I must say that this cake reminds me of a lovely tea party because of its delicate appearance. It’s also made with some of my favorite ingredients that were first introduced to me over 34 years ago by my husband who is middle eastern. The cake has subtle flavors of cardamom, rose water syrup, and lemon zest. If you’ve never tried rose water syrup, you must give it a try, it’s wonderful in desserts. I will warn you however that the taste is strong and aromatic so a little goes a long ways but in this recipe, I think the amount is perfect. If you like it, you can add more.
Supposedly, the story behind the name of this cake is that there once was a Persian woman madly in love with a prince. She wanted him to fall in love with her so she baked him this cake and topped it with magical love powers, the lovely rose petals and pistachios, I think. In my search for the history of the cake, I read two endings. The first story ended with the prince falling in love with her and they live happily ever after. The second version didn’t end so happily ever after. Regardless of the ending, I think it’s a magical cake and you will fall in love with it if these flavors are your thing. There are many variations of the cake and I’ve modified it to my liking. I hope you enjoy it too!
The cake is very easy to make and the combinations of flours, all purpose and almond flour, give it a wonderful texture. The icing is also very simple and full of flavor and topped with lovely edible flowers and pistachios. I think this cake is perfect for any occasion from Easter to “just because”. The cake is delicate and light too. Alright, let’s get started.
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