Sfouf (Turmeric Cake)

Sfouf is a Syrian semolina turmeric cake, made with simple ingredients, no eggs and no butter. It's vegan and a perfect light dessert or snack to go with your cup of coffee. The semolina in the cake gives a nutty texture that is just so hard to resist!

Sfouf is an Arabic word that means lines and it’s used here to describe the way this cake is cut into lines. The cake itself is a semolina-turmeric oil-based yellow cake. It’s a simple plain cake with mild flavors and not at all sweet. The flavor is incredible, the texture is crumbly but soft as well,  It is perfect to enjoy during the month of Ramadan.

Turmeric gives the cake the most delicious flavor and color, turmeric is considered a superfood, as it is loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory effects along with so many other wonderful health benefits. It has been used in cooking as a spice and as a medicinal herb in Asia, especially India, for thousands of years.




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 a preheated oven for 30 minutes.

9-Garnish with almonds and serve!


Lara Khouli