This vegan semolina cake is moist, lemony and syrupy, just the way it should be!
I’ve always loved the idea of combining sweets with syrup. This is why I love Middle-Eastern desserts so much. Yes, they are sweet, but you only need a little slice to satisfy.
Most of them are made with nuts with a base ingredient of pastry, semolina or polenta. They are denser but have a lightness about them with the addition of flavours like rose or orange.
I speak from my own experience, not about the cuisine in general. One of my all-time favourite desserts is baklava, a dessert I’ve been eating since I was little.
A vegan semolina cake that isn’t too sweet, just right
I have been experimenting with my version of a cake that is light but also incorporates a syrup. I wanted to create something that wasn’t as heavy or sweet. Admittedly, I hadn’t worked with semolina too much before, so I wanted to challenge myself, and I found that it works well in cakes and slices.
I can’t wait to explore this ingredient further in future recipes.
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The trick is to use the fine semolina that acts as a flour base. It’s denser than flour but gives it a beautiful texture. Combining that with the desiccated coconut and the light lemon sugar syrup, brings everything together really nicely.
It’s light, yet dense, making it pretty irresistible. I can eat many pieces in one sitting without batting an eyelid! Bad, I know. The syrup soaks up well and contains itself within the cake, so you shouldn’t experience any dripping—if left to cool.
I think that it tastes even better the next day after being left in the fridge overnight. It has a slight custard cake-like consistency and texture.
If you don’t generally like citrus-based desserts don’t worry, the lemon compliments it. There is no overpowering flavour, so you can still enjoy it. The walnut adds that little extra crunch on top to break the softness of the rest of the cake. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe. I enjoyed creating it!
Where do you buy semolina?
Semolina is quite accessible. You’ll find semolina at health food stores as well as your local supermarket. I buy mine from a bulk foods store to reduce waste.
If you have no luck buying it in store, Amazon has plenty of options. I like this one in particular.