Rosewater drizzle cake recipe

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Rosewater drizzle cake is light and elegant, but very simple to make and topped with pretty icing, pistachios and edible rose petals

Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 25 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This rosewater drizzle cake is light and elegant, but very simple to make.

Rosewater drizzle cake is delicately flavoured and topped with pretty icing, pistachios, and edible rose petals for a beautiful bake. For the best results, we've suggested following our classic lemon drizzle cake (opens in new tab) recipe but swapping the lemon zest for 1tsp of vanilla extract. Once cooked, allow it to cool completely before decorating.


For the drizzle cake:

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 level tsp baking powder

For the drizzle:

  • 90g granulated sugar
  • 45ml water
  • 4-5 drops rosewater

For the decoration:

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 3tsp water
  • drop of rose food colour
  • 25g pistachios, chopped
  • rose petals
  • pink sugar crystals




  1. Follow our lemon drizzle cake recipe (opens in new tab) to the end of step 2, swapping the lemon zest for 1tsp of vanilla extract.
  2. For the drizzle: Bring the sugar and water to the boil until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir through the rosewater. Pour over the hot cake and allow to soak in, still in the tin. Allow to cool and remove from the tin.
  3. For the decoration: In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, water, and rose colouring. Drizzle over the cake and decorate with the remaining ingredients.

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