Yotam Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Cake

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recipe by Kamran Siddiqi http://sophisticatedgourmet.com

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    Total Time
    1hr 30mins
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based on 1 ratings

This cake reminds me of an Indian-spiced Tortilla Española. The cauliflower works excellently in here. You’ll not want to leave out the sesame seeds and nigella seeds. Parmesan cheese works beautifully here, though a half-and-half mixture of parmesan and gruyere would also work wonderfully. If you haven’t a spring form pan, feel free to use a regular round cake pan, simply use a large enough piece of baking parchment that hangs quite a bit over the side– this will make pan removal quite easy. Another alternative would be to use a square cake pan; it’s the same principle… Just leave enough overhang.

recipe updated Jun 7, 2019


  • Cauliflower icon
  • Red onion icon
    Red onion
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary icon
    Fresh rosemary
  • Egg icon
  • Fresh basil icon
    Fresh basil
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
  • Ground turmeric icon
    Ground turmeric
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    as needed
  • Sesame seeds icon
    Sesame seeds
  • Nigella seeds icon
    Nigella seeds


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  • kCook icon Parchment paper
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Water
  • kCook icon Saucepan
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Springform pan - 9 x 2.5"

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat - 200°C
  2. Get a clean large saucepan
  3. Add broken up cauliflower
  4. Fill with water until covered and bring to a boil
  5. Simmer - 15 min
  6. Drain then set aside
  7. Get a clean saucepan
  8. Add red onion
  9. Add olive oil
  10. Add finely chopped fresh rosemary
  11. Cook until soft and let cool - 10 min, medium heat
  12. Transfer onions to large mixing bowl
  13. Add egg
  14. Add chopped fresh basil
  15. Whisk well
  16. Add sifted all purpose flour
  17. Add baking powder
  18. Add ground turmeric
  19. Add coarsely grated parmesan cheese
  20. Add salt & pepper
  21. Whisk until smooth
  22. Transfer vegetables to batter
  23. Mix in gently
  24. Prepare a clean springform pan with parchment paper
  25. Brush with melted unsalted butter
  26. Sprinkle with sesame seeds
  27. Sprinkle with nigella seeds
  28. Toss until coated
  29. Transfer batter to springform pan
  30. Spread evenly
  31. Bake until golden brown - 45 min, 200°C
  32. Let rest until just set - approx 20 min
  33. Serve
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