Almost Turkish Recipes

Cheese and Olive Cake with Sesame Seeds (Susamlı, Peynirli ve Zeytinli Kek)


This is my new homesickness and feel-good cake!

1 cup yogurt

3/4 cup olive or sunflower oil

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup feta/white cheese

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1 cup pitted and chopped black olives 

1/2 or more chopped parsley

2-3 tbsp sesame seeds

2-3 tbsp nigella seeds 


-Whisk eggs, oil and yogurt together.

-Add in 2 or 3 parts flour along with salt and baking powder. Mix and make sure there are no lumps left.

-Fold in feta/white cheese, parsley, olives, and half of mozzarella cheese. 

-Pour the batter in a greased or lined 9 inch cake pan or a square one. 

-Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top. Generously sprinkle sesame and/or nigella seeds. 

-Bake in a preheated oven at 380-390F for 50-60 minutes or until a knife poked in the middle comes out clean. 

-Rest for 15 minutes on a rack to cool down and then gobble up. 


  1. just tried-- so good!

  2. Thanks for letting me know; great to hear you liked it.