Apricot Almond Cake with Rosewater and Cardamom: This is my idea of a perfect cake: simple, beautiful, fragrant and beguiling. This is invitingly easy to make, and while I love the poetry of its ingredients, the cake doesn’t overwhelm with its Thousand-and-One-Nights scent. Rosewater can be a tricky ingredient: a little, and it’s all exotic promise; a fraction too much and we’re in bubblebath territory.
This cake is light, buttery rich and pillowy soft and the flavour, which comes from ground almonds, fresh lemon zest and pure vanilla, is just delightful. Throw a handful of cherries and apricots on top, drizzle with honey and you’ve got yourself a jewel studded beauty!