It's not that time of the year to post about love cakes. Not that I celebrate Valentines Day,anyways. But it was my birthday last month.I stepped into my thirties leaving my twenties behind. A decade filled with life changing experiences and so many lessons. Though,there was the slightest twinge of sadness,I was prepared to embrace this new chapter in life,with a piece of cake. Not just any cake,but the Love Cake.
This is a special occasion treat served in weddings and birthdays,Christmas and New Year. In weddings the guests get to take home squares of this cake wrapped in lovely cellophane or gift boxes. As kids,we couldn't wait to come home,unwrap it and devour it voraciously. Sadly,I couldn't find puhul dosi here in dubai,so I used candied orange peels and candied pineapples.There wasn't much of a difference in the taste. It will taste delicious even without the candied fruits. The cake would stay up for a week in an air-tight box in room temperature.
As for the birthday,I shared half of the cake with my neighbors. My kids had some and rest of it,was finished a week later by me and my hubby over a late night movie.A great end to a lovely cake !
Sri lankan Love Cake
(adapted from the The Traveller's Lunchbox)
3 large eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar
75 g unsalted butter,melted and cooled
1 ½ tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon rosewater
zest of 1 small lemon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cardomom
1 cup raw cashews,chopped
1 cup semolina,lightly roasted
60 g candied squash,pumpkin,pineapple,lemon peel chopped
Method:Line an 8"inch round cake pan with double parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 300 F/150 C degrees.In a large bowl,beat the eggs and sugar till light and thick. Add the melted butter,honey,rosewater,lemon zest,ground nutmeg and cardomom. Beat well. Stir in the cashews together with the semolina and the candided fruit.Turn into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minuted to one hour or until the top is golden and puffed.If thr cake starts to brown too quickly,cover it with a foil and bake. When done,let it cool completely in the pan before removing.Dust with powdered sugar if you like, and cut into small squares or diamonds to serve.
yummy cake,loved the texture:)
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Love the love cake....Nutmeg and cardamom in a cake...Should be heaven
Lovely cake Farwin...and beautiful pics..ur cake stand is so pretty. Congrats on winning the groupon voucher. Happy holidays 🙂
Love and other Spices says
Thanks Indu. Oh yes ! it's heavenly !
Nasuha Kareem says
Hi Farwin... that was so good-looking. awesome photography!!! I love the one with sugar jar and the mini colander at the background. BTW, being a Sri Lanka i hope you will come up with more recipes from home cuisine. Can u plzzzzz show the recipe on how to make authentic Sri Lankan Mani pittu.. I am an ardent fan of it....txs.
Hello, I made this for Sri lankan new year last week and it came out really well!!!!! Just like the photo, which a crunchy layer of cashew. It was so easy to make, not much ingredients but GREAT taste! I will definitely make this again and again. I also made a love cake according to Chef Peter Kuruvita's recipe, but I gotta say that was nowhere near your beautifully delicious love cake! Knowing that your recipes are fool proof, I'm gonna go ahead with make other recipes in your blog. I hope you continue to post more recipes. Good luck! and thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
Love and other Spices says
Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm glad the cake came out well.
Nice to see sri lankan food blogs 🙂
i will be visiting your blog everyday 😛 hope you upload loads of ifthar items! please do come visit my blog too.