Saffron Milk Cake



It always warms my heart to receive emails from my fellow bloggers for guest posts. I have known Pankthi for a quite some time now, when she used to the “techie mom”. But then, she took a break from blogging and then now is back with vengeance as “Cake and Curry”. I got an email from her asking if I would be keen on doing a guest post for her. Why wouldn’t I? I have loved doing guest posts and Alhamdulillah, in these five years of blogging, have never said “no” to requests that have come to me.


I have been mentioning that I have gone slow on cooking, especially making desserts, though I still do on and off, mostly for family. When her email came and especially mentioning that she would want to start at the earliest, I as usual dug into my drafts. I still have a lot of drafts to go, considering that from this year, I have slowed down doing my posts, since I don’t want to burden myself. My eyes went and landed on this Saffron Milk Cake that I baked earlier this year.




I really love saffron as a spice and love to add it to my food whenever possible. Some of my favorites are this Kesar Lassi or in shrikand, these meticulously scented cookies, or this lovely egg pudding. I love to add a crushing of it into my masala paal or Habbal Hamra. So somehow, it was natural that my first trial for milk cake would be of saffron. 😀 Many cafes in the UAE are now having many varieties of milk cake like saffron, pistachio, rose and chocolate being some among the popular ones. The idea is very similar to the famous Mexican “Tres Leches” cake but the difference is that the slice is served in a pool of flavored milk. I feel most of the cafes charge a very high price for this dessert, but considering that when you make it, you end up with a huge portion, most of them don’t mind shelling out that price!


OK, so coming back to the post, my first attempt had to be at making the saffron flavored one, and I went ahead with a super saffron spiked dessert, all in all. We took two days to finish off the whole thing but it was simply delicious! To read more about the post and the recipe, do hop onto Pankti’s page! (Updated: her page is not present at the moment, and hence I am removing the link.)





Saffron Milk Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • A fat pinch crushed saffron
  • 1 x 400 ml can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can condensed milk use more as per sweetness
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp packed saffron crushed
  • 2 sachets Dream Whip powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • OR
  • 2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan well.
  • Whip the eggs with sugar and salt till pale and frothy. When the beaters are lifted, it will flow like a ribbon.
  • Sift the dry ingredients on top and fold in till moist.
  • Add the saffron and mix. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or till skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for five minutes, before flipping onto a cooling rack to cool slightly.
  • For milk mixture, whisk the milks in a pan and bring to heat. As it heats, add the crushed saffron and whisk well. Simmer for five minutes. Switch off.
  • Transfer the cake to a bigger plate. Poke all over the cake with a fork.
  • Keep 1 cup of the milk aside and pour the rest of the milk all over the cake.
  • Once the cake comes to room temperature, keep in the fridge for a couple of hours for it to soak completely. Reserve the remaining milk in a container in the fridge as well.
  • Just before serving, whip the Dream whip powder along with the milk till stiff OR if using whipping cream, whip with the icing sugar till stiff. Add a couple of tablespoons of the reserved saffron milk and fold in.
  • Take the cake out of the fridge and spread the whipping cream on top. Cut into slices.
  • While serving, keep one slice on a deep serving dish, pour part of the reserved milk just to cover the bottom. Enjoy!


You can use any sponge cake of your choice as base.
The cake is mildly sweet and most of the sweetness is from the milk, so increase the condensed milk upto even the whole can if you like yours sweet. For us, the quantity mentioned was sweet enough.
For a mild saffron flavor, feel free to skip the saffron used in the cake, and use it only in the milk.


Join the Conversation

  1. Wow Rafee!! Loved reading this post!! Thanks again for taking time out to share the recipe so quickly!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      So glad to know that Pankti…

  2. wow! nice guest post.. love this

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  3. very different rafeeda! would love to try it soon:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Farah…

  4. That cake looks truly delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beulah…

  5. This cake looks so good. I am speechless looking at the pictures

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shanaz…

  6. Looks wonderful ! xoxox

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria…

  7. mouthwatering pic and lovely recipe

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Nisa…

  8. Wonderful guest post,Superb recipe

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  9. Ma Sha Allah ,this looks so so good Rafee….Lovely guest post dear!Awesome clicks too 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruxana… 🙂

  10. Don’t we need oil in this recipe as my cake turned out very hard

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I am sorry the cake didn’t turn out well. This is a fat free cake, so basically you need to use large eggs and whip them well till it almost triples in volume and look ribbonish. If you felt the batter was too thick, it could have been adjusted with a couple of tbsp of milk to bring to correct consistency. Hope this answers your query…

    2. Elle medeia says:

      Mine too, i had to throw it away as it was inedible!

      1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

        Hi Elle, I am sorry this happened to you. The cake needs to be handled with very light hands. The eggs are to be whipped till tripled and fluffy and the flour is to be folded in, and not beaten in.

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