Mini but mighty, these rich, Middle Eastern-inspired rings are made with half flour, half ground pistachios (for a vivid-green color, seek out the blanched Sicilian variety), and flavored with pistachio extract and aromatic orange-flower water. While optional, chopped nuts and rose petals are the classic toppings on a Persian love cake and make for an extra pretty presentation. 

Martha Stewart Living, May 2020


Credit: Marcus Nilsson

Recipe Summary

40 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Makes 6


Orange-Flower-Water Glaze


Instructions Checklist
  • For the Cake: Preheat oven to 325°F with a rack in center. Brush the hollows of a mini Bundt pan with butter. Dust with flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together egg and yolk, milk, nut extract, and orange‐flower water.

  • Pulse pistachios in a food processor until finely ground. Add confectioners' sugar; pulse to combine. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and add flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat on low speed to combine.

  • Continue beating while gradually adding butter until mixture is crumbly, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add half of milk mixture; increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add remaining milk mixture and beat, scraping down bowl as needed, until incorporated, about 15 seconds.

  • Divide batter evenly among hollows of prepared pan (using a piping bag fitted with a coupler or a plain large tip makes neat work of this). Bake until tops are light golden and spring back when lightly touched, about 30 minutes.

  • Let cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack and let cool completely, about 30 minutes. (Cakes can be stored unglazed, wrapped in plastic, at room temperature up to 2 days.)

  • For the Glaze: Whisk milk into sugar until mixture has the consistency of thick white glue. Stir in orange‐flower water. Glaze can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

  • Spoon glaze over tops of cakes, allowing it to drip down sides. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and rose petals; let stand until set, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

To blanch pistachios, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pistachios and return to a boil; drain. Rub skins to remove. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and let dry completely, at least eight hours, or dry in a 200°F oven for one to two hours.