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Lebanese Sfouf Recipe (Yellow Turmeric Cake)

This traditional Lebanese Sfouf (Turmeric Cake) recipe is a labor of love with a fluffy and rich cake that is light and delicious.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, middle eatern dessert, sweets
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 10 people
Calories 453 kcal


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ cup vegetable or avocado oil
  • 2 cups full fat or almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 3 tbsp. raw almonds or pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp. tahini paste


  • First, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Coat a 9x13 inch baking pan, or a round cake pan, with tahini paste. Use your hands, a brush, or a cooking spray.
  • Lightly dust the sides of the pan with about 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients consisting of all-purpose flour, sugar, turmeric, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add you vegetable or avocado oil and milk to the dry ingredients, and mix for about 2-3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle pine nuts on top of batter.
  • Bake on 350ºF for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.
  • Allow the cake to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting.



Tips for Perfect Results
  1. This recipe doesn't include semolina flour. But if you feel like that's an addition you would like to have, then replace 1 ½ cup of flour with coarse or fine semolina to your dry mix.
  2. Pay attention to your oven's heat strength. This cake may be done in less than 30 minutes, so keep an eye out for the oven.
  3. It is best to blend the dry ingredients first, then add in the wet ingredients and blend.
  4. If you are short on raw almonds or dry nuts, then a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds will do the trick!


Calories: 453kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 498mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 2gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 250mgIron: 4mg
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