This recipe has been in my folder for many years. And it has been on my all-time favorites baking to-do list since then. The moment has finally arrived! And voila’! Here it is. Nutty, moist and chocolaty.
It reminds me of the time my girlfriends and I used to spend together. This is the cake that my Moroccan friend used to make for us. That final rosewater touch was the cherry on the cake! Indescribably delicious. And talking about cherries on the cake.. She actually did add cherries to this cake.
I decided to vary this one a little bit. So I went ahead and left the cherries out, and added dried rose petals instead. What I particularly love about this cake is that it is already moist, even before you sprinkle the rosewater syrup on top. This one is a must-try. Scout’s honor!
- 150 g / 5¼ oz of flour
- 200 g / 7 oz of sugar
- 200 g / 7 oz of almonds, ground
- 200 g / 7 oz of butter or margarine, softened
- 100 g / 3½ oz of chocolate chips
- 6 eggs
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
- 1 package of baking powder (approx. 1 tbsp)
- a pinch of salt
- approx. ¼ of a medium-sized glass of milk
- edible dried rose petals (optional, to sprinkle on top)
- ¼l / 8½fl oz of water
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tbsp of rosewater
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F.
- Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Spoon the batter into previously greased and floured mini bundt cake pans.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- In the meantime combine the water and sugar in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Set aside and let it cool off. Stir in the rosewater.
- Take the cakes out of the oven when done (as soon as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
- Let it coll off a little. Then invert it onto a rack.
- Sprinkle the top with rosewater.
- Alternatively you can turn the mini bundt cakes into one cake, by using a regular sized baking pan. In that case the baking time will be approx. 45-50 minutes. After 25-30 minutes cover the cake with aluminium foil (in order to avoid that it dries out too much) and keep baking until done.