Rose Water Cake

The first time I made this rose water cake I was not really happy with the result. This was two years ago, and it took until now for me to bake it again. This time it was really good, and so now I am ready to share the recipe with you.

Rose Water Cake
Rose Water Cake
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When Dave bought his motorbike, he asked a third party to handle the change of ownership for him. She was doing all his license renewals and so he sent the business her way. Last year he asked me if I wanted to take this over, and earn the commission. As car license renewals are so easy to do online, I said yes. He was under the impression that the bike had been licenced in the business name, as this is what he requested. I went into the portal to do the renewal, submitting all the documents needed for a business renewal. At the same time I requested a change of address. After submitting all the forms, neither Dave nor I heard back from them. Not only had the license expired, the grace period was over.

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Dave uses the bike to get to and from work each day so I sent my driver down to the Municipality to do the renewal. I gave him the change of address form, the old license form, and the business registration document. He came back stating he needed a letter and a copy of Dave’s ID, which I gave him. He was then sent back to get a copy of the CK document. All this running up and down, only to discover the bike is in his personal name. And the letter needed to be from him and not his company! Luckily the person at the counter realized it could be ‘overlooked’ this time and gave Phillip the disc. And at the end of the year I can apply online and the disc will be posted to our home address. Can you renew your car license online?

Rose Water Cake


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Rose Water Cake

This cake can be left without any topping as it is perfect as is
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 cake
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the cake

  • 200 g salted butter, softened
  • 150 g xylitol
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 mls rose water
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 215 g almond flour
  • 100 g flour, sifted
  • 5 mls baking powder
  • 2.5 mls ground cardamom

for the syrup

  • 80 g honey
  • 80 mls water
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 10 threads saffron


for the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 170° Celsius
  • Place the butter and fructose into a stand mixer bowl and cream using a paddle beater
  • Leave the motor running on slow and add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated *
  • Add the rose water, lemon juice and zest and mix to combine
  • Place the flours, baking powder and cardamom into a mixing bowl and whisk gently by hand to combine
  • Pour into the wet mixture and use a spatula to combine
  • Pour into a 20cm loose bottomed, lined baking tin
  • Place into the oven and bake for 60 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes

for the syrup

  • While the cake is baking place the honey, water, lemon juice and saffron into a small saucepan
  • Bring to a simmer over a low temperature and leave to thicken while the cake bakes and cools
  • Once the cake has cooled poke holes in it, making sure not to go right to the bottom and pour the syrup over the cake
  • Leave the cake to cool completely before turning out


* the mixture may look likes it has curdled but do not worry, it will come together when you add the flour.
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12 thoughts on “Rose Water Cake

  1. hi Tandy
    your cake looks lovely and sounds delicious. I love rose water and cardamom and saffron! Just a bit confused by the car licence stuff – do you mean the car rego. or a personal driver’s licence? We can do it all online! And I don’t know what you mean by the commission? Also, just wondering – and I’m not being rude – just curious. Google says South African English uses ‘licence’ with a c …

    1. I meant the car registration. The personal drivers licence cannot be done online as we have an eye test to complete. And we have to go every 5 years, but from the end of this year they are changing it to ten. Yes, we do use the C for licence, but I think my Google spell check is in American English and I just swap between the two. The commission is what Dave paid the other lady to do the renewals. So I earned a little bit of cash for doing the work 🙂

  2. OMG Tandy- I love the sound and look of this cake. Rose water is one of my favorite flavors; cardamom is my second favorite! This can easily be made gluten-free and I can’t wait to try it.

  3. What a lovely cake, Tandy! Rose water lends such a wonderful fragrance to dishes, doesn’t it?

    And yes, we can renew car registrations (as well as driver’s licenses) online here. Thank goodness because a trip to the MVA is usually a nightmare!

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