Recipe: Persian Love Cake

Recipe: Persian Love Cake

35m prep | 50m cook

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An icon of Iranian folklore, this cake was said to hold such appeal it could make a prince fall in love with the person who baked it.

One bite of this impossibly moist almond-based cake, scented with cardamom and nutmeg, drizzled with rose water syrup, coated in citrussy icing and topped with pistachio slivers and rose petals, and you too will believe in its powers of attraction.

Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 120g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Greek or natural yoghurt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 200g almond meal
  • 170g semolina
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Slivered pistachios and edible rose petals to decorate

For the syrup:

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp rose water

For the icing:

  • 150g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • 15mL freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp rose water

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