Is it just me or did March just flew by? It has been a crazy month here. Weather here in Kuwait has been changing from cold, to hot, to cold and now its hot again! Mother’s day also came by on the 21st , and I made myself an extravagant rose cake. this cake was my first published post on Tastespotting, surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) the same post was still rejected by whomever approves photos on foodgawker!
Anyway, since it’s the end of the month and its time for to reveal what special cake I made today for the cake of the month project. So far in January I made a Swedish saffron cake, in February I made a Mexican chocolate cake.
This month, I thought I share a recipe for a Kuwaiti cake. Here in Kuwait, a traditional and very popular cake is called Gers Ogely. If you have never heard of this, rest assured that you are not alone. Truth be said, before I came to Kuwait, I have never heard of it also, and when I did, I was like “ger, what?” I don’t even know what these two words mean in Arabic. Thankfully after having just one bite of this I quickly discovered it a cake with saffron and cardamom. This cake is a moist, old-fashioned Kuwaiti cake, with a blend of cardamom, saffron spices and sesame. The cake is so moist and light it’s like eating sweet clouds!
This is an old traditional cake. Traditionally, toasted sesame are sprinkled on top of the cake baking. There are many modern variations of this cake that include adding a Nutella filling, whipped cream, and even cream cheese variations, some recipes alter the cake by add yogurt, vanilla, turmeric to the ingredients. For the sake of keeping up with the tradition, I only sprinkled sesame (which is how it has been made traditionally).
The cake is served with tea, or milk tea. But feel free to get your daily cup of coffee with this one. I promise you wont be disappointed.
This recipe was tweaked from a friend who handed me this recipe. She swears that this is how her grandmother used to make this cake.
Have you ever had a gers okely? Do you even know what gers ogely is? Either way, if you ever want to make a Arabian flavored cake, I suggest you give this cake a go. It’ll soon be your favorite.
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