Semolina Orange Apple Cake

"This cake is so moist and yummy, its a very summery apple cake and very nice to look at, too. Its sturdy enough for transportation, so it makes a nice gift."
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1 cake


  • For the cake

  • 3 small apples
  • 2 eggs, small
  • 2 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 12 tablespoons honey
  • 1 orange, zest of
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 34 cup orange flavored yogurt (can also use plain)
  • 150 g semolina (the fine variety)
  • 2 12 tablespoons ground hazelnuts
  • 1 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • For the syrup

  • 6 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • First quarter the apples. You can peel them, but I didnt find that necessary. Core the quarters and cut a criss-cross pattern into their skins or if peeled into the backsides making sure not to cut all the way through. Put aside.
  • For the dough cream eggs, sugar and salt for 5 minutes using an electric mixer. Mix in honey, orange zest, butter and yogurt.
  • In a second bowl mix semolina, hazelnuts and baking powder. Add this to the wet ingredients alternating with the orange juice.
  • Pour dough into a paper-lined or greased brownie pan (rectangular 20 X 20 cm/8 X 8 in).
  • Top with the apple quarters peel facing up. Press them into the dough about half way down.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 190°C/375°F for about 40 minutes or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Now make the syrup. In a small pot combine sugar, orange juice and honey. Bring to a rolling boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Poke the cake in several places using a wooden skewer. Then spoon the hot syrup over the still warm cake.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving if you like.

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