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Basbousa with cream

A gloriously creamy and moist semolina cake, stuffed with luscious cream drizzled with syrup then topped with nuts. A pastry shop style cake with a stunning look that will get everyone's attention.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings: 16 serving
Calories: 285.6kcal
Author: Amira


Cake mix:

  • 1 cup semolina or farina the difference is described in the post above.
  • 1/2 cup sugar.
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder.
  • 3 large eggs.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt.
  • 3/4 cup oil.

For later:

  • 1 Tablespoon water.


  • 2 cups milk.
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch.
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar.
  • 2 Tablespoons canned cream. optional for more richness.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.


  • 1 cups sugar.
  • 3/4 cup water.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  • 1 Tablespoons honey.
  • A pinch of vanilla powder.


Make the syrup:

  • In a sauce pan stir syrup ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

Make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a deep bowl, combine cake ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour half mixture in a prepared 9 inch pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.

Make the filling while the cake is in the oven:

  • In a pot dissolve cornstarch in one cup of milk stir in sugar, vanilla extract and the rest of the milk.
  • Place pot on stovetop on medium heat , keep stirring with a whisk until the mixture bubbles and thickens.
  • Take pan out of oven, pour the filling and level the surface.
  • Pour 1 Tablespoon of water over the rest of the farina mixture mix well .
  • Pour the drain mixture over the filling and level.
  • Bake for an extra 40-50 minutes.
  • Get it out of the oven and immediately pour the cooled syrup.
  • Cover and let stand for 15 minutes to let it soak the syrup and cool down.
  • Garnish with nuts of your choice or serve plain.


Nutrition Facts
Basbousa with cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285.6 Calories from Fat 116
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.9g20%
Cholesterol 38.3mg13%
Sodium 103.9mg5%
Potassium 125.4mg4%
Carbohydrates 38.9g13%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 28.8g32%
Protein 4.6g9%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 285.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.9g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 12.9g | Cholesterol: 38.3mg | Sodium: 103.9mg | Potassium: 125.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 28.8g | Vitamin A: 120IU