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My experiments and use of Semolina in baking are on. Having baked bread with semolina, it is now cakes. Semolina gives lovely textures to cakes too. The Semolina coconut cake or Basbousa that was baked last week had a soft crumb and great texture. Drenched in sweet syrup, this cake is very easy to make.

Semolina Coconut Cake [Vegan]

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For the Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater

For the Cake: 

  • 2 cups fine semolina
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan  butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk (coconut milk/almond milk/soy milk)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 10-12 almonds halved


For the Syrup:

  1. Take water, sugar and lemon juice in a thick-bottomed pan. Bring it to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and add rose water. Cool it to room temperature.

For the Cake: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and line a 7-inch by 7-inch rectangular cake pan.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Whisk together semolina and baking powder.
  3. Add semolina mix to butter-sugar mixture. Add milk and stir. Fold in desiccated coconut.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and level it with a spoon. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Score the batter into 1 inch square with a sharp knife. Place one almond half in each square.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top and sides are golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven. Remove from the pan after 10 minutes.
  8. Cut the cake along the lines you scored. Pour cold syrup onto the hot cake. Let the cake sit for two hours before serving.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 3307 | Total Carbs: 591 g | Total Fat: 81 g | Total Protein: 73 g | Total Sodium: 295 g | Total Sugar: 311 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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