Today is Sugarfest, this feast ends Ramadan. This feast can last for up to three days and are filled with prayers and families getting together. Muslims show gratitude to God by special prayers. Apart from prayers Muslims are also encouraged to forgive and forget any differences that may have occurred during the year before.

But most people know this day because of all the food, mostly sweet foods like cakes and cookies. Now I like a nice piece of well made Baklava, I often find it to sweet. In Istanbul there is supposed to be a place where they make Baklava with olive oil instead of butter, making it less heavy.

I wanted to make something for this day, not because I celebrate Sugarfest but because of my study and my focus on Islamic history I always have a great interest for anything that has to to with Islam. Also, this gives me a reason to bake a dish I gotten from a colleague and I haven’t been able to try it yet.

So this is the recipe for Semolina cake with coconut. I made a small cake, but the amounts in the recipe are for a bigger cake. With the high amount of sugar it may not be the healthiest cake, but I don’t think they watch their weight during Sugarfest

What do you need (1 large cake) irmiktatlisi1

  • 1,5 cup of semolina
  • 5 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup of Turkish yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut (or more to taste)

Yes, I know there is a bottle of oil on this picture as well and you’re not using it in the recipe. At first I didn’t read the recipe very well and I thought the oil was used during the prep, but you can use it to oil your baking tin. I used paper.

Start by preheating your oven at 180 degrees. Beat the eggs and sugar well, after that mix in the yogurt and semolina  and mix it again. Add the flour, vanilla, baking powder/soda and salt.


Line a 20×20 cm pan with baking paper and pour in the batter and top of with the grated coconut. Bake your cake until it’s starts to brown a bit, for about 25-30 minutes. Take out the cake and leave to cool before you cut it into squares. Serve with a nice cup of Turkish apple tea!!