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Persian Love Cake Recipe by Food Stylist Freda Shafi

Valentine’s Day Persian Love Cake Recipe – 

Persian Love Cake Recipe by Food Stylist Freda Shafi

Here’s another recipe from Food Stylist and Blogger Freda Shafi. This is one of her favourite recipes to kick-start the romantic month of St. Valentine, as there’s a lot of love in the Yorkshire air. Freda said: It’s a beautiful recipe which I loved creating; easy enough to make and it’s flourless too! Enjoy the month of ‘luurve’ ahead and this delicious Valentine’s Day cake!
Valentines Day Cake Freda Shafi

  • 500g peeled and chopped pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250g thick Greek yogurt
  • 50g unsalted butter softened
  • 250g demerara sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp rosewater
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 100g pistachios finely chopped
  • 250g of pure icing sugar sifted
  • Rose petals (optional)


  • Place the pumpkin, cinnamon and pinch of sea salt on a prepared tray, then roast for 60 minutes until pumpkin is cooked through.
  • When cooked, mix it with the yogurt and process until smooth.
  • Place butter and demerara sugar in a bowl. Beat until thick, then fold in ground almonds and the combine pumpkin. Then add rosewater, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix in the nutmeg and baking powder, then bake for one hour until cooked.
  • Topping: Combine icing sugar and water and pour over the cake with crushed pistachios and rose petals. Serve on its own or with fresh cream or ice cream.

For this and more recipes, see my Instagram feed and Facebook page where I post daily with full recipes and demonstrations.


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Valentines Day Persian Love Cake Recipe by Fred Shafi

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