Oriental Cake without Sugar


Today I share my recipe for a really nice oriental cake. It’s the first time I didn’t use any  sugar for a cake recipe so I was a little afraid that it wouldn’t taste well (as it was for a birthday, too bad that it’s never possible to try cakes before you give them away, that would make it less stressful hahaha). But actually, it was a big success! Everybody of the guests loved it and I got loads of compliments for it! The only shortcoming is maybe that the ingredients are a bit expensive, but it is definitely worth it!

I think with 2 tablespoons of honey the cake is sweet enough as the dates are also really sweet, maybe it even works with no honey at all. But of course you can also add more honey if you like it more sweet…





Ingredients (for a 22 cm pan):

  • 180g flour
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 120g grounded almonds
  • 50g chopped pistachios
  • 1 sachet of baking powder
  • 200g fresh dates
  • 180ml of black ceylon tea (made with 2 teabags)
  • juice of half orange
  • 2 teaspoons of grounded cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grounded cloves
  • a pinch of aniseed

yoghurt frosting:

  • 150g joghurt
  • 50g quark
  • 1,5 Spoons of vanilla pudding powder (or starch)
  • 20g of honey
  • pinch of cinnamon


  • 1/2 fresh fig
  • 10g chopped pistachios
  • 3 stars of anis
  • cinnamon

Butter a 22 cm pan. Prepare the tea with boiling water just as a normal tea, but useimg_20160909_174308_256-1 2 tea bags to make the taste stronger. Chop the pistachios and the dates into small pieces .
Then beat the eggs with a pinch of salt until they get foamy. Juice the orange (if you have an organic orange you can also use the peel and add it to the dough). Add the liquid ingredients (oil,m tea and orange juice – in total it should not be more than 400 ml ) to the eggs and mix well with an egg whisk. Mix flour, baking powder, spices and grounded almonds and gently combine with the liquid mix. Fold in pistachios, dates and honey. Fill the cake evenly in the pan (I covered the outside pan with a kitchen towel, so the cake will rise more evenly). Bake in the preheated oven in 180 °C for around 45 minutes. Cover with tin foil after 30 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it cool down.

To Prepare the frosting, just combine the ingredients until the mass is even. Spread evenly onto the cake. Decorate the cake as you like. I chopped some more pistachios and sprinkled them over the cake. Then I placed 3 anis stars in the middle and decorated the rest with a sliced fig. In the end I added some cinnamon powder. Enjoy! ♥




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