Top Yalda Night Cake Recipe + 10 New Ideas 2024

The decoration and preparation of a Yalda night cake in the shape of a watermelon and pomegranate, along with fruit decoration and a Yalda table setting, have become one of the beautiful and creative traditions of Yalda night.

With the arrival of Yalda Night, everyone is looking for all kinds of food. From nuts and fruits to delicious desserts, they make your table more beautiful. Yalda Night Watermelon Cake is one of the most popular types of desserts with many fans these days.

But many people prefer to make their own Yalda night watermelon cake instead of buying cakes from pastry shops.

As the watermelon is one of the symbols of the Yalda night, the watermelon fruit and its cake complete your snacks.

You can choose from various ideas for Yalda dinner and dessert. But in this article, we will share how to make Yalda Night Watermelon cake to make your delicious cake. Keep up with the meals cook site.

watermelon yalda night cake

How to make a Yalda night cake?

Shabe yalda cake recipe

Shabe yalda cake recipe

For: 4 people

Preparation time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients :

yalda Pomegranate cake

Eggs 1 pcs
Sugar 1 glass
Milk 1 tablespoon 
Flour  ½ cup 
Baking powder ½ teaspoon 
Vanilla 1 teaspoon
Cream green and red as needed
Brown chocolate 0.1 pound

Instruction :

Instruction yalda night cake

To prepare this different and delicious cake, you must first prepare it without cream and in the form of a sponge cake, cutting it into two or three layers. Then, fill between the layers with cream, and at the end, apply cream on top and decorate.

1. Turn on the oven

In the first step, heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius and prepare the sponge cake.

2. Combine the ingredients

In the second step, separate the egg yolks and whites in a suitable bowl and mix the yolks with powdered sugar. Mix the ingredients until they become creamy, thick, and elastic. Then, add milk, flour, and baking powder to it.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites until fluffy. Add the egg whites to the dough and mix gently. Then, pour the obtained mixture into a mold you have already greased with oil and put it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the cake turns golden.

To find out whether the sponge cake is baked, dip the tip of a fork or toothpick into the cake. If the cake dough does not stick to the tip, the cake is ready; otherwise, wait another 5 minutes.

3. Creaming the surface of Yalda night cake

In the next step, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool. Cut the cake in half and divide it into two or three parts. Divide the sponge cake into 2 or 3 layers.

On the first layer of the sponge cake, add the cream in any thickness you like and smooth it with a palette or suitable device. Place the second or third layer on top of the first layer and repeat the same process.

4. Put the watermelon cake in the refrigerator

In this step, press the cake a little so the cream and cake have a smooth surface. Cut the protruding parts with a knife and smooth the cake cream.

Put the Yalda night watermelon cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and strain the cream again. You don’t need to spend too much because the green and red cream covers it.

5. Preparing coloured cream to decorate Yalda night cake

At this stage, you must mix the red and green food colouring separately with the whipped cream. Pour the red cream into the cream funnel and cover and smooth the parts that will be red. Repeat the same for the green colour.

6. Decoration in the shape of a watermelon

In the last step, melt the brown chocolate using the bain-marie method and pour it into the funnel. Cut the top of the funnel into a small amount and make egg-like shapes on nylon or in a wide container. Then, place them on the cake.

With a funnel, put the chocolates as watermelon eggs on the cake. In the last step, transfer the cake to a suitable container and serve. With this method, you can prepare the most beautiful Yalda night cake yourself.

How to make Yalda night cake without an oven in a pan or pot?

How to make Yalda night cake without an oven in a pan or pot

If you want to make watermelon cake without an oven, there is no need to worry; with a little care, you can make this with the best quality.

Therefore, if you use a pan, grease it, and if you have oil paper, put it on the bottom of the pan. Then, heat the pan on the spreader flame with very low heat. The heat should be very low so that the cake does not burn.

Next, don’t shake the pan; place it slowly on the spreader flame. After about 1 hour, your cake is ready, and you can test it with a toothpick from the middle of yalda night cake to be sure. When baking the cake, put it back on the desired dish.

It is suggested that this coloured cake be decorated in the same way described above so that its appearance is not too simple. This delicious cake, along with nuts and fruits, multiplies the beauty of your table.

What does watermelon symbolize on Yalda night?

What does watermelon symbolize on Yalda night

One of the reasons for eating watermelon on Yalda night is its appearance, which reminds us that the earth is round and green. The green colour of watermelon is a reminder and symbol of prosperity and life on earth.

Although you might think that the roundness of the earth is a new idea, the ancient Iranians believed in the roundness of the earth.

On the other hand, according to the belief of the ancient Iranians, the land was a symbol of fertility. The land was important for Iranians, who made a living through agriculture and animal husbandry.

Among all the fruits of Yalda night, watermelon is the only fruit considered a symbol of the earth.

Although sometimes watermelons are white, we know a ripe watermelon by its red colour. One of the reasons for eating watermelon on Yalda night cake is its sweet taste and red colour.

Red symbolizes love, friendship, prosperity, ease, and peaceful life.

Nuts or watermelon seeds, also consumed as nuts, symbolize fertility and different human races on earth.

Only by planting these seeds will new watermelon plants sprout from the soil, and this fertility symbolizes the increase of humans on earth.

Notes :

Notes for yalda night cakes

  • To make the watermelon cake special for Yalda night, add a little orange to the cream’s red colour.
  • One way to decorate a homemade Yalda night cake, one of the Yalda night desserts, is to use fondant. Instead of cream, fondant is placed on the cake in its preparation method, and you must paint it with a brush.
  • Add watermelon juice to your sponge cake ingredients instead of 1/2 cup of milk to make a new cake with watermelon juice.
  • If you don’t have enough time, you can get the cake without cream from a pastry shop. You are only responsible for decorating it as a watermelon cream cake.
  • You can also make a sponge cake in the shape of a watermelon in a half circle or a watermelon wedge instead of a round cake.
  • You can also prepare a watermelon cake for one person and make a small watermelon for each person in cupcakes or mini cakes.
  • To decorate a watermelon cake and put watermelon seeds on it, you can make your own watermelon seeds instead of chocolate chips. You need to melt the brown chocolate in a bain-marie method.
  • Then, pour it into the funnel and place it on a plastic sheet in the form of watermelon seeds. Let the chocolates melt. Then, use them as watermelon seeds on your sponge cake.
  • In addition to this, Yalda night foods also has many fans, which I mentioned before

watermelon cake

The festival is celebrated in Iran and other historically Iranian-influenced regions, including Azerbaijan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Balochi areas, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) and the Shahnameh until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant.

The red color in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are read or recited on various occasions such as this festival and Nowruz. Shab-e Yalda was officially added to Iran’s List of National Treasures in a special ceremony in 2008.




What materials are used to decorate the watermelon Yalda night cake?

In addition to the creams that have green and red food colouring added to them and with which you make the cake in the shape of a watermelon, chocolate chips are usually used as watermelon seeds, or you can use fondant to decorate the Yalda Night watermelon cake in the oven and without the oven.

What should we make to prepare Yalda night cake without cream?

If you don’t want to use cream in this cake, you can decorate it with red and green jellies in the shape of pomegranates or watermelons.

How to make watermelon yalda night cake in a pot without an oven?

To prepare the Yalda night watermelon cake without the oven, first make the sponge cake in a pot or pan and then cream the cake the same way. Pebbles should remain in the bowl.

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful cake
    I am sure Iranians have a lot of fun on Yalda night
    What a beautiful tradition, I wish we had this night in Türkiye

    1. Yes, Yalda night is a wonderful and lovely night in Iran and delicious food is served on this night
      Iran and Turkey are neighbors and brothers and I wish we could be together and celebrate together, my friend

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