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Basbosa | basbousa (semolina cake) (بسبوسة)

Who’s feeling cake today? Now, let me tell you about this delicious classic middle Eastern cake. Basbosa, basbousa (semolina cake) (بسبوسة) is a popular cake in the Middle East made with semolina and yogurt. This cake is a one bowl “dump cake recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East,
Keyword: Basbosa,, basbousa with cream,, basbousa,
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Jeehan



  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups fine semolina
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder, rose water, or orange blossom water.


  • 2 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoon semolina
  • 2 tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon rose water or orange blossom water (optional)

Simple Syrup (Attar)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or ⅛ teaspoon citric acid


How to make Simple Syrup (Attar)

  • In a large pot, add sugar to the pot, add water and lemon juice. WAIT Don’t stir. You don’t have to stir the mixture.
  • Boil on high heat for only 4 minutes only. Lower the heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes. 
  • Remove the pot from the heat, let it cool down completely before using it.


  • In a saucepan, pour milk. Add heavy cream, semolina, corn starch, flour, sugar, and whisk until everything is well combined. 
  • Place the saucepan on medium heat over a stove and bring it to a boil. Make sure you continue to whisk it : otherwise, it will form clots. 
  • Once the mixture starts boiling, take the mixture off the heat, add butter, and stir until combined.
  • Pour the cream mixture into a glass bowl and cover with cling wrap. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

How to make basbosa 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.
  • Pour half of the batter into a prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes 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.
  • Drizzle cold simple syrup (Attar) on top. Wait for the cake to cool down completely and then cut to desired pieces.



Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg