Semolina Cake


This is my family's favorite cake.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
1 - 9x13 inch baking pan


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup semolina flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups butter

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 10 eggs, separated

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons brandy (Optional)

  • cup almonds, coarsely chopped

  • cup almonds, finely chopped

  • ½ cup sliced almonds

  • 1 tablespoon brandy (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch baking pan. Sift together the flour, semolina flour, and baking powder. Set aside.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition, until incorporated. Stir in the orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and brandy.

  3. Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until medium peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into the butter-sugar-egg yolk mixture until combined. Gently stir in 1/3 of the flour mixture. Continue adding the remaining egg whites alternately with the flour, folding in until just combined.

  4. Stir in the coarsely chopped and finely chopped almonds. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with the tablespoon of brandy, if desired. Allow to cool completely before serving.


Semolina flour, derived from durum wheat, is available in health food stores and some supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

483 Calories
37g Fat
26g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 483
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 216mg 72%
Sodium 252mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 237mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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