Monday, September 19, 2011

Semolina Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Sticky Plum Glaze Recipe

Semolina Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Sticky Plum Glaze
Semolina, chocolate, plum and yogurt sounds like too many contrasting flavours and textures in a cake but it all worked. The cake is sweet and tart, moist and dry, light and slightly heavy, silky and grainy, and delicious and delicious.

The cake is not overly sweet, the tartness from the plums provides a nice balance. You can quite easily finish a few slices, or even the whole cake.

Semolina adds a slightly grainy texture, as well as slight dryness to cakes, though not in a bad way. This cake is slightly dry, but also moist because of the sticky plum glaze. The grainy dryness that semolina brings to the party is perhaps a bit of an acquired taste, if you are not a big fan you can replace semolina with flour. I didn’t try this but it should work well.

For the sticky glaze I used plum jam which was very mildly sweetened. Adding golden syrup made the jam stickier. If the jam you are using is already sweet and made with pectin, you can skip the golden syrup otherwise the glaze will become too sweet. Keep in mind that plums seem to be get tart if you cook them.

Instead of using a cake tin I used a loaf tin. The cake was still delicious, the shape of the tin did not seem to affect the taste!

75 g butter, margarine or vegetable oil
100ml cup white sugar
2 eggs
100 ml semolina
100ml flour, sifted
50ml cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking powder
50ml yogurt
6 -8 plums

For the sticky glaze:
2 tablespoons plum jam mixed with 1 teaspoon golden syrup

1. Heat oven to 175 degrees celcius. Grease a round 24 cm baking tin.
2. Mix sugar and butter until light and creamy, add eggs, one at a time, and mix well
3. In a separate bowl mix semolina, flour, cocoa and baking powder
4. Add the flour mixture and yogurt to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated, do not overmix
5. Place the cake mix in the baking tin and top with slices of plum
6. Place in the middle of the oven
7. After 15 minutes spread plum jam on top (optional) and continue baking until the cake is done. Total baking time will be about 30 minutes

Semolina Chocolate Yogurt Cake with Sticky Plum Glaze


  1. Oh YUM!!!!!!!!!! Plum glaze is beautiful...and I never thought of chocolate and plum combination. What a fantastic dessert!

  2. This looks delicious. I've never combined chocolate with plums. It sounds great.

  3. That is just a stunning pic and it seems to taste as good as it looks.


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