Persian love cake – a perfectly romantic cake for Valentine’s Day!
The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to win his heart; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are several versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some not so much, and it is extremely unlikely to actually be true, but if it is possible to bake a cake that will make someone fall in love with you then this has to be that cake.
There are as many versions of the cake as there are stories, but it is always fragrantly perfumed and lightly spiced. It commonly includes some or all of the following ingredients: rosewater, pistachios, cardamom, almonds, saffron and orange or lemon. In this case I have made a moist cake with ground almonds, which is flavoured with rosewater, cardamom, nutmeg and orange. It is flecked with pistachios and soaked in a lemon and rosewater syrup before being topped with a lemon icing and a scattering of pistachios and edible dried rose petals for a perfectly romantic look.
This Persian love cake would be the perfect thing to make for Valentines day; it’s delicate flavor and perfumed smell can’t fail to put you in a romantic mood, not to mention that it is also incredibly pretty and easy to make!
Here’s what you’ll need:
For The Cake:
- 1 stick softened unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup superfine sugar
- 12 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 medium eggs
- 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
- finely grated zest of 1 large orange and juice of half
- 1 tbsp rosewater
- 5 tbsp chopped pistachios
For The Syrup, Icing And Decoration:
- 4 tbsp superfine sugar
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 1 tbsp rosewater
- 1 + 1/3 cups powdered sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- chopped pistachios and edible dried rose petals to garnish
1.Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a deep, 9inch round cake tin with a removeable base and line the bottom with baking parchment.