Rose Ring Cake

Rosewater Cake

Many of you have asked for the recipe of the cake I made in my workshop at A Taste of Persia Festival this weekend. The recipe first appeared in The Globe and Mail on December 1, 2015. (The recipes in the Globe are always in Imperial units; i.e., cups). Here is the link to the piece I wrote. The recipe is below.

Rose Ring Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 medium eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp rosewater
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8-cup ring or bundt pan.

In the bowl of a food mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until lighter in colour and slightly increased in volume, about 4 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time, beating each addition until fully incorporated.

Alternate dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, sea salt) and wet ingredients (buttermilk and rosewater) into creamed mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Mix until well combined or finish gently by hand.

Transfer batter to pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Oven temperatures can vary, so check with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.

Invert from pan once cake has cooled. Dust with icing sugar and adorn with rose petals.

Spice Spoon at A Taste of Persia Festival


Hello, everyone. This weekend, on Saturday, I will be at A Taste of Persia Festival, in partnership with the City of Toronto and Aga Khan Museum. It has been organized by the Culinary Historians of Canada and I am really looking forward to seeing many of your familiar faces there. I’ll be speaking about my memories of my paternal grandmother and how it ties me to Persian food and I will also be conducting a workshop, making my Rose Ring Cake. See you all there. The full programme link is here.


Rosewater Cake

Spice Spoon on The Pool – An Easy Pakistani-Style Brunch Dish

Shayma Saadat The Pool1

Hello all – today I have written a piece for The Pool – The Pool makes interesting, inspiring, original content for busy women. Preparing brunch can seem daunting to many – but it need not be – here is the link to the post on The Pool’s website. Have a lovely weekend x

Shayma Saadat The Pool2

Spice Spoon in OK! Magazine – December/January 2016

Hello – Wishing you all a very Happy 2016. I’ve been away from my blog for a while, and I apologise for that. Thank you for all your comments and emails while I have been away. I plan to start this year off with a chocolate cake recipe – it will be posted here, soon.

In the meanwhile, I wanted to share my OK! Magazine interview with you. It’s on the newsstands now, in Pakistan and Dubai. Zain took these portraits of me – in -1C temperature. It was about to rain and we had to move fast. Imagine trying to do that with a three-year-old running around. But it worked – we bribed him with a croissant and strapped him into his stroller (which he normally refuses to sit in). Here is the interview, below, I hope you enjoy reading it.

Shayma Saadat OK! Magazine