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.