We are travelling to the Middle East for this month’s ‘Home Baker’s Challenge‘. Rafeeda, our lovely host for this month gave us some delicious sweet and savory dishes from Arabia to choose from. Since my family loves sweets, I made a deliciously sweet Arabic cake.
I wanted to bake this cake last month itself, but I ran out of dates and the whole month passed by before I realized it was the deadline to post for the event. So I rushed and bought some dates and made this cake last night. My husband who has a very big sweet tooth, absolutely LOVED it. It was a little too sweet for me, since it has all the sugars you can possibly think of. May be next time I cut down on the other sugars and use only honey.
The base or the cake portion of the cake is partially baked first, then the sugar syrup is poured on top and it goes back into the oven to finish baking. I was in a hurry and I poured my syrup too fast on the no-quite set cake and the syrup broke the top of the cake. It tasted just fine after baking, but had a big lump/ crater in the middle. So be very gentle and pour the syrup from the sides of the pan and not in the middle.
Recipe adapted from here: