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Revani cake

A classic Mediterranean semolina cake drenched in lemon infused simple syrup and topped with coconut flakes. A light and easy everyday cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings: 16
Calories: 171.4kcal
Author: Amira


For the syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar.
  • 1 1/2 cup water.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Juice of one lime.
  • 1/2 cup honey.

For the cake:

  • 4 large eggs at room temperature.
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (55g) butter, melted.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract . Note1
  • ¾ cup (125g) fine semolina flour. Note2
  • 3/4 cup (100g) all-purpose flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt.

For garnish:

  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut.
  • 1/2 cup ground pistachios.


Make the syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool completely.

Make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  • In the bowl of your standing mixer, add eggs, sugar and whip on high until it triples in volume and gets pale yellow and fluffy. 4-5 minutes.
  • Add butter, vanilla extract and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, semolina, baking powder and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients working in batches.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Poke the cake several times using the toothpick then pour the cooled syrup over.
  • Allow the cake to cool down and rest for 1-2 hours before inverting on a serving platter. Decorate with coconut flakes and pistachios if desired.


Note1: You can also add a teaspoon of almond extract, use lemon zest or orange zest to flavor the cake more.
Note2: Some people like using farina instead. check out the basbousa recipe for the difference between farina and semolina. 
Please check the nutrition disclaimer policy.
Vitamins are in percentage value. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Calories: 171.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 54.3mg | Sodium: 53.3mg | Potassium: 42.4mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 3.7IU | Calcium: 2.4mg | Iron: 4.3mg