Pistachio and Rose-Water Cake Recipe

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Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time1 hours 20 mins

This beautiful Easter cake recipe is full of Middle Eastern flavours and wonderful aromas - you'll just love it!



  • 150g (5oz) pistachios
  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
  • 3 large, free-range eggs
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 4tsp rose water
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 125g (4½oz) self-raising flour

for the decoration

  • 1 pink rose, un-sprayed (check with the florist)
  • 1 free-range egg white
  • 3tbsp caster sugar
  • icing sugar, to top

you will need

  • 23cm (9in) springform cake tin, oiled and bottom lined


  1. Make the decoration. Carefully pull the petals from the rose. Beat the egg white with a fork until it goes frothy. Using a paintbrush, lightly coat each petal with the egg white, dip in the caster sugar, shake off the excess and place on a wire rack. They should dry in 30 minutes in a cool, dry room.
  2. For the cake, heat the oven to 150 C, 130 C fan, 300 F, gas 2. Lightly toast the pistachios in the oven until golden, allow to cool slightly, then blitz in a food processor. Remove, reserving 2tsp, then add the butter and sugar, whizz, then add the eggs one at a time while the motor is running, then the lemon juice and rose water.
  3. Add the baking powder, flour, pistachios and a pinch of salt, and pulse until combined. The mix should be soft dropping consistency, so if it's too stiff, add a drop of milk or water.
  4. Transfer the mix to the tin, level the top and bake in the centre of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if the cake is getting too coloured. Once cooked, cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To decorate, sift over some icing sugar, scatter over the reserved pistachios and top with the rose petals. If you want to serve it as a pudding, try it with a dollop of Greek yogurt drizzled with honey. It will keep in an airtight container for 3 days, or can be frozen undecorated.
Food Writer

Rebecca Smith was a Food Writer for Woman & Home and during her time with the magazine she was responsible for bringing an impressive array of mouth-watering recipes to womanandhome.com. These recipes ranged from slow-cooked Shoulder of Lamb and Hot Water Crust Ham Hock Pies, to sweet treats such as a delectable Chocolate Brownie Cake and intricate Pistachio and Rose Water cake.


Following her work with Woman & Home, Rebecca went on to become the Deputy Editor at Delicious Magazine.