Based on two variations on Persian Love Cake, this Persian Love Bundt cake is the perfect sweet treat to serve up on Valentines Day.
A tale of two loves
Persian Love Cake is all over the internet (Pinterest in particular…) but for such a famous cake no one seems to know where it originally came from with some sites suggesting it was only first published in 2005.
I’m a sucker for the history behind different dishes and if there’s a romantic tale or tragedy behind its construction then even better! So, with a name like Persian Love Cake I expected there to be a tale of love, passion and perhaps even a bit of lust involved.
The best I could find was the following courtesy of ChocolateChalk.com:
a French woman fell in love with an Iranian prince and created this cake to show her feelings for him. However, she was unaware of his severe allergy to one of spices she has used in the cake and he died on the spot after only a few bites
Note to self: re-check OH’s allergies before baking for him…there’s a lesson for us all there!
Some of the stories I came across were a little happier but who doesn’t like a bit of tragedy. It’s no Romeo and Juliet but I guess it will have to do!
A tale of two cakes
It would seem however that for every version of the story behind the cake there is a different recipe.
The two biggest variations being the ingredients for the sponge. Some say that Persian Love Cake is made from a chiffon sponge spiked with the flavours of cardamom and pistachio, topped with light, rose flavoured cream. Others say its a much more dense cake made from ground almonds instead of flour. This second variation is often dusted with icing sugar and topped with rose petals and chopped nuts.
It would seem just like love itself Persian Love Cake comes in many forms. So I decided to break the mould and come up with my very own Persian Love Bundt which is a bit of a mix of both!
A Valentines Day Treat
The exotic, aromatic flavours of rose, cardamom and pistachio are bound to stir up a few emotions making this recipe the perfect sweet treat this Valentine’s Day.
I baked this cake to celebrate another special occasion, the engagement of my big sister Niki and her partner Chris! It’s the perfect cake for a romantic celebration!
Who will you bake your Persian Love Bundt for?
Persian Love Bundt – The Recipe
Ingredients Instructions Notes 1. Use a food processor on the 'pulse' setting to chop the pistachios quickly. 2. The batter is quite wet. Don't panic! It's meant to be like that.
1. Use a food processor on the 'pulse' setting to chop the pistachios quickly.
2. The batter is quite wet. Don't panic! It's meant to be like that.
When you make this cake your kitchen will be filled with the heady aromas of spice, citrus and roses. If you other half isn’t already swarming around you like a bee around honey they will be when they can smell this cooking.
This year as well as nibbling on slices of cake and sipping herbal tea, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day in the not so traditional style of the Chinese New Year parade in central London which just happens to fall on the same day. We never have been a very traditional couple – always trying to break the rules! It will be nice however to get out of the house and let someone else cook dinner!
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Do you cook for your loved one on special occasions? I’d love to hear in the comments below!