|Alternative names||Bolo di Amor|
|Place of origin||Sri Lanka|
|Main ingredients||Semolina, Pumpkin Preserve, Eggs, Sugar, Butter, Cashews|
|Calorie rich kcal|
|Similar dishes||Sugee cake|
Love cake is a traditional semolina cake served in Sri Lanka on special occasions. They are often baked for cultural celebrations such as Christmas, birthdays and weddings, served wrapped in gold paper for guests to eat or take home.
Love cake is believed to have been introduced by the Portuguese or Dutch but has evolved into a confectionery unique to Sri Lanka. The original recipe dates back to the 16th century, when the Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the country, known as "Bolo di Amor". The cake incorporates a mix of ingredients from Portuguese cakes, such as semolina, together with local Sri Lankan spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamon. In addition to Arabic influences with the use of rose water, which is common to cakes from Spain and Portugal dating from the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Love cake is similar to the Singaporean sugee cake, which uses almonds as opposed to cashew nuts.
Local folklore is that its name comes from the fact that the grinding of spices and nuts make this cake a true labor of love.
Love cake is made from semolina, cashew nuts, pumpkin preserve, butter, eggs, sugar, and honey flavoured with rose water and a variety of spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon, creating a fragrant, sweet, lightly spiced cake with a moist chewy inside and a crunchy exterior.
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