost too pretty to eat x

    ReplyDelete
  15. oh wow this cake looks absolutely divine what a wonderful idea and i bet it tastes amazing

    ReplyDelete
  16. You've made me very hungry, I have never tired a persian love cake before

    ReplyDelete
  17. The cake looks stunning and I can only imagine how it tastes #scrummy

    ReplyDelete
  18. first off, your food styling is incredible - love it a lot. The cake looks so delicious and I like that the decoration of it is kept simple, makes it much more achievable for me to recreate

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh my gosh. This cake is so beautiful. I love naked cakes! The mix of spices, citrus and pistachios sounds really yummy as well.
    Rachel

    ReplyDelete
  20. Your decorations are beautiful, glad you used the roses as it makes the cake stand out and the photo is amazing

    ReplyDelete
  21. What an absolutely stunning cake. I haven't heard of this cake before, but I love anything with pistachios

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is such a beautiful cake. Definitely one for me to try out.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh that just looks so yummy! I want some :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Looks delicious! I made an Afgahnistan custard type dessert which had similar flavours but think I put too much rose water as it was too perfumed for my taste!

    ReplyDelete
  25. This looks delicious. Even better, I love rose water and the Other Half hates it so if I bake it that means I get to eat it xx

    ReplyDelete
  26. A Persian love cake! What a wonderful name. Your photos are so beautiful too - the roses look gorgeous. x

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh wow how amazing is This cake - I love this! Very luxurious and I bet it tastes yummy x

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comments :)

Katie xo

PREMIUM BLOGGER TEMPLATES BY pipdig
.post-body img { max-width: 640px !important; height: auto !important; } .pinit-wrapper img { max-width: 125px !important; height: auto !important; }