Persian Love Cake (Cardamom Rose Cake)

This Persian Love Cake is made with cardamom and rose water, then glazed and decorated with edible dried rose petals and chopped pistachios. 


For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped pistachios and dried rose petals, to decorate


Make the Cake

  • Prep your tools. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch springform cake pan and set it aside.
  • Mix dry ingredients. In a large bowl mix all-purpose flour, almond flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine wet ingredients. Add butter and brown sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add greek yogurt and eggs (one at a time), mixing well after each addition.
  • Add citrus, rosewater, and vanilla. Add lemon and orange zest and juice, rose water and vanilla extract, and mix again.
  • Add dry ingredients. Turn speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture until incorporated.
  • Bake. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cake is lightly brown on top and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool. Allow the cake to cool before making the glaze.

Make the Glaze and Decorate

  • Combine glaze ingredients. In a large bowl whisk together powdered sugar, rose water, and lemon juice until smooth.
  • Glaze the cake. Carefully spoon the icing over the cake, allowing it to run down the sides.
  • Decorate. Garnish, if desired, with chopped pistachios and rose petals.

Keywords: rose water cake, almond cake, love cake, pistachio cake, valentine's dessert