Ras malai cake

111 Matt Tebbutt recipe template

Preparation time

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 6–8


By Ravneet Gill
From Saturday Kitchen


  • 4 medium free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch fine salt
  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 20ml/¾fl oz neutral oil, such as sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 280ml/9½fl oz full-fat milk
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream
  • 140g/5oz condensed milk
  • 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • small pinch saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp ground pistachios
  • 10 roasted almonds, crushed

To serve

  • 300ml/10fl oz gently whipped cream
  • handful crushed pistachios
  • handful toasted flaked almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  2. Put the eggs and caster sugar in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk together gently using a stand mixer or electric whisk on a medium speed until thick and luscious. The mixture should be at ribbon stage – where a solid line of the egg mixture will fall from the whisk into the bowl and slowly disappear into the mixture.

  3. Mix together the baking powder, salt and plain flour in a separate bowl.

  4. Sift the flour mixture over the egg mixture in three batches, gently folding in the flour between each addition. Gradually drizzle in the oil, folding as you pour. Make sure not to overmix.

  5. Pour the mixture into a 31x25cm/12x10in baking tin and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool for 15 minutes, then remove from the tin.

  6. Meanwhile, gently warm the milk, cream and condensed milk in a saucepan with the cardamom, saffron, ground pistachios and crushed almonds until steaming. Take off the heat and leave to cool slightly. Remove the cardamom pods.

  7. Poke holes with a cocktail stick all over the cake and pour the slightly warm milk mixture evenly over the top. Leave to cool at room temperature, then place in the fridge, ideally overnight, to allow the flavours to relax and infuse.

  8. To serve, top the cake with the whipped cream, crushed pistachios and flaked almonds.

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