Cake Rusks

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Makes 2-3 dozen

A wonderful biscotti made out of strips of cake that are baked until golden and crispy! These taste oh-soooo-delicious with tea or coffee. Dunking goodness, YUM!

1 cup
all-purpose flour
1 tsp.
baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup
butter or margarine, at room temperature
eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup
finely grinded or caster sugar
1 tsp.
vanilla essence
a few drops of yellow color

Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt, then set it aside.

Beat the butter/margarine with the caster sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add the color and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add in the flour, mixing only until just combined. Finally fold in the vanilla essence.

Pour the batter (it will be a thick batter) into a greased and lined 7x11 pan. (You can use any pan you like, but I chose to use a big pan so as to get a thin layer cake, that way the strips are nice and evenly baked).

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Turn the cake out and let it cool. Then, using a sharp knife, cut it down the middle, then into thin strips.

Place the strips on a baking sheet, and put the sheet back into the oven. Bake at 150 C for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake the other side for another 15 minutes. If they need more time in the oven, turn down the heat a little bit and let them bake for slightly longer until they are golden brown and crisp on all sides.

Remove on to a wire-rack and let them cool. Store in an airtight container.

If they still don't feel as crispy as you would want, AFTER they have cooled completely, turn the oven on and let it heat to 180 C. Then turn it off and put the rusks on a baking sheet and put it back into the oven. Close the oven door and let them stay in there for about half an hour with the oven off.

Enjoy! :)



It luk realy lovely....i wl try it 2.

going to try it

It look simple n easy , will inshALLAh try it , Fauzia keep up the good work.

a.o.a how are you fauzia your work is amazing i work in a bakery but still i cant got the same result at home so i focus on your point than try once again

Assalamu alaikum fauzi'a, pls can I use dis cake as substitute 4lady fingers in tiramitsu? I can find dem anywia or can u giv me a different recipe 4dat? Jazakillah khair

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W/Salaam, yes you can use cake rusks, sponge cake or even sugared biscuits. Have you tried checking for them at the supermarkets?

Sis fauxia ina son na xama member ya xanyi tnx & God bless u ol

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W/Salaam, all the recipes posted here are mine (Fauzia M. Afif).

i made ur chocolate brownies n they came out truly delicious..but d plain vanilla cake didn't turn out tht well. I wanted 2 try out these cake rusks 2day but can i substitute eggs wid yogurt in dis recipe n how much n also oil 4 butter?plz rply asap.thnx

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W/Salaam, thanks for the feedback. What went wrong with the vanilla cake? Did you make any changes to the recipe? I have not tried substituting the eggs in this recipe so not sure how the results will turn out like.

salaam, iu made ur cake rusk, they turned put really well. was wondering if u have a recipe for rot( you get them in muharam) i think they are made from semolina..
thank you for the recipe :)

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W/Salaam, thank you! Have never heard of rot, how do they look?

Salam fauxia I made honeycomb bread it was great my family like it so much for cake rusks can I use normal sugar cos I can't find the caster sugar

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W/Salaam, you can make castor sugar by just grinding regular sugar.

is it possible to use ghee instead of butter when baking cookies?

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Have not tried using ghee in the cookies, sorry!

Salams fauzia. Can I use self raising flour instead of all purpose and baking powder?

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W/Salaam, normally a cup of SR flour has a tsp and a half of baking powder. That would be a bit more than what is needed for this recipe as we use just 1 tsp per cup of flour.

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gm and ml are different units of measurements, gm is for dry ingredients and ml is for liquids. Best to get a scale or a measuring cup for dry ingredients.

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W/Salaam, best to follow the exact measurements as I cannot be sure what size your teacup is or how much in grams it can hold.

Lovely reciepe...Takes me back to my childhood when these was my favorite snack .
Thanks for sharing fauzia


Fauzia, please can you tell me if I can use leftover sponge cakes to make these rusks?
Thank you :)

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You can, although cannot be sure on how the results will be as sponge cakes mostly do not use any oil/butter.

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Yes you can, just beat the butter with the sugar well to help it mix.

Asalamu alaikum suster Fauzia. Can I use plain flour. ..

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W/Salaam, All purpose flour is the same as plain flour.

I will try it tomarrow say me best luck

Salam fouzia h r u. I make cake rusk today and still thy r inn hot and off ovren .but they r not chang the size I used meanz phooly nahi. And still they r cake not rusk I do all ur tips but not crispy. The tast r v good same like bakrey shop. So pleaz upload the step by step picture. Its reall easy for us .

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W/Salaam, yes it should be fine.

Aselam Alekum sr. Can we use a regular cake for making this? ( a cake that contains oil)?

Salaams dear,you said you cut down the cake in the middle...I didn't get that point clearly...pls may u explain...jazakALLAH.May ALLAH bless u ameen for enlightening us.

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W/Salaam, divide the cake in the middle to make two layers.

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I am baking this right now and first batch is out...delish is the word !

AOA fauzia baji I have An electric oven so plz tell me how much temperature I set during bake the cake rusk u mention two temperature one is 180 •c and second is 150 •c plz inform me Bcoz my oven full temperature is 500 I want to try this recipe I never try the cake or cake rusk thnx Allah apko jaza dey Ameen

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W/Salaam. Sounds like your oven runs on degrees Fahrenheit, not Centigrade. Could you confirm this first please?

AOA baji me sure ni hn k kon sa oven ha but I think it's ferenheight pta ni yahan America me electric oven Jo hn kon se hn Pakistan me to centigrade tha kindly ap guide kr den mery pass booklet b ni ha yahan appartmnt me lga hoa tha oven bs andazay se hi use krti hn kbi sahi temp ni pta plz ap zror btaye ga shukria

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English please?

dear Namal AOA,
In north america oven temperatures are not as same as in back home Asia. so please convert all the temperatures for baking. 180 means you have to put 350 or 355 whereas 200 means you have to use 390 to 400 for baking. 500 is the temperture you will use to brown things especially if you use the top grill. i hope this helps you and nothing stops you from baking Fauzia's incredible dishes. Fauzia You are great, you taught me baking, May Allah bless you with happiness always.

Assalamo Alaikum sis Thnx a ot for ur all rcp's hv tried several times.
Sis whenever i m trying to login to my fkf account i m always unable several times i tried to change my password but always unable. Donno whts wrong . Will u Please check whts d problem is?
Now also i m posting this comment coz i requested for a new password in ma email but as usual unable to change it.

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W/Salaam, am not sure what is causing this but since you managed to post it means you must be logged in. So I do not really understand where the problem is as you are already online on the page right now. Is there a reason why you want to change the password? I can change it for you..just email me on

Assalamualikum Fauzia, I didn't get one thing that 1 cup (120 gm) is almost equal to 1/2 cup (113 gm) and less than 3/4 cup (150 gm).

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Different things weigh differently. A cup of stones would weigh more than a cup of feathers, right? Same theory here. Some ingredients are light so a cup of those is lighter. Some are heavy so they weigh more.

Assalam tried this recipe yesterday. But it did not get cooked in 15 mins. Had to bske it for around an additional 40 mins. I put it in an aluminium recipient which i normally used for baking cakes. I am surprised how the cake did not turn out well. I had all fresh ingredients in the cake even the baking powder was just bought. Grateful if you can think abt wat went wrong.


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W/Salaam, did you preheat the oven? What size cake pan did you use?

I pre-heated the oven at 180C for 15 mins. The recipient I used is a thick aluminium one in which tice can be cooked. I do not have the exact measurements but is quite thick and i normaly use it to bake other cakes. There was also enough space (nearly 1/2 of the space of recipient in terms of length)when the batter was dropped in that recipient.

Can u tell me the perfect size of cake pan which I can use.


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The pan size is given in the recipe.