Orange Saffron Semolina Cake

May 21, 2018mayurisjikoni
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Orange Saffron Semolina Cake is a soft, moist, aromatic, delectable dessert or tea time treat. Semolina gives this cake a very light and crumbly texture.

FoodieMonday/Bloghop Theme

When Preethi who blogs at Preethi’s Cuisine suggested Cakes as the #145th theme I jumped at the suggestion as for quite a while now I have not tried out a new cake recipe. I’ve been baking the usual eggless plain or chocolate cake whenever friends and family request. When the suggestion of cake came up, I’m sure no one in our group thought of the forthcoming big Royal Wedding.


The Big Royal Wedding

I baked the cake for the theme on Friday evening and added the final touch on Saturday morning, thinking to myself that ‘ok dessert is ready for tonight’. Around lunch time hubby comes home and asked me why I was not watching the wedding. I asked whose and he replied ‘why your distant relatives’ and I thought who is getting married in my family…. the weddings are next year! Then he clarifies ‘ Harry and Megan’. Now hubby dear loves to joke and since most or rather three quarter of my family is in UK anything related to the Royal Family is referred to as my ‘sangha’ meaning relatives in UK! He forgets that I’m Kenyan!

Anyway so we quickly settled down with our lunch in front of the telly to watch ‘the wedding of the year’. How did I miss Priyanka in that gorgeous grey suit? Anyway after a tasty delicious lunch of pasta with mushroom sauce, hubby asked what’s for dessert. “There’s a wedding so we must have some dessert,” he said. Just as well the cake was ready.

Well, I  was able to boast on my cousin group that we too are celebrating the wedding and sent them a click of the cake I had prepared. Obviously is nothing much compared to the royal wedding cake which broke tradition as did the wedding too. Instead of a traditional tiered cake the cakes were displayed on golden thrones. Lemon sponge with elderflower syrup was the flavor with lemon curd too. Read more about the cake detail here.

The royal wedding cake
royal wedding cake -credit – Kensington Palace

Some Awesome Home Baked Cakes To Check Out:

cake collage

Easy Christmas Cake    Pistachio and Rose Cake    Eggless Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake

Bakery Style Funfetti Cake    Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache  

Vegan Mango Coconut Lime Cake     Mango Semolina Cake

Zucchini Chocolate Wholewheat Cake    Mexican Chocolate Cake


Orange Saffron Semolina Cake 

For a very long time I’d wanted to try out a traditional semolina cake. I had the recipe bookmarked for ages. When the theme was decided, I dug up the recipe. This recipe was jotted down ages ago. I added my own twist to the cake by adding saffron.

Last week I had baked an eggless version for my best friend’s 60th birthday. In both the cakes instead of adding sugar syrup on top, I decided to serve the cake with some whipped fresh cream. I’m glad I did that as it was a good balance of flavors with the cream.

Anyway, its after a long time hubby and I got to enjoy a cake with some fresh cream. I simply like the texture that semolina adds to the cake, light and crumbly. Below I’m sharing a picture of the cake I baked for my friend and please for heaven’s sake do not compare the photo with the above !!!! I know I’m bad at icing.


for my best friend

Coming back to today’s cake recipe, though I was not able to capture the yellow colour of the cake well because of the cloudy weather, rest assured the cake was very flavorful and smelt so good while it was baking.

My Mum’s Cake Server

As you scroll down, you’ll notice a cake server, also called a cake shovel in the click. I was given that by my aunt (kaki) when I went to Nairobi in March. She told me that it belonged to my mum and I should have it. I can’t remember my mum ever baking a cake. I guess she must have got this years ago as a present from one of my dad’s German business dealers and she must have kept it away safely.

Don’t Want to Top the Cake with Whipped Cream, here are other options:

  • Replace whipped cream with greek yogurt.
  • Simply drizzle the cake with some orange syrup.

How To Prepare the Orange Syrup

Take 100ml orange juice and ½ cup sugar. Mix both in a saucepan. Place the saucepan over low heat. Keep stirring till the sugar melts. Allow the mixture to simmer till it becomes half the quantity. Cool the syrup.

Poke the cooled down cake on top with a fork in a few places. Drizzle or brush half of the syrup over the top of the cake. Serve the remaining with the cake.

Ingredients Required For Orange Saffron Semolina Cake

Semolina -best to use fine semolina and not the coarse one.

Almond Powder – grind almonds with the skin. Can replace it with almond flour.

Butter – unsalted or salted. For the cake and greasing the pan.

Eggs – large

Sugar – caster sugar

Baking Powder – as the leavening agent


Saffron – soak in 1 tbsp hot water for 10-15 minutes for best colour

Fresh Orange Juice – best to use freshly squeezed orange juice. To add to the batter and also for soaking the cake

Orange Rind or Zest – for flavouring

Whipped Cream – optional, for topping

Chopped Pistachio – optional for topping







Orange Saffron Semolina Cake is a soft, moist, aromatic, delectable dessert or tea time treat. Semolina gives this cake a very light and crumbly texture. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine International
Servings 8


For the cake:

  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 125 g butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp orange rind or zest
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands
  • 3 tbsp orange juice for soaking
  • extra butter for greasing

For the topping:

  • 1 cup whipped fresh cream
  • some chopped pistachios


  • Soak saffron in hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease a loaf tin 9"X 5" with some butter. Dust it with some plain flour. Tap the extra flour out of the tin.
  • Sieve semolina, almond powder, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Use a medium mesh sieve.
  • Cream sugar and butter till it becomes light and fluffy.
  • Add one egg and beat or mix till the egg is incorporated into the butter sugar mixture.
  • Add the other egg and beat or mix till the egg is fully mixed into the mixture.
  • Add the saffron water, orange juice and zest into the mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the flour mixture and fold into the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes or till a skewer or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven. Using a pastry brush, dab some orange juice on top of the cake.
  • Let the cake cool down completely in the pan.
  • Remove from the pan.
  • Spread the whipped fresh cream over the cake.
  • Sprinkle with some chopped pistachios and serve.


  • Serve with some extra fresh cream.
  • Use fine semolina as coarse one will make the crumb the cake a bit hard.
  • If you like to serve the cake with orange syrup instead of cream then boil 100ml  fresh orange juice with ½ cup sugar for 5 minutes over low heat. Let it cool and drizzle over the cake.
  • Can use a round or square cake tin.
  • Replace the whipped cream with some Greek Yogurt.
Keyword orange semolina cake, semolina cake

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  • The Girl Next Door

    May 21, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    The cake looks so, so good! Love the look and sound of this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Priya.

  • Amrita

    May 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    No words for the pristine beauty of this cake!Speaks volumes of taste and decadence!Wow!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      That’s so kind, thank you so much.

  • poonampagar

    May 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Semolina cakes are light and perfect tea time treats. Your cake sounds flavorful and the fresh whipped cream topping makes it appealing too ! Wonderful share !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Batter Up With Sujata

    May 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Cake looks amazing Mayuri. Loved your presentation and click. I wish I could taste it. Awesome share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks Sujata..perhaps one day when we meet.

      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        May 21, 2018 at 7:50 pm

        Sure 😊

  • waagmi

    May 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I am crazy about orange flavor cake…this is amazing combo you have tried dee….love the presentation.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 22, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Waagmi

  • saswatihota

    May 25, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Dee this loaf looks so pretty and inviting..
    Wish I could have a piece.😃I have yet to try a semolina cake …. bookmarking this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Saswati thank you and please do try it. It turns out really good. You could add some alcohol if you wish.

  • chefmireille

    May 26, 2018 at 4:21 am

    what a gorgeous cake and I LOVE he flavor profile

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille.

  • Honey @ The Girl Next Shore

    May 26, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Oooh, I love a good semolina cake! And i love what you did with the icing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much Honey.

  • Jacqueline Debono

    May 26, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I love the combination of flavours in this cake. Orange and saffron sounds divine. Would love to try it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you Jacqueline. The combination does taste good.

  • Preethi Prasad

    May 26, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Oranges do add a refreshing taste to the cake. Cake served with whipped cream is so tempting. Wonderful clicks !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. I love orange and lemon flavors in a cake.

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

    May 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Wow! Saffron in a cake? How fancy!
    And I was also very curious about the royal wedding cakes. I like how the frosting looks doable: even for me :p

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Cathleen, I love baking but hate icing the cake…so usually try out doable frosting.

  • Lisa

    May 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    This is so pretty! love it and all the flavors! What a delicious looking cake!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa.

  • kritisinghal2403

    May 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    In love with this.. truly the royal flavors and royal beauty 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Kriti.

  • Camila Hurst – Pies and Tacos

    May 27, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Love semolina cakes! This looks lovely! So delicious and beautiful!

  • Syama

    May 27, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Absolutely in love with the presentation ! Semolina cakes are soft spot of mine. Beautiful flavors and textures. Lovely recipe !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much Syama.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    May 27, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Citrus flavored any dish is my topmost fav always. this orange saffron semolina cake looks awesome and must try soon 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 27, 2018 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, I too love citrus flavors.

  • Casey Rodweller

    May 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This cake looks absolutely delicious. I love saffron and I love orange. I actually have saffron on hand right now so I will definitely be making this!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 28, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you Casey. Please do try out the recipe and let me know how it turned out.

  • bluebowlsteph

    May 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    This looks and sounds so delicious! I love orange flavor in cake

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks Stephanie.

  • afoodiehousewife

    June 12, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    This one looks gorgeous and soft and pretty! Love everything about it!  

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Mallika.

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