Honey Yogurt Cake with a Scent of Cardamom


Persians' love affair with yogurt is no secret.  Most families including ours make homemade yogurt from organic whole milk, which is incredibly tasty. We always have a bowl of plain yogurt on the table no matter what food we serve. We also use yogurt as an ingredients to make rice, stews, soups, and of course my absolute favorite cucumber yogurt dip or Mast-o-Khiar.

We also use yogurt in pastries like Kolompeh, Qhotab, and different types of cakes. Use of yogurt in pastries generally makes a rich, dense, and chewy texture which I love. 

Key points: 

Use whole Greek yogurt, if you have a different type of yogurt that is fine too. Just place the yogurt in cheesecloth and squeez the access water, whey, out and use the remaining thick yogurt. 

The use of honey makes this cake lightly sweet, when biting into the cake, your palate will enjoy the aroma of cardamom and orange flavor rather than a bit of pure sugar.  

The texture of the cake is more dense and it's very similar to Clafoutis .

The best part about baking this cake is you can mix everything by hand and you don't need any machines. 

If you want to make your own yogurt, please check out the easy to follow and beautifully written yogurt recipe by amazing Naz from  the bottom of the pot .

You can watch me making this cake on my Instagram highlight


Honey Yogurt Cake with a Scent of Cardamom

Yeild: 2x 6" Cakes                                              Bake time: 45-50 minutes


  • 237g / 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 110g / 2/3 cup extra virgin organic olive oil, plus more for coating the pans

  • 199g / 2/3 cup organic honey

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest

  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom powder

  • 195g / 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

  • 2 tbsp rose petals


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F & grease two 6" cake pan with olive oil and cover with parchment paper

  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside

  3. In a large bowl mix the yogurt, olive oil, and honey together

  4. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition

  5. Add cardamom powder and orange zest & add the flour mix in three additions and mix well to incorporate

  6. Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans and sprinkle chopped pistachios & rose petals

  7. Place the pans on a baking tray and place on the middle rack of your oven

  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the tester comes out clean

  9. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, use a spatula to clear the sides of the pan and remove the cakes, let cool completely on a baking rack.

  10. To serve the cake, you can add a dollop of flavored yogurt on top & add some fresh fruits of your choice.


Hope you enjoy this recipe. 

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