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Persian love cake | کیک عشق ایرانی

Let's taste some Persian love!

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Once upon a time, a Persian girl baked a cake filled with magical love powder to enchant a prince. But did she really?

The legend has it that this is the story behind this cake. Also, the ending is not clear. Did the prince eat the cake and fall in love with the baker?

This is the prettiest cake I have ever baked and the prettiest picture I have ever taken!

This is the prettiest cake I have ever baked and the prettiest picture I have ever taken!

If hereafter, they ask my gain from this world's harvest,

I'll say "that day, that day I spent speaking with my love." (Saa'di Shirazi)

Well, everything about this cake and story is completely unknown to Iranian inside Iran. I only came across it on books and blogs of Iranian abroad last year and found out that this is a big hit!

It is probably only a cute fairy tale, as I tried to trace it back in our history, literature and culture, but I wasn't successful. But who cares! This cake sounds delicious; a holy combination of fragrant and exotic Persian ingredients: cardamom, saffron, rosewater and pistachios! All these familiar aromatic ingredients are used in different Persian desserts and confectionery, and the result is amazing!

Love the colors!

Love the colors!

Never dieth that one , whose heart is alive with true love (Hafez)

We have passed both valentine's day and SepandarMazgan (Persian day of love and friendship, celebrated on 23th of Feb). But I wanted to bake it for so long that I just grabbed the hand mixer and did it regardless of the date!

Let's do this:

There are many different recipes out there by both Iranian and none - Iranian chefs, but I like this one from Broma bakery simply because I had all the ingredients! I just changed one crucial thing! If this cake's Persian, it must have saffron instead of vanilla, and that's what I did!

When I was mixing the ingredients, I was going on about how these recipes don't include all the information you need and are not for beginners. And that you can't possibly know if you're doing it right. But as it turned out later, it was absolutely enough. There's really not much to the process. It was business as usual with this cake: just beating wet ingredients plus sugar and then adding the dry ingredients.

Don't check the cake every minute!

Don't check the cake every minute!

I didn't have almond meal, so I added ground almond. Also as I said earlier, I substituted vanilla with saffron liquid.

The batter was denser than my recent cakes, which I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit worried about. But I decided to just trust the recipe. So I put the pan in the oven and set the timer for 40 minutes.

As usual, I checked at 35 minutes, and it needed more time as the fork came out with a bit of batter from the middle of the cake. But the rest of the cake was completely baked. I checked again after 5 minutes, and it was still wet. I checked a few times, and that's why the middle of the cake looks like this! However, this was probably the best looking and smelling cake I have baked in a long time! It easily came out of the pan smelling like one of my most favourite Persian confectionery, called Souhan. That yum smell of cardamom, Rose and saffron!

In almost all of the recipes, they used powdered sugar glaze. I have done this before, and it's a bit too sweet for my liking. So I decided to change it to something that most Iranians like: whipped cream! I prepared it and then garnished the cake with dried Roses, pistachios and some very pretty Blossoms because it is already Spring in here!

The cake with some of the ingridients

The cake with some of the ingridients

How does it taste?

Well, let me tell you, it is absolutely yummy! It looks good, it smells good, and it tastes good! This cake is wonderful, and it is now on our top three cake list along with date and walnut and orange cake! It totally was worth the 1-year wait!

Dried roses and blossoms!

Dried roses and blossoms!

Without Thee , to the soul , my heart hath come .

This the time when thou shouldst come back (Hafez)

I would use less cardamom next time because it overpowers other ingredients. And it was a bit too sweet. I try to work out the sugar if possible because changing ingredients in baking is not easy; if you change something, the whole texture will change. So I would like less sugar, but I need to see if I can do it.

The only missing Persian ingredient I can think of is pomegranate! However, this can be solved by adding its juice to the frosting!

The texture!

The texture!

More pleasant than the sound of love's speech, nought I heard! (Hafez)

از صدای سخن عشق ندیدم خوش‌تر * یادگاری که در این گنبد دوار بماند

حافظ | Hafez shirazi

Now that we are on the subject of love, I want to talk about love in Persian poems. I absolutely adore Persian poetry, and coming from a city with two of the most favourite and celebrated Persian poet of all time - Hafez and Sa’adi - love is pretty much in every corner of my city.

From the famous tale of Leyli and Majnoon to Khosrow and Shirin, love is the main subject of Persian poems; whether it is love between two human or between human and God in Sufism poetries, all Persian Poets have said something about it. I have selected a few of my favourite verses and shared them in this article. Obviously, these are translations, so they can not possibly be as beautiful and meaningful as Farsi versions, but I thought you might enjoy them as well!

What do you think about the cake, the fairy tale behind it and the poems?!

*Poems translated by Henry Wilber Force Clarke, Farzad Farid Afshin & David Martin.

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Comments (62)

  • Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW! Amazing photos, cute story, noms cake, the whole thing, it's so beautiful! 🥰 You should be very proud of your efforts here, 10/10 🙂

      1 month ago
    • Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, THANKS! 😅😘🥰

      I really really appreciate it Tabitha 🌹🙏🏻😊 So glad to hear it!

      I loved the whole thing! I think the day I made it, there was some love in the air😅😅😅 cause I enjoyed it very much!

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        1 month ago
    • You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I know the feeling when you have put in so much effort and everything you want just works, it's so satisfying and such a wonderful experience, I'm so glad yours was to create this beautiful cake and give...

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        1 month ago
  • What an amazing post Zahra! 👏 Enchanting pictures as always! Beautiful writing! And an interesting & great looking cake! I totally want to take a bite, but at the same time I feel like the cake is too precious to ruin it... Glad to know you enjoyed it 😊 We can definetely sense the love in the air 💕 Excellent!🌹🌺

      1 month ago
    • I really appreciate it Filipa! ☺️☺️🙏🏻🙏🏻 Wow! I absolutely love your opinion on this! It kinda feels like that it's not a cake and we're talking about an art piece that we can have different ideas about it! I love that! I'm very delighted to...

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        1 month ago
    • Ohhhh to me it's definetely an art piece! You are completly welcome ❤️

        1 month ago
  • Loved this, Zahra — and the photography is amazing!

      1 month ago
    • Thank you so much! It's awesome to hear that! The photo shoot was a bit tough, but I'm really happy that they turned out like this!

        1 month ago
  • Look really great. One almost feels guilty to ruin such a nice artwork by eating it, but that what food is all about. Food has to look good and appetizing or there won't be many takers. I must add, Zahra, all your postings come with really meaningful and fascinating stories. I still recall great story about 2000 year old chicken recipe, but this one is even more amazing. I am looking forward to the next one.

      1 month ago
    • Thank you so much 🙏🏻🙏🏻 I agree but as I have said many times on Foodtribe, taste is more important! The look is the first thing we saw, but it's the taste that makes our mind on the dish!

      I'm so delighted to hear that! I really love the stories...

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        1 month ago
    • You're very welcome. Thank you again for your stories. You're quite right. Recipes don't just dreamed up. Each recipe has some sort of history behind it.

        1 month ago
  • Beautiful post Zahra!! The cake looks so pretty and romantic, it fits a love tale. I must try this cake 🥺, the combination of flavors sounds lovely 😍.

      1 month ago
    • Thank you so much ♥️😊 True👌🏻👌🏻

      I really recommend it! You can substitute vanilla with saffron like how I did. And I thought half or 3/4 of the cardamom is enough. But maybe it's just my tasting!

      If you make it, please let me know how it...

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        1 month ago
    • I like your idea of adding the pomegranate to the cream 😍. I am looking for pomegranate juice 🥺

        1 month ago
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