Basbousa Cake or Semolina Cake with Syrup

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Basbousa Cake or Semolina Cake with Syrup is an Arabian delight. You can impress guests by serving this in dessert. It has a great sweet taste.


  • Sugar 3/4 cup, 2 cups for syrup
  • Baking Soda 1 tsp
  • Lemon peel 1 tsp
  • Yogurt 3/4 cup
  • Eggs 2
  • Yellow Colour as required
  • Almond as required for decoration
  • Semolina 2 cups
  • Vanilla Essence 1 tsp
  • Baking Powder 1 tsp
  • Water 1 1/2 cup
  • Butter 1/4 cup


Step 1

To make sugar syrup boil sugar, water, lemon juice until thickened for about 5-8 minutes cool and set aside.

Step 2

For cake cream butter, add sugar, vanilla essence and beat for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Step 3

Add eggs one by one beating well after each addition.

Step 4

Add food coloring, mixing well.

Step 5

In bowl mix semolina, baking powder and baking soda.

Step 6

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture slowly with yogurt and mix well to incorporate mixture.

Step 7

Grease pan, pour batter, decorate with halved almonds over batter and bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 min.

Step 8

Take cake out of oven, pour the cool syrup and leave for 1-1 1/2 hours until syrup is absorbed.