Out of guilt /-/ Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake

Coconut semonila cake (1 of 1)
Now that the hangover has worn off, you are back in tune with the world and the reality that the credit card bill you got in the mail is indeed not a typo. I think a lot of us are thinking about changing for the better after being so rebellious.For a lot of us the new years means one of two things; feeling the full guilt of the Christmas/ Thanks giving/ New year’s parties or being disgusted at state of your house after all the parties. While I am toggling between the two categories one thing remains certain the New year has removed my rose-coloured glasses about the amount of junk/clutter we have in the house.  I know that junk is a very poor description but really some of the stuff I often find is.

Coconut semonila cake (10 of 1)
I KNOW you will probably be courteous and say “Oh it is not that bad”. I would do a before and after image to prove to you how bad it was however it was impossible to even take a photograph because it was packed to rafters.  Like many of you who are in their 20-30’s, your parents are most likely to be around 50ish-60ish. Not all people can relate to this but I am referring to the mindset of the older generation. Growing up my parents were not rich, life was hard back in China before the industrial revolution came and government rarely supported the people. My late father would sometimes tell us of the hardships which he faced as a child, not out of spite, but as a way of teaching us not to be frivolous with material goods. His mentality was if it was still in stable condition, we are keeping it. My mum is not as bad but still.

Coconut semonila cake (11 of 1)

No throwing out things when it is broken, he will try to repair it.  Broken? He will take it apart and salvage useable parts.


Coconut semonila cake (3 of 1)


Holey, torn clothes he would wear to the last thread and do not get me started on technology… We only threw out a computers that ran on DOS and Windows 98 only 5 years ago.


Coconut semonila cake (7 of 1)

Coconut semonila cake (9 of 1)

While I do admire his resourcefulness,  over the year the storage became a problem. I can not imagine what people would think of having more than 4 standing wardrobes and a double bed in a study room but we did. He never wasted an inch of space; if you could still move it was fine. I was complete the opposite of him, I always wanted to throw thing away. Sometimes we had council clean up however he would go back outside and pick up half of the stuff we put out.RAGE!!!! Now that I no longer a little kid, I am being a web/Pinterest/apartment therapy addict looking for way to get rid of clutter for GOOD. I will update you on the progress but if I seem crazy when I say this maybe I am. “cleaning/organization is addictive”. I leave it at that.


Coconut semonila cake (5 of 1)


Not more addictive than baking though! I am a great believer in desserts all the time all the time even if you are detox doesn’t mean I have to be on one too. Being inspired by a piece of middle eastern cuisine during the holidays I made a cake based on the famous semolina sweet. The semolina almond cake has a lovely light texture however textural thanks to the ground nuts and coconut It is also heavy soaked in a lemon syrup and studded beautifully with an almond.

As much as I want to recreate the real thing, I will fail to impress any mamma will my skills. So I do what I can and made a Coconut semolina naked cake with pineapple curd and pistachio cream. I am in love with using semolina in baking thanks to the lovely hue of yellow it gives to baked goods. However the use of pistachios is more flavour preference. Staying true the classic I used coconut in the cake a soaked the cakes in a lemon syrup to keep the texture moist.


Coconut semonila cake (8 of 1)


The cream is not a mossy green because I used flavoured oils which are clear but are better at imparting the real flavour without colour.  The curd is a summertime twist that you should do when you have wrinkled passion fruit. They may not look beautiful but the tip I pick up from Maggie Beer is that these are sweetest ones of the bunch.

A perfumed, lightly textured cake with a tangy edge of sweetness from both the syrup and passion fruit curd layers. Finished in a cover of  pistachio butter cream and crushed pistachios which not only made the cake beautiful as a high tea show piece, but is important the final taste of the cake. One bite of this and you will understand why semolina is more than just a flour for bread and pasta. I made cupcakes too to show you the curd which I think the best part it but then I am nuts for passion fruit 😉


Coconut semonila cake (4 of 1)


Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake with Pineapple curd and pistachio cream.

Make a 18cm double layer cake or 24 medium cupcakes.

adapted from Taste and SBS.com.au


Coconut Semonila Cake

1 lemon, stripped of zest

100g caster sugar

125g butter, unsalted soften

155g semolina

50g coconut

125g self-raising flour

3g baking powder

3g Mastic crystals, ground

5 eggs

1 egg yolk

5ml almond extract


Lemon Syrup

100ml water

150g white sugar

100ml lemon juice


Pineapple curd

Adapted from Cooks republic

6 passion fruit

150g butter

90g caster sugar

60ml lemon juice

pinch of salt

5 eggs


Pistachio  butter cream

240g plus 115g caster sugar divided
160g water
300g egg white
900g butter, cubed
7g sea salt
3 drops of pistachio flavour oil




At the same time, in a sauce pan combined sugar and water. Place on stove on medium heat. You are making sugar syrup. Place in sugar thermometer.
Once the sugar syrup has reached 113C.  In a stand mixer beat egg whites yolks until foamy and fluffy ( soft peak).
Heat the syrup, swirling to evenly distribute heat. Bring the sugar mix to 118C.
Once it reaches this temperature, remove from heat. With the stand mixer running on high, drizzle the syrup into the bowl of egg whites. Make sure to pour down the side to avoid the beaters.
Continue to beat until this mix is room temperature. About 7 minutes
Change to paddle.
Add the butter slowly on medium speed. Scrape the bowl often. Continue this process until all butter is added.
Add salt and flavour oil beat on high medium until fluffy. Set aside.



In a medium sauce pan melted sugar and butter. Add salt, passion fruit and lemon juice. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

In another bowl whisk the eggs well. On low heat, whisk the eggs slowly to the saucepan. Continue to use the whisk  to mix well. Switch to a wooden spoon to and continuously stir the curd until it coats the back of the spoon. Allow to cool in a another bowl.



Pre heat oven to 180C and line your cake tin with baking paper.

In a stand mixer, with the paddle combine butter, sugar, coconut, semolina, self raising flour, lemon zest and baking powder. Run until it comes to fine crumb about 3 minutes.  Add the mastic, extract and eggs and beat to well combined about 5 minutes.

Spread mix into cake tin and bake in the oven for 20- 25 minutes or until a wooden skewer/cake tester is pulled clean from the centre of the cake. Allow to cool in tin.



In medium sauce pan bring the ingredient all the to boil and dissolve the sugar. Place aside to cool.




One recipe of lemon syrup

One recipe of coconut semolina cake

One recipe of butter cream

One recipe of Passion fruit curd

Additional crushed pistachios

Un mould the cakes and cut off any bumps so it is flat. On a turn table place your cake on cardboard cake plate, using a small amount of butter cream to keep it in place.

Using a brush heavy drench the cake in lemon syrup. Place butter cream in a piping bag with 1 cm round opening and pipe a broader 5mm from edge of the cake.  Spread curd inside the circle and top with the next layer.  Brush on syrup to the top cake. Fridge for 20 minutes

Spread the remaining butter cream on the top of the cake and push it down the edge. Lightly coat the sides of cake and flatten the top. Sprinkle the top of the cake with crushed pistachios.

'Out of guilt /-/ Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake' have 22 comments

  1. January 5, 2015 @ 6:47 pm June Burns

    Ah I can totally relate! A room can never be clean enough. It’s a struggle 😛 the cake sounds awesome, love the “naked” presentation! Never tried semolina in a cake…very interesting 🙂


    • January 5, 2015 @ 8:41 pm themoonblushbaker

      Thanks June! We have made some progress though the room only has 3 wall selves in it now. Clean addicts forever right 😉 Try semolina in desserts, it never fails to impress!


  2. January 5, 2015 @ 8:20 pm Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Whoa. Totally crushing on this cake! It’s such a stunner!


    • January 5, 2015 @ 8:43 pm themoonblushbaker

      Thank you Katrina! I am big fan of your work, so this means a lot to me.


  3. January 6, 2015 @ 9:47 am CakeSpy

    No guilt. Only good times here. I love the look of this cake!! Pinned!


    • January 6, 2015 @ 9:55 am themoonblushbaker

      I am fan-girling right now that you pinned my cake! Thank you Jessie! Yep I life is too short to feel guilt over cake and a messy house 🙂


  4. January 7, 2015 @ 12:23 am Karishma

    First of all, pinning this cake because it looks divine! Next cake I’m making.

    My dad is also a pack rat. We still have our windows 95 computers in the basement, haha, though we’ve definitely moved on like a decade ago!


    • January 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm themoonblushbaker

      OMGosh! I though I was the only one; I think it has something to do with being a dad. Thank you for pinning! Your party guests will love it; mine was gone within minutes!


  5. January 7, 2015 @ 11:53 pm Cheryl

    Ohhhh yes. First of all, I think we’re in a bit of both worlds, feeling terrified at our credit card bills and shocked at the state of our we’ll-just-leave-that-there house after a 10-day vacation to Mexico right after Christmas. Holy.. but there’s nothing like a naked cake (and pistachio! semolina!) to make it all right. Except.. yeah.. that detox thing? I’m doing a sugar “cleanse” (? torture might be the right word) for 31 days (ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT OMG THE END IS IN SIGHT!) and I think I’ll deserve one of these at the conclusion. Like.. allllll to myself. Semolina reminds me of the sweet Pakistani treats that my husband grew up and adores and there’s nothing better than layers, coconut, nakedness, and fruitiness. It just doesn’t get better than that. UNLESS YOU TOP IT ALL WITH PISTACHIOS. It’s like you’re trying to get me to fail….



    • January 8, 2015 @ 12:14 am themoonblushbaker

      Thanks for sharing; I think everyone is beating themselves up after the holiday season. Cheryl you are a trooper for doing a sugar detox/cleanse/torture. Once I did a 7 day juice detox and the week after I was straight to my sugar/cheese loving ways.I encourage you to stay on it! I have to pay myself a visit to a Pakistani bakery because the flavour you described are my newest faves. After the detox, make this cake for your husband /and one esp. for yourself 😉 /


  6. January 9, 2015 @ 2:32 am Lynn | The Road to Honey

    What a beautiful cake. I just spent 3 years living and Kenya and got to experience first hand the idea that nothing goes to waste. Things that we consider unwanted trash in the U.S. were thought of as treasures in Kenya. It was very eye opening.


  7. January 10, 2015 @ 3:45 am Finn

    These look phenomenal. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth usually, but this one is a must-try this weekend!


    • January 10, 2015 @ 8:11 pm themoonblushbaker

      I am glad I could change you to give sweets a go 🙂 Thank you Finn!


  8. January 13, 2015 @ 5:11 am erin

    Lovely photos. I absolutely love making semolina cakes. I’m pinning yours for next time! And so glad to have found you, you have a lovely blog! Erin x


    • January 13, 2015 @ 1:20 pm themoonblushbaker

      I have a line up of semolina desserts coming up too! Prepare for more deliciousness 🙂 Thanks Erin


  9. January 24, 2015 @ 6:17 am Eat. Love. INSPIRE. | Buoy.

    […] Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake from The Moonblush […]


  10. January 24, 2015 @ 6:31 am Amanda

    Love!!!! Your pictures are beautiful. I featured you here: http://buoybyb.com/2015/01/23/eat-love-inspire-25/


    • January 24, 2015 @ 6:06 pm themoonblushbaker

      Thank you for linking Amanda! The other links are delicious too!


  11. February 5, 2015 @ 11:57 pm Tori@Gringalicious.com

    This cake looks amazing! I totally get being thrifty. My parents are the same way.


    • February 7, 2015 @ 7:40 pm themoonblushbaker

      Well I think it is the age that does it. I might get that way some day! Thanks Love!


  12. February 25, 2015 @ 8:01 pm Love List 2/25/15: Pistachio Recipies | Pretty in Pistachio

    […] 6. Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake, The Moonblush Baker […]


Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.