Semolina Turmeric Cake (Sfoof) Recipe -
Semolina Turmeric Cake (Sfoof) Recipe

Semolina Turmeric Cake (Sfoof)

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"A Lebanese dessert that is not overly sweet. It is pleasing to the American palate due to it's lack of rose water and orange blossom essence, found in most Middle Eastern desserts. Sahteyn! (bon appetit!)"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch round cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, mix semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add flour mixture and oil and beat with an electric beater at medium speed for 5 minutes. This step is essential, do not use any shortcuts.
  4. Pour into a prepared 9 inch round pan. Sprinkle top with pine nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out dry.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 13, 2006

My whole family really enjoyed this recipe!! Its very yummy!! The younger ones put syrup on top to make it even sweeter.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 03, 2003

It has a very pungent taste that wasn't very pleasing. I assume it is an acquired taste, but my family and I disliked it.


17 Ratings

Oct 19, 2004

AWESOME CAKE. I love Middle Eastern cooking, and the turmeric is such a pleasant surprise. Shukran :)

Aug 19, 2010

I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out delicious! As I grow older I'm getting more and more turned off of overly sweet desserts, so this was perfect. I love the taste of turmeric, but it can be pungent--as one reviewer noted--especially if not measured correctly. Make sure you use a proper measuring spoon, because adding too much of certain spices (powdered cloves comes to mind) can overpower a baked good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Sep 05, 2003

I added a good amount or rose water, and I cooked it longer in a gas oven.

Aug 26, 2009

I made this cake using Chinese five spice instead of turmeric, and it was great. I really liked the texture. Without the spice, it's also a great eggless cake recipe.

Jun 21, 2007

I made this for a dinner club party themed "Mushrooms and Turmeric." I was excited to find a recipe that actually fit the theme. It was good and served its purpose but was not one of my favorite desserts. I'd consider making it again for another "themed" meal.

Nov 10, 2011

I use fine semolina and no milk. Turns out perfect. I add sesame seeds on top instead of pine nuts


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  • Calories
  • 263 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 70 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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