Rose, Pistachio & Orange Cake

29 June 2023

 Rose, Pistachio & Orange Cake

Fragranced with rose and orange then decorated with petals and pistachios, this cake is picture perfect and sublimely moist. Serve with whipped cream and strawberries for a blissful summer treat. A sophisticated cake with a Middle Eastern heritage, it’s also the perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee.


You will need a 20cm non-stick spring form tin

Serves: 10

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour



  • 100g pistachios
  • 4 cardamom pods, seeds retained and husks discarded
  • 300g unsalted butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 175g fine semolina (or plain flour if unavailable)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Orange zest and 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp rosewater

Orange and rosewater syrup

  • 100ml freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 5 tbsp orange blossom honey

  • 1 tbsp rosewater

To decorate

  • Dried edible rose petals
  • A handful of chopped pistachios


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan)
  2. Place the pistachios and cardamom seeds in a small food processor and whizz until finely ground.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar. Slowly add the beaten eggs, a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Place the semolina, baking powder, ground pistachios and almonds in a bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Add the semolina mixture to the creamed butter and eggs, folding in gently with a metal spoon until combined.
  6. Stir through the orange juice, orange zest and rosewater.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, smoothing the surface with a knife.
  8. Bake for an hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  9. While the cake is baking, place the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 5 minutes until slightly reduced and syrupy.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and drizzle with the syrup. Leave the cake to cool in the tin.
  11. Remove the cake from the tin and decorate with dried edible rose petals and chopped pistachios.