Before I share this recipe, I have a question for you: Do you love cakes? ah…I heard Yes and can you resist chocolate cakes? I am sure it is a No. Yet you don’t want to compromise with nutrition , is n”t it? This recipe is just for you if you are a cakoholic and at the same time are also conscious of limiting the unhealthy ingredients in it.
These days, I love to make hand baked cakes, cookies etc for my family members on their birthday. September is a month of birthday’s in my family. The month starts with my brother’s birthday, who was out of country this time, then comes my little one’s birthday for which we went out of station and finally my sister’s (sister-in-law’s) birthday and I knew the best gift I could give her this time was a hand made, home baked cake. Knowing her, I knew that she would love it even more if she gets to know that the ingredients used are healthier than usual. I baked this cake on her birthday but unfortunately electricity went off just 10 minutes after the baking started. Thanks to my mom-in-law’s idea that we finally cooked the cake on stove by giving very slow heat with the help of multiple sieves. Due to uneven heating, the cake got stuck at the bottom of baking tin and I could not take it out. Thankfully, even then the cake turned out scrumptious and was polished off within half an hour of my sister cutting it! My daughter and niece just hogged on it :). So much so that even the birthday girl could not have it enough to her satisfaction.
I baked the cake again last week and the pictures in this post are from that version of cake.
- 1/2 cup All purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup powdered Sugar (palm sugar as healthier option)
- 1/4 cup Drinking Chocolate powder
- 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1 tea spoon instant Coffee powder
- 1 cup thick Curd
- 1 1/2 tea spoon Baking powder
- 3/4 tea spoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil (I used vegetable oil first time and home made clarified butter the next time. The butter one was heavier but then it is really nutritious for kids)
- 1 tea spoon Vanilla essense
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
(Recipe adapted from Divya’s Easycooking.)
- Mix the flour, drinking chocolate powder, cocoa powder and coffee powder and sift 2-3 times.
- Mix sugar with curd and beat well. Add baking soda, powder and vanilla essence and beat well.
- Add oil , beat well and then add small quantity of sifted flour. Keep adding flour and beating till you get a smooth batter.
- Grease 6-8 inch baking tin and add the batter.
- Preheat oven at 200 C. Bake at 180 C for 10 minutes.
- Take out the tin add walnut pieces by pressing them slightly.(You can also try adding them before starting the baking. I wanted to get the top layer broken texture so added them after initial 10 minutes of baking.)
- Bake at 200 C for another 25-30 minutes.
- Insert a tooth pick, if the batter doesn’t stick to it then take out the baking tin.
- Let the cake cool in tin for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Take it out and let it cool completely on the wire rack.
We went for a two a two day trip to Bharatpur last weekend (more on it in my next post) and I carried 3/4th of this cake considering it will be more than good enough for the three of us for a 2 day trip. To my surprise, the cake was no where seen by the evening of the first day! I would just say that try it out for yourself to see the wonders of this recipe!Tweet