Semolina cake "Mannik"

Semolina cake "Mannik"

Mannik is the name of a cake from the typical Russian cuisine. It comes from the expression "Mannaja krupa", which means "semolina". In fact, the basis of this treat is simple semolina. Combined with a few ingredients it delivers a fluffy and very tasty cake.


  • 400 g of semolina
  • 350 g of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g of butter
  • 500 ml of kefir
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 150 g of sugar


Mannik is a very popular cake, because - in addition to its wonderful taste - it is also very simple to prepare. If suddenly guests appear at your door step, this cake will be the salvation in your hour of need.

As is often the case with simple recipes, the Mannik recipe can be varied in many ways. For example you can replace lean kefir with rich sour cream. For a chocolate Mannik, you take milk and plenty of cocoa powder. You can also spice up the semolina cake with fruit. Apples, bananas or preserved fruits, such as cherries or mandarins, are best suited for this purpose.

If you do not like a very sweet aroma, you can add some grated lemon peel to the dough. This gives this delicious semolina cake a hint of fresh acidity.

Russian semolina cake "Mannik", detailed photo recipe

120 minutes

1. Add kefir to semolina.

2. Let mixture swell for 40 minutes.

3. Add sugar to sifted flour.

4. Warm butter to room temperature. Crack open 4 eggs.

5. Beat eggs well.

6. Combine eggs and flour. Add butter and stir well.

7. Add semolina and baking powder.

8. Mix dough.

9. Place dough into a baking dish.

10. Bake 45 minutes at 200 °C.

11. Let semolina cake cool down.

12. Cut into cubes and serve.

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