Sfouf Cake

Sfouf is a Syrian turmeric cake. The turmeric gives the cake a beautiful yellow color and a distinct and wonderful taste. Turmeric is actually one of those popular “superfoods,” as it is loaded with antioxidants and has many other health benefits. This cake is very different from any other cake you have eaten. It is perfect during Ramadan because it's light enough to eat after a big iftar

 The Sfouf cake is made with semolina which is a high-gluten flour usually used in pasta. Some people prefer to use only flour or only semolina when making sfouf, and you can mix both.

The semolina gives the cake a perfect nuttier texture than just using flour alone. The cake is topped with either blanched almonds or pine nuts.


3 cups fine semolina

1 cup flour

2 tbsp turmeric powder

4 tbsp milk powder

1 cup unsalted Butter

½ cup sugar

2 cups water

3 tsp baking powder

½ cup almonds


1-Preheat oven at 180°c.

2- Grease a baking dish with butter.

3-Mix together the semolina, flour, turmeric, milk powder and baking powder in a large bowl.

4-Mix the sugar with water in a bowl and add it to the semolina mixture.

5- Melt butter in a bowl .

6-Add the melted butter to the mixture, and mix well to combine.

7-Pour the mixture and spread the mixture evenly.

8- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

9-Garnish with almonds and serve!


Hamsa Zughib