Persian love cake is a beautiful cake made with almond flour, rose water, and cardamon, and is topped with pistachios and a beautiful creamy icing. This cake is perfectly fluffy and rich with flavor.
This middle eastern cake is said to have been created by a woman who desperately wanted a man to fall in love with her. I’m not sure if that is completely true but my husband sure did love this cake! The ingredients are so romantic and fragrant. It screams romance.
Some things about my version don’t match the authentic Persian love cake recipe, however, it is delicious and I maintained some authenticity. I made sure to use almond flour. You can’t have a real Persian love cake recipe without almond flour. I use Bob’s, Red Mill. They have the best because they blanch whole almonds and ground them into a fine meal that lends a nutty flavor and moist texture to baked goods.
You can substitute all-purpose flour for salmon flour on a one-to-one ratio. People often ask how does almond flour affect baking? Almond flour has a very vague sweetness to it, but not so much that it can ruin a savory dish. The fat in almonds makes baked goods last longer because it helps the baked good to retain moisture. Lastly, I feel like Bob’s Red Mill’s almond flour helps make the dessert richer and more decadent.
Step 1- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a round cake pan. I used a 9-inch pan. The first step is to mix the dry ingredients together. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, almond flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and cinnamon. Then set the bowl aside.
Step 2- Now let’s mix the wet ingredients. In a second bowl, cream together the room temp butter, sugar, and olive oil. The mixture should be well mixed.
Step 3- Add two eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice, and rose water to the bowl of wet ingredients. Don’t overmix it but make sure the ingredients are well incorporated.
Step 4- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients. Use a spatula to combine them. Then add the ingredients to the cake pan and bake the cake on 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and pull it out clean.
Step 5– Finally, once you remove the cake from the oven, set it aside and let it cool before removing it from the pan. Mix the glaze ingredients together and pour it over a completely cooled cake. Top with pistachios and rose petals.
Step 6- Final step, ENJOY!