rava cake recipe | semolina cake recipe | suji cake or sooji cake

rava cake recipe | semolina cake recipe | suji cake or sooji cake with detailed photo and video recipe. basically a spongy & sweet cake recipe prepared from rava or semolina with curd and milk. it has a strong similarities to basbousa, an native egyptian and traditional middle eastern sweet cake which is mainly prepared from sooji and dry fruits.
rava cake reciperava cake recipe | semolina cake recipe | suji cake or sooji cake with step by step photo and video recipe. there are several variations and flavours to this simple semolina cake recipe. while the cake can be prepared without any flavourings, but occasionally it is topped with orange syrup, coconut milk, rose water or any other flavored sugar syrup. however, this recipe is simple sponge rava cake without any flavour.

i am a big fan of this recipe and to be honest this is one of the baking recipe i had learned even before marriage. however, these days i avoid this recipe and prepare it less frequently because of my husband. he does not like rava cake or to be precisely does not like rava in a cake. i end up most of the time baking simple chocolate cake or mug cake. according to him, rava cake is very similar to rava kesari but a baked one. hence i end up preparing the later one with ghee and lots of dry fruits and raisins.

semolina cake recipe

while the recipe is extremely simple, yet few tips and suggestions for perfect rava cake. firstly, i have used convection oven to bake this cake. however you can also use baking oven or otg with the same temperature. further it can also be prepared in cooker with steam. you can check my cooker cake recipe for detailed recipe. secondly, never forget to add dry fruits and raisins or tooti frooti to this recipe. otherwise it would taste pale with just rava. finally you can also use vegetable oil or any other oil instead of butter for semolina cake.

finally do visit my other eggless cake recipes collection from my blog. this includes, chocolate cake, cheese cake, mug cake, black forest cake, banana bread, cup cakes, plum cake and chocolate mu cake recipe. in addition to rava cake do check my other recipes collection from my blog like,

rava cake or semolina cake video recipe:

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rava cake recipe

rava cake recipe | semolina cake recipe | suji cake or sooji cake

easy rava cake recipe | semolina cake recipe | suji cake or sooji cake
4.75 from 143 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine international


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¾ cup - 1 cup powdered sugar (adjust to sweetness)
  • cup semolina / sooji / bombay rava
  • ½ cup maida / plain flour / refined flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder / elachi powder
  • ¼ cup curd / yogurt (whisked)
  • 1 cup milk (adjust consistency)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • handful of dry fruits (chopped (almonds, pistachios, cashews))
  • 2 tbsp tutti frutti (optional)


  • firstly, in a bowl take melted butter, powdered sugar.
  • whisk continuously, till the mixture turns silky smooth.
  • further add rava, maida, salt and cardamom powder.
  • additionally add curd and milk.
  • mix well and soak for 30 minutes.
  • also add baking powder and baking soda.
  • furthermore, add dry fruits and 2 tbsp tutti frutti.
  • mix well and transfer to cake tin.
  • bake the cake at 180 degree celsius or 356 degree fahrenheit for 40 minutes.
  • further, cool down the cake completely. also transfer the cake to cooling rack to cool faster.
  • finally, cut the cake and serve rava cake along with masala tea in your evening snacks.

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how to make sooji cake or suji cake with step by step photo:

  1. firstly, in a large mixing bowl take ½ cup melted butter.
    rava cake recipe
  2. also add ¾ cup of powdered sugar. add 1 cup for more sweetness.
    rava cake recipe
  3. whisk continuously, till the mixture turns silky smooth.
    rava cake recipe
  4. further add 1½ cup rava, ½ cup maida, salt to taste and cardamom powder.
    semolina cake recipe
  5. additionally add ¼ cup curd and ¾ cup milk.
    semolina cake recipe
  6. mix well add milk if required to adjust the consistency.
    semolina cake recipe
  7. pour ¼ cup more milk over top and level it up. this prevents from drying.
    semolina cake recipe
  8. allow to soak for 30 minutes.
    semolina cake recipe
  9. now mix well and adjust to dropping consistency by adding milk if required.
    suji cake
  10. also add ¾ tsp baking powder and ½ tsp baking soda.
    suji cake
  11. furthermore, add handful of dry fruits and 2 tbsp tutti frutti.
    suji cake
  12. mix well making sure everything is combined well. do not over mix.
    suji cake
  13. meanwhile, preheat the microwave in convection mode / oven to 180°c for 10 minutes and transfer the cake batter to a cake mould (dia: 7 inch, height: 4 inch). make sure to line a butter paper at the bottom to prevent from sticking.
    sooji cake
  14. and also tap twice to level up uniformly and remove any air bubbles if present.
    sooji cake
  15. bake the cake at 180 degree celsius or 356 degree fahrenheit for 40 minutes. to bake in cooker check out the notes section below.
    sooji cake
  16. to check the cake has baked completely, always insert a toothpick at the centre and see if it comes out clean. else bake for 5 more minutes.
    rava cake recipe
  17. further, cool down the cake completely. also transfer the cake to cooling rack to cool faster.
    rava cake recipe
  18. finally, cut the cake and serve rava cake along with masala tea in your evening snacks.
    semolina cake recipe


  • firstly, if using salted butter then avoid adding extra salt.
  • also, replace maida with wheat flour to make cake more healthy.
  • further, add 3 tbsp cocoa powder to the mixture, if preparing chocolate rava cake.
  • additionally, to bake in cooker check out how to bake in cooker.
  • finally, use fine quality rava to prepare rava cake more tasty.


  1. Hi I have a doubt, I don’t have baking soda but I do have the baking powder. So should I increase baking powder quantity? Will it have the same effect?

  2. Can yogurt be replaced with vinegar or lime juice ? Will this affect the cake texture ? If so, how much vinegar or acetic acid to be used ?

  3. 4 stars
    Hii,tried dis cake today nd it came out very well.i am so happy that my first trial of baking was successful nd my 2 yr old kid liked it very much.thanks for the recipie.

  4. hi,didnt understand your line about the sugar –
    is it 1-3/4 cup or use 3/4 or 1 cup depending on personal level of
    sweetness? pl confim –
    would like to try.
    Wouldnt rose water be nice – if so how much – pl reply- thnks

  5. Hello mam,
    I want to try this recipe but instead of curd can i use buttermilk?? If yes then what qnty shall i add

  6. What is the dimension of the cake pan you use? It is my first time and I want to buy the baking tray of the exact dimensions that you use. Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    Hello Mam,
    I am a big fan of ur recipes. I tried the rava cake, it has come out well but I think even after soaking the rava batter for 30 mins it has not cooked properly I mean a grainy texture of rava can be felt while eating. I didn’t add the rava directly I toasted it to remove the raw taste. Is it because of that I get the grainy texture. Can you please reply.
    Thanks in advance.

  8. I understand oil can be substituted for butter but will there be change in the measurement. Do let me know if yes then canbi know how much oil to be added.

  9. 2 stars
    Thanks a lot for such wonderful recipes…most of them come out so nice for me …especially the eggless choc cake which i made two days back.but this rava cake when i tried now,did not come out well..i followed everything as above,but it was hard and white in color after baking for 1 hour..not sure where i would have gone wrong.can u help me understand?

  10. 4 stars
    Hi hebbar’s kitchen,

    I have tried this recipe at home. It turned out awesome. Enjoying delicious sooji cake.

  11. Comment: really the recipe of suji cake is so. simple & limited ingredients which are easily available in every kitchen.The suji cake is sooooo. delicious that no leftover for next day.thankyou so much.

  12. Hi – I tried this cake today which also happens to be my first trial with cake and trust me it came out so well that we finished it right away! 😀 Thanks for sharing this easy and quick recipe.

  13. Hi – I baked this cake today which also happens to be my 1st trial at baking cake. I must say it came out very yummy; we finished it within minutes. Thanks for the super easy and quick recipe! 🙂

  14. hi.. I’ve been following your fb page and recently downloaded app. I’m trying rava cake, hope it’ll turn out good.. please keep posting more healthy recipes. my babies are 1 year, so if possible please post some healthy recipes for kids.

  15. Nice receipe…..Can i use eno instead of baking powder and soda…And if yes, then how much in quantity

  16. Can we add vanilla essence? Does it spoil the taste. I don’t have tutti fruiti so planning to add little vanilla essence and try.

  17. Woon in South-America en geniet erg van jullie mooie en makkelijke recepten..vertaalt in het
    nederlands…God Bless

    • I translated to English with google translate “Live in South America and enjoy a lot of your beautiful and easy recipes .. translate into it
      Dutch … God Bless”

      Thanks a lot for such nice comments and wishes.

  18. will this taste same asthe one that we get from Banglore iyangars bakery.. im a fan of their rava cake..

  19. even i love rava cake and was tired of hearing about the similarities with rava kesri (minus the pineapple and saffron)..So experimented with finely grinding the sooji to a powder (to resemble flour) which turned out to be a huge success…so much so, that subsequently i have been using ground sooji instead of flour in many cake recipes…but of course, you do miss the texture of rava

  20. Hello Archana
    Thank u for posting this rava cake receipe.
    One query.
    I don’t want curd to be added in the cake.
    Can you tell me any substitute for this.

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