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Traditional Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

by Khushi Hossain
Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

Are you looking to add a touch of Sri Lankan tradition to your special day? You can try Srilankan wedding cake. In Sri Lanka, wedding cakes are not just a delicious treat; they also believe they symbolize good luck and prosperity for the couple. 

Here I will share a traditional Sri Lankan wedding cake recipe with you. An authentic touch that will impress your guests. This cake is a true delight for the senses, from the rich flavors of cashews, almonds, and semolina to fragrant spices like cardamom and nutmeg.

Why is Srilankan Wedding Cake So Special?

Sri Lankan wedding cakes are indeed something special. This dessert represents the richness and diversity of Sri Lankan culture, more than just a dessert. With cashews, candied peel, and spices like cardamom and nutmeg, this cake is packed with Sri Lankan flavors. Its intricate design and stunning presentation make it stand out from other wedding cakes.

Ingredients for Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

Sri Lankan wedding cakes are a delicious and traditional part of Sri Lankan weddings. In this traditional wedding cake, they use four types of ingredients. These ingredients come together to create a rich flavor and texture of cake. A list of the ingredients is given below :

Dry Fruits:

  1. Pumpkin Preserve
  2. Crystallized Ginger
  3. Chow Chow
  4. Unsalted Cashews
  5. Cheries
  6. Raisins
  7. Sultanas
  8. Dates
  9. Candied Peel


  1. Cardamom Powder
  2. Cinnamon Powder
  3. Grated Fresh Nutmeg
  4. Clove Powder

Ingredients for Cake Batter:

  1. Semolina
  2. Unsalted Butter
  3. White Granulated Sugar
  4. Egg

Flavoring Ingredients:

  1. Brandy
  2. Rose Water
  3. Honey
  4. Almond Essence
  5. Vanilla Essence
  6. Jar Plum Jam
  7. Maple Syrup

Making Process of Sri Lankan Wedding Cake

Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

To make a Srilankan wedding cake, you must follow four parts of the making process.

Step 1: Chopped the Dry Fruits

In a food processor, chop up the pumpkin preserves, chow chow, raisins, sultanas, dates, and candied peel until they are small pieces but not a paste. Make small pieces of cashews by cutting them. Mix all the chopped dry fruits.

Step 2: Add Flavor and Spices With the Dry fruits

After combining all the dry fruits, season with cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, clove powder, cardamom powder, honey, golden syrup, plum jam, Almond essence, Vanilla essence, Maple syrup, brandy, and rose water. Mix all ingredients and marinate in a cool, dark place overnight. Or you can marinate it for 2-3 days.

Step 3: Make the Cake Batter

Cook the semolina over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant. To form soft peaks, beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Leave the egg whites aside for later use. 

Lightly beat the butter and sugar with a mixer until they are fluffy. Mix egg yolks one at a time until well combined.

Step 4: Combine the Cake Batter

Place the butter/sugar mixture and egg yolks into a large bowl. Slowly add the mix of marinated fruit/nuts and toss until combined. After that, add a few tablespoons of the semolina mixture and mix again until well combined.  

After that, add the egg whites and fold them in. Combine well between each addition of these three ingredients and repeat until all the ingredients have been added.

Step 5: Now Baked Your Cake

Set the oven to 300°F, line a baking pan with parchment paper, and brush butter on it. Pour batter into the pan and place it on a large baking sheet for stability and to prevent it from getting too dark. 

Bake your cake for 3-4 hours or until it is set and a toothpick comes out clean. 

How to Serve the Sri Lankan Wedding Cake?

Serving the Sri Lankan wedding cake is a tradition that brings joy and celebration to the couple and their guests. To serve the cake, carefully cut it into individual slices using a sharp knife. Place each slice on a decorative plate or serving tray. You can garnish each slice with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a fresh flower for an elegant touch.


May I Use All-purpose Flour in the Sri Lankan Wedding Cake?

Yes. You can use all-purpose flour in place of semolina, or you can mix with semolina. 

What is the Difference Between Sri Lankan Love Cake and Wedding Cake?

No. There is no difference between a Sri Lankan love cake and a wedding cake. 

Final Words

My Sri Lankan wedding cake recipe is a traditional and beloved dessert with a special place in the country’s culture and celebrations. This unique cake, with its rich flavors and aromatic spices, is a perfect representation of the vibrant and diverse culinary heritage of Sri Lanka.

Every aspect of the cake, from the intricate decorations to the unique flavors, makes it an unforgettable culinary experience if you want to add a touch of Sri Lankan tradition to your special day.

Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

Sri Lankan Wedding Cake Recipe

Serves: 60 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 1820 calories 60 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 3 voted )


  1. Pumpkin Preserve -250g
  2. Crystallized Ginger- 250g
  3. Chow Chow - 250g
  4. Unsalted Cashews -250g
  5. Cherries - 300g
  6. Raisins - 250g
  7. Sultanas - 150g
  8. Dates-150g
  9. Candied Peel- 200g
  10. Cardamom Powder- ½ Tsp
  11. Cinnamon Powder - 1 Tsp
  12. Grated Fresh Nutmeg - 1 Tsp
  13. Clove Powder - ½ Tsp
  14. Semolina - 500g
  15. Unsalted Butter -250g
  16. White Granulated Sugar -500g
  17. Egg -15
  18. Brandy - 500ml
  19. Rose Water -2tbsp
  20. Honey -250ml
  21. Almond Essence -2tbsp
  22. Vanilla Essence-2 Tbsp
  23. Plum Jam- 250g
  24. Maple Syrup- 2 Tbsp


  1. Make small pieces from the dates by de-seeding them and chopping them up. Also, chop the pumpkin preserve, chow chow, candied peel, cashews, and ginger preserve.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Stir it well.
  3. Keep it in a cool, dry place overnight in large jars or containers.
  4. In a pan, roast semolina until it becomes slightly grainy and golden brown.
  5. Now mix the butter and sugar until it becomes fluffy.
  6. Beat the egg white until it becomes a soft peak.
  7. Then, mix egg yolks with this butter and sugar combination. Stir until it becomes creamy.
  8. Combine the marinade ingredients, buttercream, egg white, and roasted semolina in a large bowl.
  9. After that, prepare your oven by preheating 300F and set a large baking tray with parchment paper and brush butter in the parchment.
  10. Then, bake your cake for 4 hours.
  11. Then remove the cake from the oven and keep it aside to cool your cake and enjoy your cake.
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