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A top down view of eight square slices of yellow sfoof turmeric cake on a white square porcelain board.
Turmeric Cake (Sfoof)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This cake is easy to make, using only one bowl - vibrantly yellow cake with delicious rich flavours from turmeric. A perfect cake for a mid-morning cup of coffee, it's inspired by the sfoof turmeric cake of the Middle East.

Made with vegetable shortening that's easy to mix, so there's no need for an electric mixer, and it's egg free (so easily scalable) and suitable for vegans.

Course: Cake, Cakes
Cuisine: Cakes & Bakes
Keyword: Turmeric cake
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
To grease the cake tin
  • 2 tbsp tahini
Cake ingredients
  • 65 g vegetable shortening.
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 150 g fine semolina
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 280 ml almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  1. Heat oven to  180°C (Fan) / 375°F / Gas mark 5. Line a a 10" x 6" (25cm x 15cm) tray-bake cake tin with baking parchment, and brush the parchment with tahini. A silicone pastry brush works very well here.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add flour, semolina, baking powder, tahini, turmeric, almond milk, and pine nuts and mix together.

  3. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and garnish evenly with pine nuts.

  4. Bake for about 30 minutes. Check to see if it's cooked through with a toothpick - stick into the centre of the cake. It's done when there's no wet cake mixture on the toothpick when you pull it out.

Recipe Notes

To stop the baking parchment flopping into the tray before you add the batter, clip it to the sides with small bulldog clips.

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Nutrition Facts
Turmeric Cake (Sfoof)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.