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Almond and Rose Basbousa Style Cake Recipe

Almond and Rose Basbousa Style Cake

Almond and rose water combine perfectly in these light and fluffy Basbousa style cakes.

Prep Time: 25 MIN
Total Time: 2 HR 30 MIN
Servings: 16


1 box (500g) Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ White Cake Mix

80ml   vegetable oil

275ml water

3 egg  whites

150g   ground almonds

100g   granulated sugar

3 tablespoon water

1/2 teaspoon rose water

1 sachet (35g) Betty Crocker™ Homestyle Whipping Cream Mix
115ml  Cold milk

16 blanched almonds, roasted


23cm square cake pan
Electric mixer or whisk
Large bowl
Cooling rack
Small pan
Wooden spoon
Medium bowl
Decorating bag
Star tip

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 23cm square cake pan with butter; lightly sprinkle with flour.
  2. Beat cake mix, oil, 275ml water and egg whites in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Fold in ground almonds with large spoon, then pour into pan
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove to cooling rack positioned over plate.
  4. Heat sugar and 3 tablespoons water in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Heat to boiling; cook 2 minutes, then stir in rose water. Remove from heat. Pierce cake all over with toothpick, then slowly pour over or brush with sugar syrup. Cool completely on rack.
  5. Beat whipping cream mix and cold milk in medium bowl as directed on package. Spoon into decorating bag fitted with star tip.
  6. Cut cake into squares; top each serving with a roasted almond. Top with whipped cream.

Rose water can be stronger or weaker in different products. Start with a little in the sugar syrup, then increase if you find you would like it stronger. Serve alongside some fruit of your choice.

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