Baklava Inspired Cake

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I have always loved Baklava but have not been able to eat it since I went gluten free about 12 years ago due to health reasons. Since I can’t eat Baklava because of the pastry, I thought why not get creative and make a baklava inspired gluten free cake. But you can make it no gluten free.

I have made this twice now and it’s been such a hit. So please go ahead and try it and let me know how you like it.

I used the Nordic Ware Charlotte Cake Pan which looks like you have carefully arranged ladyfinger biscuits. The space in the middle allows you get to creative and I thought this would be perfect for this fusion cake.

Remember that a little Rose water and Orange Blossom water go a long way so be sure not to add too much of either. I ordered them both on amazon (pictures below).

Honestly the recipe looks more complicated than it is.. so don’t get intimidated and just go for it!

Baklava Inspired Cake

Fusion Cake
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: baklava, greek, iranian, turkish
Author: RGK/FootprintTheWorld


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp finely ground cardamom powder
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 tbsp oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup Coarsely chopped pistachios

Milk To Soak Cake

  • ¼ cup milk or almond milk
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • drop Rose water ( remember a little goes a long way)

Baklava Topping

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • cup honey
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp edible rose petals


  • Preheat oven to 300° F. Grease cake pan
  • Lets bake the cake first and then while its baking we will make the baklava topping
  • With a hand mixer whisk together oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs (one at a time), and vanilla extract mixing until incorporated
  • Add all the dry ingredients(flour/baking powder/ saffron/pistachios) and mix thoroughly
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Lightly bang the pan on the counter to evenly spread the batter.
  • Bake at 300° for 35/40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (make sure to test the center) as oven temps vary
  • The cake should be lightly golden brown
  • Remove the cake pan and place on a cake board/serving platter

Sprinkle the cake with the milk mixture and let it soak in

    MAKING Baklava Topping

    • Pulse the nuts, in a ninja and set aside
    • Add cinnamon & cardamom powder to the nuts mix
    • Add the honey, rose water and orange blossom water to the mix with a spoon
    • Taste and add more honey as needed.

    Decorate the cake with the baklava topping and rose petals. Get creative

      As always have FUN IN YOUR KITCHEN as every creation is your very own, and one of its kind masterpieces.

      This is my creation that I am sharing. If you try the recipe, do tag me on Instagram – Footprint The World and add the tag #footprinttheworld as it’s always so fun to see the different variations.

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