raspberry + cardamom semolina cake

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i first attempted this cake about two years ago and the result was a little disastrous. it was one of my first attempts to make a recipe on my own and i really had no idea what i was doing! to top it off, my oven liked to burn things (side note, check your oven temperature if you were once a decent baker and then start burning everything).

fast forward two years, lots of recipe testing/developing and researching later and the result is well worth the work and wait. this cake finally make “sense” to me after making the most delicious blood orange semolina muffins and was the first recipe i thought of to go back and try again.

now lets talk about the three main things that make up this fantastically easy cake! a dense, yet light cake made from a blend of AP, almond + semolina flour, fresh raspberries in and topping the cake, and don’t forget about the raspberry whipped cream. this cake is perfectly sweet, with bursts of tartness and notes of nuttiness from the semolina and tahini (yes, i found a way to use tahini in this, too!).

wait, raspberry whipped cream?! tell me more.

yes, you read that correctly and after learning this trick, you’ll be making raspberry (strawberry or blueberry) everything! much like my lavender sugar this is a quick sugar blend using regular sugar and a flavor add-in. for this you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c freeze dried raspberries
  • 1-2 c sugar
  • food processor

place raspberries and sugar into a food processor and process for 20-30 seconds. that’s it! depending on how strong of a raspberry flavor you want (or how red/pink) you want the final sugar to be, you can vary the amount of sugar you use. for this recipe i went with 1/2 c freeze dried raspberries and 1 1/2 c sugar. store extra sugar in an airtight container.

a few tips:

  • line your baking pan with parchment paper
  • you can use frozen raspberries for this, although fresh berries are going to hold their shape better (no runny juices)
  • if using frozen berries, make sure to completely thaw on a paper towel and pat off any excess juices before adding to the batter (fold very, very gently)
  • aesthetically, i would have loved more berries overall, and maybe a few streaks of color from the juices. my long way of saying, id try this with less than perfect raspberries if you like a “messier” look
  • wait until you’re ready to serve to add the whipped cream. you could even leave if off, add dusting of powdered sugar and serve the whipped cream with fresh berries on the side

happy baking + eating!

raspberry + cardamom semolina cake

a lightly sweet and nutty cake with bursts of tart raspberries, topped with fresh raspberry whipped cream
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries, cake, easy entertaining, tahini
Author: Megan


  • stand up or hand held mixer
  • paddle and whisk attchement
  • food processor
  • 8-9" round or square baking pan


semolina cake

  • 1 c semolina flour (163g)
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour (30g)
  • 1/2 c almond flour (48g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c tahini, well stirred (57g) (can sub with olive oil or melted butter)
  • 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c sugar (150g)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almong extract
  • 1 1/2 c raspberries (190g)

raspberry sugar

  • 1/2 c freeze dried raspberries
  • 1-2 c sugar (200-400g)

whipped cream

  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2-4 tbsp raspberry sugar


semolina cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking pan with parchemnt paper. set aside
  • In a bowl, combine semolina, all purpose and almond flour, baking powder, cardamom and salt. set aside.
  • In a stand up mixer, using a paddle attachment, beat together the tahini, butter and sugar until light, about 4-5 minutes.
  • One at a time, add the eggs. Incorporate each egg before adding the next and beat again for another 5 minutes. Add in yogurt and extracts. Beat additional minute.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet 1/3 at a time. Mix slowly each time until just combined.
  • Gently fold in about 3/4 c raspberries into the batter (reserving at least 1/4 c for topping the batter)
  • Evenly pour batter into prepared pan. Top with reserved berries.
    Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden and toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  • Cool in pan on a cooling rack for at least an hour. Remove from the pan and cool additional time if needed. Top with whipped cream and more fresh berries.

raspberry sugar

  • Combine freeze dried raspberries and sugar into a food processor. Process for 20-30 seconds. Store in an airtight container.

whipped cream

  • Chill a mixing bowl, beaters or whisk attachment for 10 minutes.
  • Pour heavy whipping cream into chilled bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Lower speed slightly and add in 3-4 tbsp raspberry sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, waiting until incorporated before adding the next.
  • Taste and adjust as needed. Beat until stiff peaks form.


This looks pretty with the whipped cream and berries added directly to the top, but  you can easily serve these on the side. If leaving the cake “bare” I suggest a light dusting of powdered sugar. 
this could also be baked as muffins. If trying these as muffins, start checking around minute 15-18. 

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