sfouf cake

Sfouf- Lebanese Cake

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This vibrant yellow Lebanese turmeric cake- sfouf is easy  to make. It is also egg- free, butter- free and made in one bowl!  Sfouf cake has a subtle earthy flavor and tastes as good as it looks.

sfouf cake

This delicious Lebanese sfuf or Sfouf recipe is so easy to make, colorful, and absolutely delicious, too. It is a no mixer required recipe that uses a handful of accessible ingredients and gives you the perfect tea cake.

If you’ve found yourself with a bunch of turmeric and wondering what to do with it, why not make a cake?


Turmeric Cake- Sfouf

People have given sfouf many pronunciations; Lebanese cake, turmeric cake, sfuf, semolina cake or yellow cake, but all these names do not do it  justice! You will love this golden cake, it’s also a great way to get more healthy turmeric into your diet. 

yellow cake


You can find the full printable recipe including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this turmeric cake perfect every time.

  1. Turmeric: The turmeric not only adds the beautiful color, but also a subtle earthy taste.
  2. Semolina flour: This is a coarse purified wheat that’s usually used to make pasta. 
  3. Baking spray: To avoid the cake from sticking to the baking dish. Some spread about 1 tablespoon of tahini paste to the bottom of the pan instead. I personally do not like the taste of Tahini paste in this recipe so I avoid it, but you can also give that a try!
  4. All purpose flour. Half a cup. 
  5. Sugar.
  6. Vegetable oil.
  7. Baking powder.
  8. Milk. Plant based milk, or water works if your following a vegan diet. I start with one cup, and add a little more if needed. 

How to Make Sfouf – Lebanese Turmeric Cake Recipe:

(Full recipe with quantities in recipe card below)

  • Whisk dry ingredients together. 
  • Add in wet ingredients and whisk some until well combined. 

how to make semolina cake

  • Pour into a baking pan and top with nuts. 

sfuf topped with pine nuts

  • Bake.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Cut into squares and serve! 

Lebanese cake

Frequently asked Questions: 

  • Can you make sfouf without semolina?  I personally have never tried Sfouf without semolina, you probably would not get the same nutty texture. I’d be happy to know how it turns out if you decide to try! 

  • Where do I find semolina flour?  You can find it at any Middle Eastern market, Amazon, supermarkets, Walmart or target.

  • Can you make vegan sfouf? YES! since this Lebanese cake is egg-free and butter-free, it is easy to make it vegan. Simply use any plant-based milk or just plain water will do the job as well. 

  • Can I leave out the turmeric? Yes! it won’t be sfouf anymore though 🙂 But try it before you knock it, you’ll barely taste the turmeric and the color is gorgeous (plus turmeric is so good for you!)

  • How to serve this Lebanese turmeric cake? Have it either warm or at room temperature, both are delicious. Definitely have a cup of tea or coffee on the side, or milk for the kids!

  • How long does Lebanese Semolina Cake Keep? Up to five days tightly wrapped or stored in a air tight container at room temperature. 

  • Sfouf Calories: 130 calories per bar!

More Lebanese Desserts: 



Milk Pudding- Mahalabia

Coconut Date Bars

Date Roll Cookies

Namoura- Lebanese Semolina Cake

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How to Make Lebanese Sfuf

Yield: 16 servings

Sfouf- Lebanese Cake

sfouf cake

Sfouf- Lebanese Turmeric Cake. A delicious egg free, butter free cake that is made with simple ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 ½ cup fine semolina
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup canola oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 cup of milk or water
  • Baking spray to grease the pan
  • Handful of pine nuts or almonds- for garnishing 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and grease a 9×9" baking pan with baking oil.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, fine semolina, sugar, baking powder and turmeric and mix well using a whisk.
  3. Add the oil and milk and whisk well until fully combined. If after mixing the batter is too thick, you can add few more spoons of milk gradually.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the pine nuts, almonds or both combined.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the pine nuts are golden, mine was done at exactly 30 minutes.
  6. Let cook completely before cutting into squares.
  7. Serve with cup of tea and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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