Love Cake is a Sri Lankan tea time sweet brought to the island by Portugese settlers and infused with local flavors like cashews, cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg. Customarily made to woo the object of one’s affection, it pairs perfectly with a bright cup of Ceylon tea.
The Portuguese arrived to Ceylon around 1500 BCE and began establishing trade routes to bring spices and other riches from the abundant island westward. Once the Dutch took reign, they imported coffee seeds and plants to developed the Ceylon coffee industry which became the world’s largest green bean exporter by the 1700ds.
A coffee rust demolished the coffee industry in the 1870s and planters turned to tea for respite. Ever since, the Ceylon has been synonomous with quality, flavorful black tea and connoisseurs know a cup of Ceylon for its fruity and brisk character.