Cardamom Saffron Cake/Kuwaiti Saffron Cake/Gers Ogaily

Gers Ogaily is a Kuwaiti sponge cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, cardamom, saffron and sesame seeds. Dates syrup is a thick dark brown sweet fruit syrup extracted from dates. It is widely used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking. Imagine my surprise when I found this syrup in my local grocery store. I’ve been meaning to use this syrup ever since and was glad I got an opportunity for this recipe @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 35 mins



  • All purpose flour 1 cup
  • Whole wheat flour 1 cup
  • Saffron 1 tsp
  • Rose water 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt ¼ tsp
  • Eggs 4 (separated)
  • Butter ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder 1 tsp
  • Dates syrup ¾ cup
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Sesame seeds 4 tbsp
  • Baking powder 1 ½ tsp
  • Sugar a dusting, to serve


  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare a pan by spraying oil and then flour. Dust off any excess.
  • Soak saffron threads in 2 tbsp hot water. Leave to soak for 10 mins.
  • In a pan toast the sesame seeds on a low flame till aromatic. Cool. Keep aside.
  • In a large bowl sift together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom powder. Mix in toasted sesame seeds.
  • In another bowl beat egg whites till you get soft peaks. Add the dates syrup. Fold everything in gently till well combined.
  • In a small bowl beat together egg yolks, saffron water, rose water and milk.
  • Slowly mix in the egg white mixture and egg yolk mixture into the dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Just blend everything in.
  • Pour the batter in the Bundt pan and bake for 35 mins till slightly brown at the top. Use a toothpick to see if it comes out clean.
  • Set the cake on the table and let it cool in the pan for 10 mins. Using a plastic knife loosen around the edges gently. On a cake stand turn the Bundt pan upside down to release the cake. Serve with a sprinkle of sugar.
Dry ingredients
Separate the eggs
Beat the egg whites
Add the dates syrup
Egg yolks, saffron, rose water and milk beaten
Mix the wet and dry ingredients
The batter is ready
Pour into the Bundt pan
Cake is ready
Serve with a sprinkling of sugar
Cardamom Saffron Cake
A slice of Cardamom Saffron Cake

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