Saffron & Raisin Pound Cake

Saffron & Raisin Pound Cake

Inspired by the buttery saffron cookie, this pound cake is incredibly moist and irresistible. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice



  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small bowl combine & set aside:
    • 1/8 tsp saffron , grounded
    • 1 TBS water , hot
  3. Apply non-stick spray to a 9"x5" loaf pan, and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang.
    • 1/8 tsp saffron , grounded
    • 1 TBS water , hot
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together:
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. Using an electric mixer, whisk together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes:
    • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter, unsalted , softened
  6. Mix in:
    • 2 eggs, large , lightly beaten
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and mix in the reserved saffron liquid.
  8. On low speed, mix in half of the flour mixture.
  9. Mix in:
    • 1/2 cup yogurt, plain Greek
  10. Mix in the remainder of the flour mixture, until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not over mix.
  11. Stir in by hand:
    • 1 cup raisins
  12. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. The batter will be thick.
  13. Gently tap the pan to your work surface to remove air bubbles.
  14. Bake in the oven for 60-75 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  15. Let the cake cool in the pan over a cooling rack for 30 mins.
  16. Life the cake out of the pan and place on the cooling rack to completely cool.
  17. Slice cake to desired thickness once cake is at room temperature.
  18. Store cooled caked, wrapped tightly in plastic at room temperature, up to 3 days.

Saffron & Raisin Pound Cake Detail

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Inactive Time: 1 hour cooling time
Difficulty: Intermediate
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 1 slice from 9-inch loaf

Cooking Tips: The amount of saffron you use is dependent on quality. This recipe's amount is for higher quality of saffron. Adjust your measurements accordingly.