Pistachio & Rose Cake Recipe by Sarabeth Levine, from Sarabeth’s

About the Chef

Sarabeth Levine is a multi-award winning restauranteur, artisanal baker and jam maker, cookbook author and winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year” award. In 2015, she received an Honorary Doctorate at LIU – Post University for her remarkable achievements. Sarabeth first began her business in 1981 making her family’s unique 200-year-old heirloom recipe for Orange Apricot Marmalade at her apartment in New York City. Today, Sarabeth and her husband, Bill Levine operate a 15,000 s.f. jam manufacturing facility, a 4400 s.f. wholesale bakery, cafè and retail shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market with 20 successful Sarabeth’s around the world.


Makes: 8 servings
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours


For Sponge:

  1. 340gm butter
  2. 340gm castor sugar
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 110gm pistachio powder
  5. 220 gm self-rising flour

For Rose Icing:

  1. 350gm butter
  2. 350gm icing sugar
  3. 30gm rose syrup

For Garnish:

  1. 20gm sliced pistachio
  2. 5gm dry rose petals
  3. 150gm kunafa


  1. Pre heat oven to 180°C
  2. To make the sponge, place the butter and sugar in a bowl using a mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating gently until combined
  3. Add pistachio powder and flour, mix until well combined
  4. Transfer the mixture in a round cake ring and bake it at 180°C for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool until it reaches room temperature.
  5. For rose icing, beat butter, icing sugar and rose syrup in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy
  6. Roast kunafa in the oven at 180°C for 8 minutes or until golden. Keep aside.
  7. Cut the sponge into three layers, topping each layer with rose icing and placing the next one on top. Sprinkle the roasted kunafa to coat the cake evenly from all sides
  8. Garnish with sliced pistachio and dry rose petals.

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