I tried this cake for the first time at New Year’s Eve and was blown away. The cake is made with 100% semolina, no flour and special ingredients like cashews, pumpkin preserve, rose water, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, lime zest and vanilla. You can tell why this is really special!

I learned how to make this from Mallika Joseph – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b48AhcgiPho&t=522s Thank you Mallika!

Sri Lankan Love Cake

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  • 200 gms Semolina
  • 125 gms room temp unsalted Butter
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 6 Egg yolks with
  • 250 gms Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 200 gms broken Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp Rose Water
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom essence
  • 100 gms Pumpkin preserve
  • 1/4 tsp grated Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp grated Lime zest


  • Heat the semolina till it is warm and fragrant and then take off the heat for a few minutes
  • Add the butter and mix
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites till stiff and leave aside
  • In another bowl, cream the egg yolks and sugar till creamy
  • Fold in the semolina & butter mixture and fold
  • Add the honey, cashew nuts, cinnamon powder, vanilla & cardamom essence and rose water
  • Add the pumpkin preserve, grated nutmeg and lime zest
  • Fold everything together
  • Fold in the stiff egg whites
  • Scrape into a prepared pan and bake for 1 hr at 350 F
  • Halfway through cover with foil and continue baking