Baklava Cake

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

This is a beautiful, rich and aromatic cake that speaks volumes, an absolute show stopper that definitely has a queue for seconds!

I made this on the spur of the moment after remembering my visit to Tajrish bazaar and tasting the amazing baklava cake there.

You can also view step by step instructions of Persian Baklava Cake video on YouTube


For the cake batter

300g plain flour

200g caster sugar

3 medium sized eggs

150g plain yogurt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

170g oil (rapseed or vegetable)

1 tsp cardamom (ground) 2 tbsp rosewater

For the baklava mix

1 1/2 tsp cardamom

50g ground almond

50g ground pistachios

10g almond slivers

10g pistachio slivers 3 tbsp white granulated sugar

For the sugar syrup

3 tbsp white granulated sugar

1 tbsp rosewater

1/3 cup water

For the garnish

10g ground pistachios

10g ground almonds

1 tsp crushed dry rose petals

1 tsp ground cardamom

1 tbsp white granulated sugar


Step 1

The cake batter

  • Mix all the ingredients together except the flour

  • Gradually fold in the sieved flour

  • Your cake batter should be nice and smooth

  • Put your cake batter to one side

Step 2

The baklava mix

  • Mix all the baklava ingredients together thoroughly

Step 3

  • Pour half of the cake batter in a baking tray (22.5cm by 22.5cm)

  • Evenly sprinkle the baklava mix onto the cake batter

  • Evenly pour the rest of the cake batter on top

Step 4

  • Place in the oven at Gas Mark 4 (180 °C) for 25 / 30 minutes

  • Once ready, remove from the oven and prick all over the cake (you can use a tooth pick, or a cake tester)

Step 5

The sugar syrup

  • Add the sugar, water and rosewater into a saucepan

  • Boil for 5 minutes until slightly viscous

  • Pour evenly all over the top of the cake

Step 6

The garnish on top

  • In a blender (I used a small spice blender) add all the ingredients for the garnish

  • Blend until fine

  • Remove and sprinkle on top of the cake

  • You can add more rose petals if you like (as shown in the picture)

And there you have it! Enjoy this beautiful cake with saffron tea.

Persian Baklava Cake

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