• 20 min preparation time plus 50-60 min cooking time

    Preparation Time

  • easy

    Difficulty Level

  • Cake pan 26 cm in diameter


According to the legend, in 250 A.D. Agios (Saint) Isidore, after being tortured by the Romans, escaped and sat under the mastic trees. The trees felt sorry for him and started crying, producing the aromatic resin. The medicinal properties of Mastic are known since ancient times. Today it is used in pastry making and cooking,  in minimal quantities, otherwise, our food will become bitter.



  • 400 gr all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder Sunspices
  • 300 gr butter, at room temperature (soften)
  • 250 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp mastic Sunspices
  • 1 tsp mahlab Sunspices
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 vanillas Sunspices
  • 4 medium eggs (or 3 large)
  • 75 ml full-fat milk


  1. We preheat the oven to 180C/355F. We put the butter and the sugar in the mixer bowl and we beat them very well until the mixture is fluffy and pale yellow. At intervals, we stop beating and we scrap down the walls of the mixer bowl.

  2. Put in the blender the mastic, the mahlab, the zest, the vanillas and 1 tbsp sugar and we grind. We add this mixture to the butter and we stir.

  3. We reduce the mixer’s speed and we add the eggs one at a time. We fully incorporate before adding the next egg. At the end, we add the milk.

  4. We stir the flour and the baking powder. We gently fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, using an elastic spatula. We butter and we line our cake pan with parchment paper and we pour the batter into the pan. We bake for about 50 minutes. To check if the cake is ready, we insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready, otherwise we bake for a few more minutes. We sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and serve.

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