Eggless Turmeric and Aniseed Einkorn Cake / Sfouf | © 2015 | | © 2015 |

Sfouf is a famous Lebanese delicacy infused with aniseed and turmeric spices. Traditionally it's made with semolina flour and lots of sugar. I have tweaked the recipe found on SBS to fit my taste featuring homeground einkorn flour, pure stevia powder and mango puree. The recipe is rather forgiving, so feel free to use other grains (spelt makes a great substitute) and nuts. The cake is traditionally cut into squares or diamond shapes before serving, that’s why it is called Sfouf, meaning “rows” in Arabic.

  • 1 tsp Aniseed powder
  • 80 ml Water
  • 185 ml Milk
  • 100 g Mango puree
  • 0,5 g Pure stevia powder
  • 125 ml Sunflower oil
  • 280 g Einkorn, ground into flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 50 g Pine nuts
  1. Grease and line a 20cm springform pan with parchment paper. Place aniseed powder and water in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until reduced to about 60ml. Turn off the heat and cool the mixture aside.
  2. Whisk milk, mango puree, pure stevia powder, oil and aniseed mixture until well combined. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and turmeric in a large bowl, then make a well in the centre. Pour in milk mixture, whisking to combine, then pour into the prepared pan. Scatter with pine nuts and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. | © 2015 | | © 2015 |


foodtravelandwine 27/4/15 06:05

I love how it looks!.,..for sure it is so healthy having turmeric.... I love this idea!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

Abbe@This is How I Cook 27/4/15 07:49

This seems so unusual. But in a very good way! Love the mango in this.

faithy 27/4/15 09:04

This look super delicious!

Marcela 27/4/15 09:16

The cake looks gorgeous! Love the mango addition!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 27/4/15 09:54

A beautiful and heavenly cake! The addition of mango puree is great.



Emma | Fork and Good 27/4/15 11:24

I'm not usually a fan of Aniseed, but I'll be honest, I've only ever had them in hard boiled sweets. Does this taste like that?

It looks so beautiful though, you really have a way of making things look gorgeous!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 27/4/15 11:36

What an intriguing pairing for aniseed Angie! Definitely worth trying.

Medeja 27/4/15 11:41

it must taste exotic :) and color is nice

Beth 27/4/15 11:59

So intriguing, Angie. I'm starting to fall for middle Eastern food and I think I'd really like this cake.

Nancy Chan 27/4/15 13:29

I am sure I will like this puree and pine nuts, both I like.

Tania@ MyKitchen Stories 27/4/15 13:36

Angie this cake looks so very lovely. The pinenuts and the colour.

Ritu Ahuja 27/4/15 13:56

It looks delicious Angie. I wish I could grab a bite of this lovely cake. Yum yum yum :)

Tricia Buice 27/4/15 15:15

The mango puree is brilliant and must be a wonderful addition to this lovely cake. Adore aniseed too - have a terrific week Angie!

Ann Low 27/4/15 15:40

This is my kind of cake, healthy and nutty!

Alida 27/4/15 15:42

Not only this must be delicious it is also so pretty with the seeds on top! I want to make this.

Veena Theagarajan 27/4/15 16:10

wow! this looks amazing.. perfect for the season!

grace 27/4/15 17:33

what a fabulous texture inside this cake, and on top as well!!

Honey Bee Sweets 27/4/15 18:35

Another unique bake! I bet the taste is really fragrant with the spices. :9

Monica 27/4/15 18:36

This looks terrific - so moist and golden. I love the pine nuts on top...and mango puree! That sounds delicious!

Kellly 27/4/15 19:04

This cake looks delicious, Angie! So light and wholesome and the mango puree sounds fantastic! Love that you added tumeric and aniseed too! A slice of this would be wonderful with a cup of tea right now!

Gingi Freeman 27/4/15 19:30

This looks so good! And great food photography, as always!! <3 -

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 27/4/15 20:08

Yummy, I could use a slice right now! ;)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 27/4/15 21:52

Yup, totally love this cake Angie, so up my alley. the flavors are awesome. I have homemade turmeric tincture at home, I could try it with that too. Love the mango puree in here too, just fab!

The Yum List 27/4/15 23:44

Oh, morning tea is looking great!

Jasna Varcakovic 27/4/15 23:59

Turmeric in a cake - sounds intriguing!

norma chang 28/4/15 01:08

Like the idea of adding mango puree, would love a chunk right this moment.

Geraldine Saucier 28/4/15 02:11

Looks delicious:) A perfect dessert.

Maha Gadde 28/4/15 02:50

Surprising aftr watching the Ings in the list.nice pics .

Koko 28/4/15 03:43

Love this! Especially with the mango puree and stevia. You always see pureed banana in baked goods, but mango sounds even better!!

Vicki Bensinger 28/4/15 04:00

I love that this cake has mango puree in it. I'm sure that makes it extra moist and flavorful. Great recipe!

Jeanette 28/4/15 04:13

The combination of anise and mango flavors sounds so intriguing and delicious Angie - so creative!

Gourmet Getaways 28/4/15 07:11

Sounds and looks really flavour - awesome combo of mango puree and turmeric. Plus the pine nuts for the crunch and nutty taste, we think this is great!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 28/4/15 09:01

This cake looks delicious, I like the flavours in it :D

Choc Chip Uru

CQUEK 28/4/15 09:23

I will want to have 2 slices please with a hot tea

Delectably Green 28/4/15 12:44

This cake is simply beautiful - I love the healthy ingredients - so creative - and sounds so delicious!

Nammi 28/4/15 14:06

tumeric in a cake? very curious about the taste.

Raven Driemeyer 28/4/15 15:22

You always have the most creative recipes!! Some of your ingredients I have never even heard of before! This looks gorgeous!

kitchen flavours 28/4/15 16:06

Such a lovely cake, Angie! I have never used turmeric powder in a cake before! A wonderful idea!

Pam 28/4/15 16:38

It looks incredibly delicious Angie!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 28/4/15 18:43

Great way to tweak a recipe, Angie! The mango puree sounds so delicious and must make the cake very moist.

GiGi Eats Celebrities 28/4/15 20:37

I am truly impressed NO EGGS were used in this recipe!! And it still looks so fluffy and delicious! You're a PRO :)

fimère .b 28/4/15 22:24

une combinaison bien exotique il a l'air moelleux et parfumé j'adore
bonne soirée

Kathy 29/4/15 01:11

This cake looks moist and delicious! I always learn about new ingredients from you, Angie! Quite interesting!

Gloria Baker 29/4/15 05:02

Angie a beautifull and delicious cake!

Look wonderful!

Juliana 29/4/15 07:15

This is such an interesting recipe Angie...the combination of aniseed, mango and the pine nuts on must be great with a cup of tea.
Have a great week :)

Anne Regalado 29/4/15 11:56

What an interesting combination of flavors , Angie ! Your substitution seems to have worked well as this cake look pretty wonderful :)

Joanne 29/4/15 13:37

Ooo I've never heard of this, but now I absolutely must try it!

Barbara 29/4/15 14:23

Delicious looking cake, Angie. I'd never heard of it before. Lots of flavors going on!

Patty Price 29/4/15 16:43

I always learn something new here Angie! Beautiful cake and photos, wish I could reach in and grab a piece of your cake ;)

Esther Lau 29/4/15 17:19

Wow! Very special combination! I Delicious+++

dedy oktavianus 29/4/15 19:04

hmm, i only know saffron cake before, now turmeric?
you always surprised me Angie, this is really unique n worth to try recipe....
Dedy@Dentist Chef

Shashi Charles 29/4/15 20:59

I've never seen turmeric in a cake like this, Angie! Simply gorgeous!

ami@naivecookcooks 29/4/15 22:43

Angie such an unusual combination but I bet it tastes amazing!!

mjskit 30/4/15 04:00

I am in total AWE of this cake!!! I eat pine nut by the handful and love adding to salads with mango. And don't get me started on turmeric. So the combination of all of these flavors into one cake, sounds just downright awesome!

CookWith Manali 30/4/15 04:55

a very unique cake for sure! loving the addition of mango puree! Slurp!

Muna Kenny 30/4/15 12:56

Safouf is a dessert I crave for mostly on festive seasons, I'm impressed by your take on it and this cake looks beautiful and delicious :)

Sharon D 30/4/15 13:04

Angie, what a gorgeous cake. I am enamoured with the pine nut topping! ^.^

Christine Ho 30/4/15 15:26

Haven't tried using those powders, except baking powder to bake cakes. Interesting. Would love to sample a slice and feel how it tastes like. :)

[Reply] 30/4/15 16:12

This is the superfood cake. I can't believe this cake has turmeric powder, never seen that before, so original. I am pinning this sensational cake. It looks very moist too!

Ola 30/4/15 19:50

It looks lovely!i have never tried such a cake before!

Asha Shivakumar 30/4/15 20:17

I enjoy baking with anise seeds, so earthy and flavorful. I have so many lined up from your blog, it's not even funny. I should try this one soon.

Amy 1/5/15 08:30

Such a gorgeous cake. Absolutely love the color from the spices.

Asmita 1/5/15 15:07

Love the textures and flavors of this cake! Gorgeous presentation as usual!

Balvinder Ubi 4/5/15 05:24

Even though we Indians love to add turmeric in savory and sweets but I have never baked with it. This recipe seems to be of my interest.

Easyfoodsmith 4/5/15 13:09

Turmeric in this cake has really intrigued me. I am keen to try this and I am glad you said that any flour goes well for this cake. Gorgeous clicks

Liz Berg 5/5/15 02:57

The turmeric give such a beautiful color! And I love the topping of pine nuts, too!

tigerfish 6/5/15 02:55

This cake sounds very unique and interesting with the use of turmeric and aniseed.

Velva 7/5/15 03:06

I would enjoy this cake…with a good cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk.


Kiran @ 12/5/15 15:15

I could use a slice with my cup of tea, right about now :)

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 22/5/15 22:34

What a great flavour combination I love aniseed! This cake looks great.


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