How to make it

  • Candied rose petals:
  • Whisk egg whites in small bowl until foamy.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush rose petals on both sides with egg whites; sprinkle on both sides with sugar.
  • Dry on nonstick rack at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Butter two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line pan bottoms with parchment paper; butter parchment.
  • Sift flour, 7 Tbsp baker's sugar, baking powder, and salt into large bowl.
  • Whisk yolks, water, oil, lemon peel and cardamom in small bowl until smooth.
  • Add yolk mixture to dry ingredients; whisk until smooth.
  • Beat egg whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add 7 Tbsp baker's sugar; beat until whites resemble thick marshmallow fluff.
  • Fold whites into batter in 3 additions.
  • Divide batter between prepared pans.
  • Bake until cakes are golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  • Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes.
  • Turn out onto racks, peel off parchment, and cool completely. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Wrap and store at room temperature.)
  • Frosting:
  • Combine 1/2 cup cream and saffron in small saucepan.
  • Bring to simmer.
  • Remove from heat; let steep 20 minutes.
  • Chill until cold.
  • Beat remaining 2 cups cream, powdered sugar, and rose water in large bowl until soft peaks form; blend in saffron cream.
  • Beat until peaks form.
  • Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter.
  • Spread 1 cup frosting over.
  • Top with second cake layer, flat side down.
  • Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  • Chill at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.
  • Garnish cake with rose petals and pistachios.
  • Adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2005.

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  • Zeenat79 4 years ago
    does anyone know where I can buy this cake from? any bakery???
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    jade2011 ate it and said...
    Sounds elegant,luscious,decadent and utterly complicated lol, the photo is breathtaking! oh you certainly have my 5.
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    minitindel ate it and said...
    wow how gorgeous is that i love it i want some now whaaaaaaa
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  • baker1313 8 years ago
    Wow I love recipes like this!! Tippy you have lots of winners-thanks for so much fun!! :o)
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    magali777 ate it and said...
    great post! thanks I've been looking for those rose petals!
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Oh Kath - how beautiful and delicious! I love this - thanks....

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    morninlite ate it and said...
    This is good. I bought rose water for Turkish Delight, and needed something else to use it in. Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    sounds fabulous!
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    " It was excellent "
    grizzlybear ate it and said...
    WOW.......looks it taste just as good.....well have to try some time......NiCE POST

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