Persian Love Cake

Total time: 1hr 30m
Preparation Time: 45m

For 12 piece


Schirin Mirzai - Gastrosophinnen

Nutritional Information

Contains 459 Kcal, 8g Protein, 39g Carbohydrates, 29g Fat


  • Batter
  • 200 g butter, soft
  • 150 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 100 g white flour
  • 275 g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp rose water (Coop Vitality pharmacies)
  • 1 organic lemon, use grated zest and juice
  • Rose water syrup for drizzling
  • 1 organic lemon, only 1/2 of the juice, set aside the rest of the juice
  • 2 tbsp finest sugar
  • 0.5 tsp rose water (Coop Vitality pharmacies)
  • Icing
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted, shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • Utensils
  • One springform pan (approx. 22 cm in diameter), base lined with baking paper, sides greased

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  • Batter

    Place the butter and sugar in a bowl, mix using the whisk on a hand mixer. Add the eggs one at a time and continue to beat until the mixture becomes lighter in colour. Break open the cardamom pods, remove the pods, finely crush the seeds using a mortar and pestle, mix with the almonds and all the other ingredients up to and including the salt. Mix the lemon zest, lemon juice, rose water and almond mixture into the egg mixture, transfer the batter to the prepared tin.
  • To bake

    Approx. 45 mins. in the lower half of an oven preheated to 160°C. Remove from the oven, place on a cooling rack.
  • Rose water syrup for drizzling

    Heat the lemon juice, rose water and sugar in a small pan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Prick the cake several times with a wooden skewer, drizzle with the warm syrup, leave to cool in the tin. Remove the cake from the tin.
  • Icing

    In a bowl, combine the icing sugar and water with the reserved lemon juice to make a thick icing, spread on top of the cake, top with the pistachios, leave to dry.
  • Tip:

    Scatter 2 tsp of edible flowers over the cake along with the pistachios.

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