Saturday, 26 October 2013

Sfoof سفوف (Lebanese yellow cake)

This is my dear mothers speciality, she makes delicious sfoof mashAllah! Sfoof is a Lebanese cake which isn't really a cake, it is more of a....hmm, not sure how to explain it. I guess it means you will have to try it yourself to decide! :D 

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 10+
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Baking time: 35-40 mins
What you will need:

3 cups fine semolina
1 cup plain flour
3 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 + 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
sesame seed paste
Optional: pine nuts

How to make:

1) Place the semolina, flour, turmeric and baking powder in a large bowl, and mix with a spoon

2) Place the sugar in a separate bowl, add the water and mix until the sugar begins to dissolve. Add the milk and mix again, followed by the oil

3) Add the liquid mixture to the dried ingredient bowl. Mix with a spoon, then use an electric whisk to vigorously mix until bubbles begin to form

4) Use the sesame seed paste to coat the base of your cake tin. I used a 30cm tin to fit the mixture

5) Decorate with the pine nuts if you wish, then place in a pre-heated oven at 210 degrees Celsius, and leave for 35-40 mins. Check with a skewer if it done, then remove and leave to cool completely before cutting up and serving

This makes quite a big batch, so you can half the quantity if you wish. It is super easy and delicious to make. I have used my mums special recipe, so feel free to give it a go and enjoy :)

Tip: Goes down a treat with a cup of tea


  1. Assalaamu alaikum was the cake tin you used square or round? Does it make a difference whichever shape we used? Looks delicious tabarakAllah

    1. Wa alaikum alsalam :) jazakiAllah khair. I used a round tin but it doesn't make a difference because u will cut it up anyway :) let me know how it goes inshAllah

    2. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. I've made this a few times but it's never looked like yours :( it's either fallen apart when cutting it up or looking much lighter than yours or just not tasting that nice... waaaah :( lol in sha Allah I'll try again soon.

    3. Wa alaikum alsalam. Do you make the same quantity? And do you cut it whilst its best to wait till it's cooled at least a little. The colour depends on the quantity and type of turmeric powder. Practice makes perfect. Please let me know how it goes :)

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