Revani: A Greek Semolina Cake with Syrup

Ravani is one of the most popular Greek semolina cakes with syrup. We usually name these desserts “syropiasta” which literally means "with syrup". For this ravani recipe, you need the following ingredients: butter, sugar, fine semolina, flour, eggs, the zest of a lemon or an orange, baking powder, one cinnamon stick, the juice of a lemon.

This recipe, which delivers 16 to 18 pieces, takes half an hour to prepare and 45 minutes to bake. Some valuable tips for this notorious Greek syrup cake. All materials should be at room temperature. Moreover, it is important to slowly pour the syrup with a spoon over the whole surface of the desert. Both syrup and cake need to be hot for this process. Finally, if you do not eat the desert on the first day which I hardly find difficult, you can preserve the cake in the refrigerator after you have covered it with a plastic membrane. Numerous fans of this desert prefer to enjoy it on the second day when it is cool, and the ingredients have blended more. You can give a more exotic taste to ravani by topping it with coconut flakes. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee any time of the day.

Revani - Ingredients

  • 1 teacup of butter
  • ½ teacup of sugar
  • 2 teacups of fine semolina
  • 1½ teacup of flour
  • 5 eggs
  • The zest of an orange or lemon
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder

For the syrup 

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • The zest of ½ lemon
  • The juice of ½ lemon

Revani - How to make

  1. Start this traditional ravani recipe by sifting the flour and mixing it with the baking powder and the semolina.
  2. Place the butter and the sugar in the mixer bowl and stir for about 10 minutes until the mixture gets fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs add the lemon (or orange) zest and continue to mix for a couple of minutes. Gradually add the flour-semolina mix.
  4. Butter a baking pan and preheat oven to 170 °C.
  5. Continue to mix until you get a homogeneous mixture and all the liquids are absorbed.
  6. Pour the mixture into the buttered baking pan.
  7. Place the baking pan into the preheated oven and bake for around 40 to 45 minutes until the revani cake gets a golden-brown color.
  8. Take a pot to prepare the syrup by adding all the ingredients and boil for around 5 minutes.
  9. Once ravani is ready you cut it into square pieces and with the help of the spoon, you gradually pour the syrup all over the cake and allow it to cool down to room temperature.
  10. Top it with coconut flakes.

Many Greeks call this cake revani instead of ravani. No matter how you decide to call it, it is equally delicious. Enjoy!