Craving something sweet and a bit exotic today? Well, let me tell you about this delicious classic Middle Eastern Cake. Basbousa with Cream (Semolina Cake) (بسبوسة). It is a popular cake in the Middle East.

Do you know that Basbousa with Cream is one my favorite desserts to make and eat? I have made this delectable cake so many times for my family, and they enjoy it as much as I do. This cake is very popular all over Middle Eastern countries. Each country has its unique way of preparing Basbousa cake.

INGREDIENTS: For Basbousa Cake – ½ cup sugar – 2 eggs – 1 cup yogurt – 1 cup oil – 2 cups fine semolina – 1 tsp. baking powder – pinch of salt – 1 tsp. Cardamom powder, rose water, or orange blossom water.

For Ashta Cream Filling – 2 ½ cup milk – ½ cup heavy cream – 3 tbsp. semolina – 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour – 2 tbsp. corn starch – ½ cup sugar – 2 tbsp. butter – 1 tbsp. rose water or orange blossom water (optional)

How to Make Ashta Cream? – Pour milk in a saucepan. – Add heavy cream, semolina, cornstarch, flour, sugar. Whisk them to combine the ingredients well. – Place the saucepan on medium heat over a stove and bring it to a boil. Make sure you continue to whisk the mixture; otherwise, it will form clots.

How to Make Ashta Cream? – Once the mixture starts boiling take it off the heat. Add butter, and stir until combined. – Pour the cream mixture into a glass bowl and cover with cling wrap.

How to Make Ashta Cream? – Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. – Once the Ashta cream is cool enough, you can pour it in a piping bag and use it to fill up Basbousa cake.

How to Make Basbousa Cake? – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. – In a large bowl, cream together eggs and sugar. Add yogurt and oil; mix until all combined. – Add semolina, salt, baking powder, and orange blossom water. Fold with a spatula until all combined.

How to Make Basbousa Cake? – Pour half of the batter into a prepared baking dish. Bake for 15minutes or until edges are golden. – Spread Ashta very gently and pour the rest of the batter on top. Bake for 25 more minutes, broil on high until golden on top.

How to Make Basbousa Cake? – Drizzle cold Simple Syrup (Attar) on top. Wait for the cake to cool down completely, and then cut to desired pieces. – Garnish on the top rosebuds or chopped pistachios.