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Orange Semolina Cake (Ravani Greek Cake)

Orange Semolina Cake (Ravani Greek Cake)

This Greek semolina cake is light, with an intense orange flavor and completely soaked in a honey syrup.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 253kcal
Author Lizet Bowen


For the cake:

  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100g)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (24g)
  • orange zest from one orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups semolina flour (150g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (62.5g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the syrup:

  • juice of an orange
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1/2 cup honey (170g)
  • 1-1/2 cups water (354.8g)
  • Whipped cream or ice cream to serve


  • Heat the oven to 176C / 350F. Cover a round cake pan (22 or 23 cm.) with parchment paper and grease.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric whisk, beat the eggs and sugar for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it triples in volume.
  • Add olive oil, orange zest and the vanilla. Mix with a spatula.
  • Sift the 2 flours, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour to the eggs and mix gently. Add the rest of the flour and mix.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center of the cake is firm.
  • While the cake is in the oven, prepare the syrup.
  • In a small saucepan add all the ingredients for the syrup. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and boil for 5 minutes. Keep the syrup hot.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely. When the cake is cold, pour the hot syrup over the cake.


You can serve it hot, or let it cool in the refrigerator and serve it cold with whipped cream or ice cream.
You can prick the cake with a fork so that the syrup absorbs faster.
You might need to pour the syrup a little bit at a time. Wait for the cake to absorb it, and then add a little more, until the syrup is done.