“Once upon a time, there was a Persian woman madly in love with a prince. To make him fall in love with her, she baked him this cake, filled with magical love powers. So the story goes… With hints of cardamom, pistachio, and orange, this Persian Love Cake wins our hearts every time – and it’s so easy to make.”
– Maria & Eva Konecsny, Gewürzhaus

15 minutes prep | 30-35 minutes cooking | 12 servings


3 ½ cups almond meal
¾ cup demerara sugar
¾ cup Gewürzhaus Cardamom Pistachio Sugar, plus extra to serve
120g unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
250g natural yoghurt, plus extra to serve
½ tsp Gewürzhaus Nutmeg Ground
1 tsp Gewürzhaus Cardamom Ground
Zest of 1 orange
50g raw pistachios, chopped
Gewürzhaus Pyramid Flake Salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 26cm cake pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the almond meal, sugars, butter and a pinch of salt until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Spoon half the mixture into your prepared pan and press down to form an even base.
  4. Add the eggs, yoghurt, half the orange zest and spices to the remaining crumb and pulse until smooth and creamy. Pour over the base, and tap the tin to level the top of the cake. Scatter the top with pistachios and bake for 30-35 minutes or until cake is golden.
  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Mix together yoghurt, remaining orange zest and 1 teaspoon of Cardamom Pistachio Sugar to serve.

Recipe Note

This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.


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Sisters Maria and Eva Konecsny, founders of the beloved Gewürzhaus spice stores, know that spices have the power to transform our everyday cooking. They also believe that cooking to feed our kin can be a deeply nourishing and connective force in our lives.In Kindred, Maria and Eva take you into their homes to share the spices, seasonal rituals, traditions and recipes from their German heritage that bring their families around the table. Learn how to use spices in simple ways to elevate your cooking and discover key principles for spicing different types of food. Kindred will inspire you to come together with your loved ones, discover the food paths of your own kin, and transform your cooking and baking with rhythms that sustain you into the future.Follow their journey at @pot_and_deckel @gewurzhaus.