Semolina Coconut Cake

semolinacake. coconutcake, vegetariancake, noeggcake, nobuttercake, oliveoilcakeThis butter free and eggs free Semolina Coconut Cake will blow your mind. This can be your perfect tea cake or that perfect afternoon pick-me-up cake. This is a very popular cake in many parts of the world though named differently. This Semolina Coconut Cake is also known as the famous Baath Cake in Goa or the Basbousa Cake in Egypt and middle east.

In this Semolina Coconut Cake recipe, I’m going to add the oven method as well as the pressure cooker method. I have tried both and the outcome on both methods has been awesome.

One thing I want to add here is that, in this Semolina Coconut Cake, you don’t have to use coconut if you are not big on coconut flavor. Add some dry fruits instead. But I love the coconut flavor, so I added coconut.

This is one cake my husband loves a lot. It gives me a lot of pleasure to see him enjoy this cake as he is very picky about other cakes. Another cake that’s a favorite for my husband and my parents is the Date Cake. I make either a Semolina Coconut Cake or a Date cake or a Pistachio Rose water Cake at least twice a month.

Since I decided to keep this post short (I know, right), I’m gonna stop talking now and go straight to the Ingredients.semolinacake. coconutcake, vegetariancake, noeggcake, nobuttercake, oliveoilcakeINGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup grated coconut (fresh or dry)
  • 1 cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1 TBSP vanilla essence


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F
  • Mix all the ingredients and allow to rest for 15 minutes
  • Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan
  • Bake for 35/40 minutes


  • Take the whistle and the gasket out of the cooker
  • Place a stand inside the cooker and put the lid on without the casket or whistle
  • Switch on the gas to high and pre heat the pressure cooker for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the semolina coconut mixture into a greased pan. I used a small square pan that fits into my pressure cooker but you can use small round ones.
  • Put the pan onto the pre heated pressure cooker and cook for 60/70 minutes on medium heat.


Do not use water in the pressure cooker

Do not use salt in the pressure cooker

Do not use the gasket (the rubber ring around the rim of the lid of your pressure cooker) or the whistle

Always place a plate or stand at the bottom of the pressure cooker to make sure heat is spread evenly while cooking

Keep flame to a simmer so that the cooker doesn’t heat up too much
Always be super careful when using your pressure cooker to make a cake and watch your safety.

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56 thoughts on “Semolina Coconut Cake

  1. Water will make it cook. Water won’t bake it. And to avoid the over heating, we have to cook the cake in medium heat. But it’s important to pre heat the cooker before you put your cook tin inside it. Also make sure to use s stand inside the cooker.


  2. This looks so lovely! I can imagine now, a slice with my morning coffee! I can’t wait to try it!


  3. Must try cake it is .. amazing
    Two questions
    should milk and yours be at room temperature?
    what difference does oil make in cake instead of butter ?

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  4. Made the semolina coconut cake..Such an awesome super moist cake. loved the taste of it…Thanks a ton for sharing it…


  5. I tried this recipe last night. The cake cane out smelling great but its literally oozing oil… its soaked up almost 5 kitchen towels of oil. And it still looks oily. Is 1 cup of olive oil too much for these measurements or have i dont something wrong here? I used the exact measurements to a T otherwise


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