Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mosaic Cake

(Mozaik Pasta)

Mosaic Cake
60 ml unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
4-5 heaping tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup hazelnuts, crumbled, lightly roasted (optional)
300 gr social tea biscuits, use thin ones or Turkish Ulker or Eti Petite Beurre

Mix all the ingredients, except the biscuits, in a large plastic bowl with a spoon. Break the biscuits into small pieces. Put them in the mixture and mix together.

Place the mixture in the center of a 50 cm long piece of aluminum foil. Give it a long log-like shape with the spoon. Then with the aluminum foil, first fold over the long sides tightly, then fold the rims. Give it a log shape with your hands.

Put it in freezer. Leave it there for at least 2 hours. When you want to have some, open the aluminum foil, slice 1 inch thick slices and serve while still cold. You can keep the rest in the freezer covered with the aluminum foil.

Mosaic Cake with Orange Jam

Mosaic Cake with Orange Jam
1/2 cup Orange Jam, cut in small pieces

Prepare the Mosaic Cake in the same way. Add Orange Jam pieces and toss. Keep in the freezer then slice and serve.



At 9:28 AM, Blogger bozukplak said...

görünce nasılda canım çekti şimdi :)

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Afte reading this recipe, I now weight 2kg more! :)

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anonymous - It's fine to eat sweets as long as you don't overdo it. In fact your body needs it once in a while. This looks like a very yummy dessert...

At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always loved this cake as it is easy to make. Special tip from my Uncle Suhan - try a citrus jam as a glaze. Yum!

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick and easy! Just like babaanne's! Thank you so much for the recipe. Your site has the best collection of turkish recipes!

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ipek,
Orange Jam pieces go very well with it as well, which I will post
soon. I'll also try Uncle Suhan's tip :)

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks so good, I had to try it. But I'm afraid I didn't get the conversions right. 300 gr of biscuits seemed like a lot for the recipe.
Thank you for sharing the recipes. My mother-in-law is Turkish and is the most wonderful cook! But all of her recipes are in Turkish and I am still learning....I love that you have the recipes in Turkish and English. What a labor of love!

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you for trying my recipes:) Hopefully you can surprise your
mother-in-law with them :)
300 gr of biscuits are not much. It will absorb all the other
ingredients and combine very well. But if you like, add biscuits
little by little until you think it is sufficient:)

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found your website today! Thank you so much for all these great recipes! My mother was Turkish and passed away about 15 years ago - all these recipes make me think about the great meals she used to make! I was just thinking today about mozaik pasta (although my mother called it Turkish Delight). I can't wait to make it myself! Thank you again. Aysegul

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Aysegul,
Thank you very much:) I hope my recipes are as good as your mums:) I am sorry for your loss. If you have any recipes you'd like me to post,
please don't hesitate to ask. If I know it, I'd love to post it for
Take care,

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

I substituted "Graham Crackers" (used for cheesecake crusts) for the Petit Beurre biscuits because they were not available in my country. It was the closest thing I could find when it comes to taste.

They turned out ok, thank you for sharing this recipe =)


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Dear MeiMei,
Thank you:) What a clever substitute I like it:) I am glad it turned out well. Possibilities are endless for us cooks:)
Take care,

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur Abla You rock!!
Your recipes so easy to make . all i need to do is to print em out and hand it to my wife:

bugun adana kebabin ardindan mozaik pastaya yuklenicem. su an dolapta sonmayi bekliyor hehe

Keep up the good work!
fatih usa

At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Australia use Arnott's Arrowroot biscuits.

Keep up the great work Binnur Abla!
Deniz ipek

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sevgili Deniz,
Thank you for the information:)

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Binnur!

I am russian, and in Russia we have the same recipe for "mosaik cake". Only we called it "chocolate salami" :).

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hI, I cant seem to get the cake thick enough to mold mine comes out almost like water if you would answer me soon as I am having a prayer meeting on thursday and have to get this right Thank you so much

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It looks like, you forgot to add 300 gr social tea biscuits into the mixture:)

At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried using animal crackers since my daughter loves them and it turned out great.
I love your site. I have been looking for a site like this.

Love it!

Selda Seppala

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was one of my favorites when I was little, so I tried but only used 150 grams biscuit and believe me it was totally enough! I think there is something wrong about the amount of biscuits. If you want to double the other ingredients it would work that way but with the written amount there is way too much biscuit in there.The taste was perfect by the way...

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love your blog:))) I discovered it today after searching for healthy dishes to make my husband and I. My parents are Turkish and trying to cook like my mother has always been challenging for me. But with your help I may be in luck!! Thanks,

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally love this recipe.Also in Italy they called this recipe as Choc.Salami ( i doubt its russian since salami is well known name in Italian kitchen)Do you have any idea about the recipe called "snow white"-pamuk prenses.Thats how my aunt was calling but not sure if its the orginal name.
Rgds from Luxembourg

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Esra,
Probably your aunt gave this pretty name to the recipe:) If you give more information about it I can be more helpful:)
Take care,

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


We have it as well in Hungary ,and we call it chocolate salami just as like Russians:-)
I love yours website Binnur. Have done some borek the other day and it turned out great.

At 2:59 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I want to say that thisis a great site, thank you!

How many grams is in 60 ml of butter?

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:)
60 ml butter = 4 tbsp butter

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many people does this recipe feed?

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It depends how many slices you serve. It can be 4 - 10 servings.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this blogg is awesome..You let the turkish cookingcoulture spread very well Binnur abla..
Can I say Binnur abla?

Sweden ´den tebrik ve sevgilerle:)

Pss..I will make it now.. kollari sivadim bile ;)

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Cok tesekkur ederim. Sure, you can:)

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Yagmur said...

Binnur Abla, I made this cake yesterday. Im 16 and my mosaic cake was delicious. Its easy to make and very tasty so I love it :) Thanks for the recipe. Take care :)Bye...

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Yagmurcugum:)
You're welcome, I am glad that you liked it:)
Take care....

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba.Im not from Italy,Russia and Turkey, and I have no idea what taste the cake should have, but I made an effort to make one today and I like it. One question is wether this cake is like icecream? Am I supposed to eat it very cold and keep in the freezer?My cake tastes like icecream for me and it's quite a change coz ive never eaten a cake directly from a freezer. Im a bit confused:P and im not sure if im not doing wrong?... Greetings, ann

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ann,
You are doing right:) Mosaic Cake should be eaten directly from the freezer. You should keep it in the freezer, then slice it up and put it back again:)
Take care,

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is ground sugar a powdered sugar?:*

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

It is ground sugar.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Binnur.
I'm anna of indian, portuguese decent and we make something similar but its got crushed almonds in it and we call it crescent moons. and my greek friends make the same and they call it greek shortbread. i see your recipe doesnt have crushed almonds but i would love to add in a splash of rose extract for the special touch!

Tnx a lot, ur site is great. I came across it when i wanted to learn to make gozleme and now im addicted to ur recipes!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Anneline,
My mother used to put crushed hazelnuts in it. But I prefer to have the mosaic cake without any nuts in it. I love it with the Orange Jam:)

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Koray said...

I love this website..

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iyi aksamlar binnur abla bu kek yaptim bugun heroes bayildi. Senin tarifleri hep yapiyorum irlandada yasiyoruz ve burda fazla Turk yemekleri yok. Tekrardan tsk.. Ceren

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ellerine saglik Cerencigim:)
Ben de sana iyi aksamlar diliyorum...kendine iyi bak:)

At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally a Mosaic Cake that tastes awesome and is soooo simple. I’ve tried several recipes but none was so tasty! i also tried substituted the butter with cooking margarine and the cow’s milk with soya milk and it came out a super yammi vegan version mosaic!!! Thank you so much for sharing the receipt.
I also thought that 300grs of biscuits were too much but adding in stages I indeed used 300grs and consider it a perfect quantity.

At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I make the same but with powdered milk so it is more solid and doesnt have to be kept in a freezer. Powdered milk has the function of flour because the cake is not baked. I also add nuts and raisins to the paste. Greetings

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tried this recipe and its amazing! I found they had just the right amount of biscuits, because they get absorbed into the mixture and it needs plenty of biscuit otherwise it will be too runny. Amazing and can't wait to make it for my dad who has loved mozaik cake since he was young.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so cheap and easy to make and it tastes amazing, definitely going to make this again and again!

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur, what is ground sugar, please? Thanks for all your recipes and help.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi dear,
It's regular white granulated sugar :)


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