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Semolina Cake

Candied orange slices are a sweet complement to this richly textured cake made with chopped almonds and nutty semolina flour.Look for semolina flour at Italian and gourmet markets or health-food stores.

Semolina Cake

Source: Martha Bakes, February 2011


For the Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups caster (superfine) sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cup semolina flour
  • 1 cup blanched slivered almonds, finely chopped

For the Candied Orange Slices

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

For Serving

  • Whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease sides of a 10-inch tube pan with removable bottom.

  2. Beat egg whites until stiff, approximately 7 minutes. Add sugar, then yolks, and beat until stiff, adding baking powder along the way. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, condensed milk, vanilla powder, and the orange zest until smooth.

  3. Fold the whipped butter mixture into the egg white mixture. Fold in cake flour, semolina flour, and chopped almonds.

  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and bake an additional 10 to 20 minutes.

  5. While the cake is in the oven, make the candied orange slices: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange orange slices in a single layer and generously dust with confectioners' sugar. Transfer to 350-degree oven and bake until bubbling and lightly golden around edges, about 20 to 30 minutes.

  6. Turn off oven and leave cake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove cake, place on a cooling rack, cover with foil and a plate to cool for 1 hour.

  7. Remove cake from pan and serve with candied orange slices and whipped cream.

Reviews (4)

  • Essence45 22 Feb, 2011

    But why vanilla powder instead of the usual essence?

  • DealeontheChesapeake 21 Feb, 2011

    King Arthur has the semolina flour as well.

  • DealeontheChesapeake 21 Feb, 2011

    Hi, infrared. Go to and search for vanilla powder. They give a full description. King Arthur Flour is a great source for varied baking ingredients.

  • infrared 21 Feb, 2011

    Where do you find vanilla powder ? And what is is ?

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