Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Semolina carrot cake

Today Eddie and I were baking a Russian semolina cake, which is known as Mannik (manna means semolina, and I jokingly name this cake a Semolinnik). There are many variations of the cake. It can be plain or banana-flavoured. Today I have chosen to bake a carrot-flavoured semolina cake. This is a lovely way of adding vegetables to your child's diet, and this cake tastes great.

If you love light crumbly cakes without lots of cream, then this is a perfect recipe.

1 standard mug of semolina (or 150g)
300 g soured cream
1 mug of granulated sugar (or 150g)
1 mug of self-raising flour (or 150g)
2 medium eggs
1 medium carrot, grated
1 orange
1/2 tsp of cinnamon (optional)
For the icing:
2 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp+ orange juice

1. Mix the semolina with the soured cream in a deep mixing bowl and leave for an hour.
2. Add two eggs, flour, sugar, grated carrot and the grated zest of one orange. You might also add cinnamon.
3. Pour the mixture into a cake springform and bake at 180C for 40-45 minutes until golden. Use the wooden skewer to check if the cake is ready.
4. Once the cake is ready, take it out of the oven, and open the springform to take it out. While still warm, add the icing on the top (mix the orange juice with the icing sugar).

This is our entry to the Appliances Online Cooking with Kids competition (link removed as expired). You can read all about it on the Red Ted Art blog.

He certainly enjoyed eating it.

I am also adding this recipe to the Tea Time Treats on the wonderful blog Lavender and Lovage. Its creator Karen is hosting this month's challenge. Kate from What Kate Baked will be hosting the next month's challenge, so keep your eyes open.


  1. Lovely recipe. I have a fondness for carrot cake so I may try this (when I have some time LOL). Love your photographs too:)) Deb (aspieinthefamily.com)

  2. daft question - do we use dried semolina or ready made? please let me know as this sounds nice @pooohbear2811

  3. That looks delicious! Such cute pics too :-)

  4. Such a wonderful entry thanks! And lovely photos too....Karen

  5. What a wonderful recipe! I will defo give this one a try! Thanks so much for sharing!!!