Laiik Makes Greek Food: Revani

Laiik Makes Greek Food: Revani

This month, we're making our first ever Kalo Mina Greek dessert. Revani, aka Basbousa, aka Semolina cake, is a dessert that spans Greece, Turkey, the Near East and some parts of North Africa. It has an interesting, and disputed origin story and a delicious citrus-y flavor and syrupy texture. 

Preparation time: 15 mins 

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 2 hours

Portions: 8-10


For the Syrup

  • 650 grams sugar
  • 600 ml water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Orange peel (from 2 oranges)
  • 50ml brandy

For the cake

  • 200 grams sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 170 grams flour
  • Orange zest from two oranges
  • 2 grams vanilla powder
  • 20 grams baking powder
  • 40 grams fine semolina
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200 grams Greek strained yoghurt
  • Butter for the baking pan
  • Semolina for the baking pan


Syrup Preparation

  1. In a pot, add the water, sugar, orange peels, and bring to a boil
  2. Remove off heat as soon as it comes to a boil
  3. Add the brandy
  4. Allow to cool.

Tip: The syrup will be better absorbed if cold, when added to the warm cake

Cake Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 deg Celsius, set to fan
  2. In a bowl, add the sugar and eggs, and beat with a whisk at high speed, for 5-6 minutes, until fluffy
  3. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, vanilla, semolina, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Transfer the dry mix to the bowl with the wet mix.
  5. Add orange zest from two oranges and the Greek strained yogurt.
  6. Briefly mix everything with a whisk or spoon.
  7. Butter a 32x25cm baking pan ← keep the size close to this for the recipe to succeed!
  8. Sprinkle Semolina over the buttered pan, and allow to cover the surface area
  9. Evenly spread the mixture in the baking pan, and cook for 30 minutes
  10. Pour the cooled syrup over the warm cake with a ladle
  11. Set aside for an hour until the syrup is absorbed


Serve with ground pistachio and Kaimaki (mastic flavoured) ice cream.

Vanilla ice cream as an alternative.

greek revani cake