saffron cupcake

Saffron cupcake recipe

Saffron, the worlds most costly spice can be found in all Persian kitchens. Saffron adds lots of flavor and taste and a rich golden color to different Persian desserts and dishes. This spice is one of the main ingredients of many traditional Persian desserts such as Persian pudding, halva, saffron cookies and saffron cupcakes. There are different recipes for each of these desserts when below we have one of the most original Saffron cupcake recipe.

In fact Saffron cupcake is one of the most delicious desserts suitable for different occasions such as parties, corporate events, wedding ceremonies and even leaving a memory with a love one having an afternoon tea.

There are many different saffron cupcake recipes. Most of these cupcakes are with butter cream frosting and some have vanilla in the batter. Although the butter cream is delicious and to some extent is one of the major elements of a cupcake but I came across a very good feedback from some customers last December. Since that time I changed my cupcake recipe for saffron cupcakes.

How I came to this recipe

We were in Adelaide main Central Market for nearly a month with beginning of our business while I was just trying to test the acceptance of the products by customers. It was in fact a research purpose with this practice. I just started using a thin layer of saffron icing sugar instead of butter cream and it was all it. Every single person who either bought that saffron cupcake or just had a sample taste were amazingly loved it. Some were saying if the aroma of saffron was stronger, some were saying if the taste was richer and stronger. Few people were asking if we have used any specific saffron.

saffron cupcake recipe
Saffron cupcake with thin layer sugar icing

With my saffron cupcake recipe you can have a strong exotic flavor and a gorgeous golden colored.

Saffron cupcake
Saffron cupcake

Cupcake recipe, Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Rosewater
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp saffron syrup

Preparation will be as below

First mix sugar and oil together and beat for 5 minutes, Add eggs one at a time and then add the saffron syrup to the mixture, Add yogurt and rosewater and finally add dry ingredients, bake at 180˚C for 15 minutes or when a cake tester comes out clean

Bake cupcakes

Persian saffron cookie recipe

Cookie recipe

Whether you want a sweet treat for special celebrations, a mid-day snack, or a goodie, you can choose cookies. Cookies are known for thousands of years and the ones that we know today are modified cookie recipe and techniques created in the middle ages.
In today cookie recipes batter or dough are similar to some types of cake batters. A cookie is a smaller however a dryer version of a cake and the main difference is the amount of liquid used in the recipe. It can be soft, chewy, hard, brittle, light or dense. As a result of this in most cookie recipes base ingredients of the cookies are butter, sugar, egg, flour and inclusions. In baking cookies inclusions are nuts, chocolate chips, oats, nuts and dried fruits. In Persian cookies, adding Persian inclusions such as rosewater, cardamom and saffron makes Persian traditional cookies more delicious and flavorful.

Persian Saffron Cookie
Persian Saffron Cookie

A week before new year (Norouz) Iranian prepare and bake lots of different traditional cookies to share with loved ones.

Persian Saffron Cookie Recipes

One of the most delicious Persian cookies is saffron cardamom cookie which is an amazing combination of Persian flavors. To prepare this delicious cookie you need to follow my traditional cookie recipes. Be sure this cookie will become you lifetime friend.

– 100g Room temperature unsalted butter
– 25g Vegetable oil
– 60 g Icing sugar
– 1/4 tsp Ground cardamom
– 1/2 tsp Saffron syrup
– 30 g Corn starch
– 1 Egg yolk
– 155g Flour

Beat butter and icing sugar till creamy, add vegetable oil and mix well. Add egg yolk, cardamom and saffron syrup and mix it for another minute. Finally add mixture of flour and corn starch. Split the dough into 15 gram units, shape them in circles and put them on the baking trays. Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C degrees. Add almond flakes, pistachio or sesame on top of each cookie and bake for 10 minutes.
Enjoy it.