A crush on Persian love cakes

No I did not make up this name, but I did had a crush on this recipe. In the run up to Christmas, baking love cakes seemed quite befitting. So, here you go, bake love !


  • 240g almond powder
  • 135g cassonade ( light brown sugar )
  • 135g vergeoise ( brown sugar from beetroot )
  • 50g buckwheat flour
  • 80g butter ( unsalted )
  • 160g greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp bitter almond extract
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Start the oven at 180 C / 360 F.
  2. Take the butter out of the fridge about 1 hour before starting the recipe so it’s at room temperature and easier blend in.
  3. Mix almond powder with both cassonade and vergeoise, buckwheat flour.
  4. Add the butter diced in small squares. To create a crumble-like mix, rub the mix with the tip of your fingers against each other.
  5. Spilt the mix : 2/3 in a large bowl and keep last 1/3 aside.
  6. Add the greek yogurt and 2 eggs to the 2/3 in the large bowl. Then the bitter almond extract, nutmeg and pinch of salt.
  7. Fill the bottom of your molds with the remaining crumble texture, squeeze it before adding the rest of the dough.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or so. Let it cool before removing from the molds.
  9. Decorate with some mascarpone, chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds and powder sugar

Variations ( as always )

Because some ingredients were not in my pantry ( bitter almond extract and pomegranate seeds AND pistachios ) I deviated a bit… I soaked golden raisins in rum and added them to the yogurt mix.

I will give the original recipe a proper go soon when I’m better equipped and I’ve practiced my decorating skills with powder sugar!

Recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi.

If a toddler is around

  • Have her line the baking tins with paper cups
  • Set aside a bit of flour / almond powder to mix with butter with her fingers
  • Have her taste the almond powder
  • Have her help you decorating the cakes once they are cold … I wish I could say my son helped me… but no, I was on my own, and not drunk. My only mitigating circumstances was to have my 2 month old wrapped around my waist.