Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

You’re going to fall in love with this Persian Love Cake! 

So much more than a romantic name, it has a sublime texture and flavour nuances that will move you to make it time and again. The story goes that a woman, madly in love with a prince, baked this cake and imbued it with magical powers to make him fall in love with her. There are two endings to the story; one where the cake didn’t work (and she ate it all herself) and another where they lived happily ever after.

Our gluten-free version is so good that you will want to have it all to yourself too. It is an exotic dessert cake for all yogurt lovers and spice lovers alike; made with almond meal, homemade yogurt, coconut sugar, dreamy spices, citrus zest and a hint of rose water. And it’s love at first sight too; so gorgeous decorated with pistachios and dried rose petals.

The yogurt enriched batter ensures the cake is moist and light, while the contrasting nut crumb base is sweet, crunchy and deliciously caramelised. The enchanting middle eastern flavours go perfectly with lashings of extra homemade yogurt to serve. Or for a richer dessert experience, why not dollop on cultured cream, (homemade probiotic sour cream)

It is hard to believe a cake this beautiful could be so simple to make. No complicated techniques or equipment are required. In fact, it’s an old-fashioned, one bowl creation that can be thrown together and in the oven in under 15 minutes. Making it is a sensory experience though; you have to get your fingers into the batter to get the right dose of love in there.





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