ffwD: Ispahan Loaf Cake


I’ve been looking forward to making this week’s assignment for awhile now because of its odd name and because I’ve never baked with rose syrup or rose extract. Like some Doristas, I had to purchase the syrup and extract from Amazon.com, and surprisingly enough, after perusing all the possible options for rose syrup, I ended up buying the Monin brand Dorie suggested without even realizing it! I also found a set of three rose extract bottles for roughly the same price as one bottle of a comparable brand. To top off what seemed like fate in making this cake, I was offered yet another free 30-day Amazon Prime trial membership, so I was able to get my syrup and extract in two days without paying extra.

I guess I was too excited about my luck with the rose syrup and rose extract that I neglected to read the recipe all the way through. When I saw a “pint of raspberries”, I naturally assumed it was for garnish and didn’t bother to notice the instructions stating they were for the batter. So, I actually made a raspberry-free Ispahan loaf cake first. I brought a slice for my friend to try, and she said it needed the raspberries.

So, the next night, I properly incorporated the berries, but my berries got a bit smushed during baking. I think two factors contributed to this: first, that I didn’t whip the egg whites long enough or that I let the aerated whites fall during the batter folding process, thus not allowing the cake to rise as much to give the berries room. Or, second, that after each layer of batter was added on top of the berries, I attempted to smooth out the top layer thus pressing the berries down further into the bottom layer.

Regardless of my “sinking” raspberries, I think the cake turned out pretty well. It smelled amazing anyway. Again, I haven’t tasted it because I’ve got two more days on my cleanse, but I have several slices ready to go come Monday morning. And, yes, I’m going to have Ispahan loaf cake for breakfast Monday morning.

This Ispahan loaf cake was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

87 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ei
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:17:32

    Your berries actually look less smooshed than mine. I thought they just lost their shape after expelling juices into the cake. Beats me! Hope you enjoy your cake on monday! It’ll probably taste even better after not having sweets for your cleanse.

  2. Karen
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:21:33

    I think that your Ispahan cake looks lovely and I’m sure it tastes delcious.

  3. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:22:30

    I think everyone’s berries got smooshed to some extent… Good for you for finishing your cleanse and wha a nice treat for MOnday!

  4. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:25:34

    Impressive will power, my friend! Beautifully done…I think you’ll like this one πŸ™‚

  5. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:32:55

    Sounds very exotic, and looks delicious. I’m not a fan of rose water or syrup, but this recipe does sound very good.

  6. SandraM
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:36:54

    Your cake looks really good. Love the raspberries in there. And congrats on the cleanse. You must feel like a million bucks! πŸ™‚

  7. kitchen flavours
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:46:58

    That is one beautiful looking loaf! Love the raspberries! Hope you enjoy them come Monday!

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 06:55:48

    Though I agree itΒ΄s worth making it again, kudos to you! YouΒ΄ll realize you donΒ΄t have sinking berries when you see my pic. Hope you like it!

  9. chef mimi
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 07:30:59

    This cake looks beautiful and very girly! It would be great for tea!

  10. Anne Marie
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 07:43:46

    Looks delicious. Hope you like it on Monday

  11. thekalechronicles
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 07:48:25

    Hard to go wrong with fresh raspberries, smushed or otherwise.

  12. Mary
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 08:47:55

    It’s easy to smoosh raspberries – although they look great in the picture! sounds like a lovely cake :))
    Mary x

  13. markd60
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 08:55:23

    Looks good, I just quickly scanned down to where you say you didn’t eat any again.
    This must be some sort of crime πŸ™‚

  14. Karen
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 10:20:08

    Even if the raspberries sank your cake still looks delicious! I am sure it will be tasty! good luck on the rest of your cleanse!

  15. Krissy
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 11:13:32

    Looks delish! What a lovely treat to look forward to as you end your cleanse…good for you…I should do the same.

  16. Sara
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 11:13:36

    This cake will be awesome for breakfast! πŸ˜‰ It is as delicious as it looks/smells. Even with the smushed raspberries, yours looks terrific! Enjoy!

  17. tastytreats13
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 11:22:06

    Mm I love raspberries! Looks good!

  18. Cher
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 12:47:25

    Wow – still on the cleanse? I am still impressed.
    Your cake looks great – hopefully you will get to try some soon.

  19. I Wilkerson
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 13:07:32

    Those raspberries look very reasonably centered if you ask me!

  20. Promenade Claire
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 13:43:09

    It looks and sounds delicious – no sinking feeling here! and I know what you mean about cooking with rose water, it’s not something I get to try often, but adds such a delicate flavour.

  21. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 14:29:01

    i’ve been try out and the raspberry is drawn in the bottom of the cake…
    i’m jealous with yours…

  22. @SimpleLivngEat
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 14:47:06

    It looks like it came out fantastic. Wow, you have willpower. How you baked 2 cakes and didn’t eat either one of them… amazing.

  23. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:14:39

    Looks perfect to me! Very pretty. πŸ™‚

  24. Geni
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:29:00

    This looks totally heavenly! I think the addition of the raspberries was definitely the winning factor!

  25. TrafficDiva
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 17:14:38

    Well…I must say that the Afternoon Drive Team loved, Loved, LOVED this cake w/o the “sinking berries”…but then again, anything you bake is devoured on site!! LOL!!

    Thanks again for the Ohhh-Soooo-TastyTreats!!! =)

  26. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 17:39:38

    Yur Ispahan cake looks delicious, I like cakes with fruits πŸ™‚

  27. Norma Chang
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 18:43:52

    Beautiful looking cake. I would love a slice with my coffee.

  28. Suzanne
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 19:11:11

    The cake looks wonderful and your raspberries look perfectly spaced, if they sunk it’s not apparent at all, I really love the rose syrup in this cake.

  29. Elaine
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 19:22:22

    Your slices look really pretty. I am anxious to hear how you like it…I was disappointed with it and really wanted to like this one.

  30. Balvinder
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:15:25

    The berry loaf cake looks delicious!

  31. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 20:53:42

    Looks gorgeous and I would hide this little temptation in the freezer until you are done with your cleanse because otherwise your family won’t leave you one little bite.

  32. betsy
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 21:00:07

    I think the raspberries just natural smoosh in the oven. Notice that Dorie didn’t include a photo of this one. Her raspberries probably smooshed too. Hope you enjoy this one on Monday.

  33. moderngirlnutrition
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 22:01:37

    Love the fresh raspberries in there! Such a good addition πŸ™‚

  34. Betty
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 22:45:43

    Smooshed raspberries or not, this looks really good! πŸ™‚

  35. Jenn and Seth
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 22:52:20

    it looks so super moist and delicious!

  36. kitchen therapy
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 00:12:52

    I love the colours in your cake!
    I loved this and wouldn’t have minded it without the berries, I liked it that much!

  37. Cakelaw
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 02:00:02

    Enjoy your brekky on Monday – I am sure you’ll love it.

  38. Constance Ant
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 08:37:28

    wow another lovely cake you baked!

  39. rondamkisner
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 09:07:11

    I am sure the raspberries where tasty no matter where they ended up! Looks so pretty!

  40. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 10:59:20

    That’s so pretty. I bet it’s equally tasty.

  41. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 14:19:20

    Today is day one of my cleanse – I’m kind of scared. Your cake looks beautiful!

  42. nana
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 14:49:05

    I love a deal like that from Amazon, it makes you feel good. Your cake looks
    so delicious and I give you credit for your willpower. Enjoy this Monday morning.

  43. Deepti
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 15:51:24

    Well its happened many times with me too:) I start baking or cooking without reading the whole recipe! Loaf cake looks yummy! and great amazon deal.

  44. The Squishy Monster
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 16:11:53

    I adore how beautifully studded this loaf is!

  45. The Sketched Chef
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 16:22:44

    That kind of things happen with me too very often.
    The cake looks amazing πŸ™‚

  46. jessica
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 03:49:34

    mm looks delicious!


  47. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 06:30:02

    This looks really pretty and the color makes me think of spring!

  48. Karen Xavier
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 10:11:15

    These look wonderful, doesn’t look like the raspberries sank… my heart sank seeing this, as I couldn’t reach in a grab a piece.

  49. Three Well Beings
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 10:31:18

    You “Doristas” are really fun! I am finding Amazon more and more convenient, too, for items I just can’t get anywhere else, and then the pricing is so excellent! I can’t imagine anything not being fabulous with that many raspberries. I was at the Farmer’s Market yesterday and could have bought some! Isaphan is an odd name, isn’t it. At some point I must get Dorie’s cookbook. I am getting more and more curious! πŸ™‚

  50. Ameena
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 11:01:07

    Talk about dedication…ordering baking items from Amazon.com! I’m in awe…I won’t even take a special 5 minute trip to Trader Joe’s when I’m missing an ingredient. I just throw in the towel. πŸ™‚

  51. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 11:27:28

    Beautiful job. The cake looks delicious!

  52. Beth
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 12:24:57

    I think your loaf cake looks absolutely beautiful! Hope you like the taste, too.

  53. Melolimparfaite
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 19:42:12

    That looks just absolutely delicious !

  54. rebeccasubbiah
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 22:16:59

    love your passion πŸ™‚

  55. Tandy
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 23:03:15

    I love the name! Enjoy every bite of the cake, it looks fantastic πŸ™‚ and, a light dusting of flour helps with preventing the fruit from sinking.

  56. kale
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 01:21:04

    I did purchase rose syrup once, and used it in cupcakes, which were delish! but then I had no idea what to do with the remaining 88% of the bottle…
    why are raspberries SO delicious?!? they just are. I know. πŸ™‚

  57. rsmacaalay
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 02:05:17

    I love how this turned out, looks moist and yummy!

  58. Adriana @ GreatFood360Β°
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 04:49:39

    I had the same problem with the egg whites as you did. Based on what I’ve read from everyone else’s posts, maybe I didn’t do half bad (or maybe my expectations were lower). I hope it is a hit today!

  59. Natalie
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 08:40:04

    Very lovely! I love all the vibrant raspberries in it, yumm!!

  60. Tasha @ Homemade
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 11:26:29

    Still looks pretty great to me, smushed or not πŸ™‚ The raspberries make it so lovely and springy πŸ˜‰

  61. Daniela
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 17:11:53

    The Ispahan Loaf Cake ( love the name πŸ™‚ ) looks fantastic to me and I’m sure the rose syrup gives it the heavenly touch!
    Great recipe.

  62. Juliana
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 17:13:39

    Ispahan loaf cake? First time that I heard of this name…and the cake looks so cute…love color of the berries in it…and rose water/syrup in it must be so fragrant…
    Enjoy your week πŸ™‚

  63. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 18:35:50

    I love anything with fresh raspberries! Looks great!

  64. tracy
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 18:49:02

    This looks so incredibly delicious. I love almost anything with berries in it.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  65. Andrea
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 19:58:37

    Cake looks fab!

  66. Sara
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 21:13:34

    I’m glad you have something fun for when your cleanse is done! πŸ™‚ This looks fantastic!!

  67. Libby
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 00:51:14

    My mother loves cooking with rose and berries – this will certainly appease her!

  68. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 01:46:34

    So impressed by your being able to save it till after the cleanse! I hope you enjoyed it yesterday as it looks so good, squashed raspberries or not! I think I’d rather have them squashed in a cake anyway πŸ™‚

  69. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 13:06:39

    Love the color from the berries!

  70. Dara
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 13:34:21

    What a gorgeous cake! I love raspberries, even sunken. I’ve never cooked with rose syrup before. Definitely an Amazon buy.

  71. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 22:29:05

    its just beautiful- almost too pretty to eat! ALMOST:)

  72. My Kitchen Stories
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 05:58:58

    You go girl, I cant wait to hear what you think of your loaf

  73. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 10:04:51

    Beautiful and delicious!

  74. Mary Frances
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:38:36

    They look about as smooshed as you might expect – a beautiful and delicious looking cake!

  75. Zoe
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:28:38

    β€œsinking” raspberries? Not really to me. I think that your loaf look very pretty.

  76. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 17:34:26

    Is it tea time yet? I’d make an excellent tea for this beautiful cake!

  77. mysfkitchen
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 18:49:26

    I just love the colors of the cake! It looks so moist and delicious.

  78. Maureen
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 04:21:40

    I had no idea what this was before I got here but now I’ll never forget it. It’s a gorgeous Easter surprise πŸ™‚

  79. Chef Randall
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:13:07

    What a delectable looking dessert, yummy.

    I have my own website now at http://www.savorthefood.com. Your invited to check it out. Our blog is Fun with Food. πŸ™‚

    Chef Randall

  80. Zen and Genki
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:33:12

    What a beautiful, spring-perfect cake! (Note to self….go find something to munch on right now…. :))

  81. hotlyspiced
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 02:03:50

    I love the look of your cake and I don’t think the raspberries sank too much. It looks very pretty. Happy Easter xx

  82. Ms Jelena
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 20:15:48

    YUM!! SO delicious!

  83. Amelia
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 09:17:37

    YUMMY, this loaf look awesome. Best regards.

  84. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 07:17:46

    Your cake looks absolutely delicious!

  85. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 13:22:49

    I think your cake looks perfect, and I’d love to have a slice!

  86. Meenakshi
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 07:57:37

    Doesn’t matter if the berries got a little smushed- the cake looks great! I love the name- ispahan. I have never baked with rose essence or syrup before! The recipe looks interesting.

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