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Persian Love Cake and a contest!

Chocolate takes center stage during Valentine's Day, doesn't it?  If you want to skew more towards the exotic, how about serving Persian Love Cake?

This gorgeous cake uses cardamom and saffron, giving it a unique but delicious taste.  The historian in me (any excuse to use my dusty history degree) wants to know the story behind Persian Love Cake.  It sounds like it should have one, right?  Alas, Google is failing me.  So, feel free to make up your own story as to the origins of this delicious dessert.  In fact, I want to hear what you come up with - leave your tall tale in the comments!  Is it a princess in despair?  Is an arranged marriage involved?  How about a ransom?  Go crazy!

And just so all your creative energy is not for naught...

The author of the most elaborate story wins $10 in iTunes!

Fine print: Contest ends Friday January 22 at 8pm Central. US residents only. iTunes gift will be emailed. 

The contest is closed!  Winner will be announced on Monday, January 25.

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Reader Comments (6)

Mmmm... With apologies to Laura Esquivel: The heroine, a Persian seamstress, meets and falls madly in love with a handsome stranger. Her father disapproves and she's forbidden to see him again. They plan a secret elopement (well, what other kind is there), and she bakes a cake for their wedding dinner. All of her desperation and passion at not having seen him for months is channeled into the cake, and the magic of her emotion gives it an amazing, unique taste.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This recipe was handed down from generation to generation of women who wanted to make a man fall madly on love with them. At least for the night.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL

The most beautiful woman in all of Persia was courted by countless suitors, but none could pass her final test: Before she would accept a marriage proposal, she baked 101 different cakes, placed them all in the same room, and led her would-be groom, who had been blindfolded, into this room. The man who could, in his first try, find the only one of those 101 cakes that had been baked with love would win her hand in marriage. This is that cake.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlaaa

During the Safavid era, Jean-Baptiste Colbert was sent to Persia to strengthen the bond between Persia and France. Along his side was his wife Edith. It was said that she was one of the most beautiful woman any eyes laid on.

While the couple were at one of the many dinner parties, welcoming them to Persia, Edith met the Shah's son. A young boy of 18 years but exceeds all definitions of a man. He had piercing brown eyes she never saw before.

Edith knew that in Persia people never had baked desserts. She knew then what she has to do to lure the Shah's son into her resident. She invited him under the pretense of showing him what the French eat for dessert. Being the naive person he is he followed her blindly.

She gave him a piece of cake made with spices she bought from the market, the day before. She had heard that these local spices are used during wedding ceremonies in the couple's drinks to promote an endless night of love making on their first night. With her masterful baking techniques she was able to create a cake that no man can ever resist. She knew that once the Shah's son tastes it, he will forever belong to her. The Shah's son was very excited to try this magnificent looking cake that he has only seen in painting of the Europeans. As soon as he had his first bite he fell unconscious. Edith thought that she might have under estimated the power of her baked item. Unfortunately, the Shah's son was deathly allergic to saffron, one if the main ingredients in the cake.

Edith cursed the day she met the Shah's son, she found the one person she loved more than anything else but because of the blind love, she ended his life.

Edith's story became known all over France. Everyone wanted to try the Persian Love cake that Edith created. The Persian Love cake lost its unfortunate history and is now baked to celebrate the strong emotions between two lovers.

Be wary though, love *can* kill.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGo See It

The history of the Persian Love Cake dates back to 12th century Persia, when the Persian lands are about to be invaded by the blood-thirsty Mongols of the North. When the Persian tribes first get word that the Mongols are invading they decide to attempt to sway the Mongols with all of the exotic food and women that the tribes posses to avoid bloodshed. They decide that each tribe must create something different and must create enough to feed or sway the entire Mongol army.

The first tribe that the Mongols reach decided to make new knives since they were all expert blade makers. The Mongols decided that the knives needed to be tested so they tested them on the tribe. No one was spared.

The second tribe heard of the catastophe of the first tribe and decided that the best way would be to sway them with drink. They offered the Mongols barrels of the finest wine that they have created. The Mongols accepted and drank the barrels of wine. But drunked Mongols with new knives do not keep their word. No one was spared.

The third tribe just got some new women from some far off land and decided to offer them to the Mongols. There were not enough women to go around, so the ones left behind needed something to occupy their time and energy. No one was spared.

The fourth tribe did not know what to do. Gifts, wine, and women did not work. They could see the Mongols coming and they would be there by morning. An old women by the name of Layla left the tribe meeting early because she had an idea. The next morning the tribe was surrounded by Mongols and this little cake that smelled like heaven. The Mongols stopped and tried this cake that was spicy yet sweet and it reminded all of them of the sweet treats that their loving mothers used to make them when they were children. Everyone was spared.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsa

It looks absolutely beautiful !!!!

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnon

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