Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Eggless Dates Cake..a Beginner's recipe!!!

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Though I helped my mom in baking cakes during my childhood,this dates cake is the first one I baked on my own few years ago and hence this recipe is always special to me as this recipe has opened the doors of baking for me.Even before entering the blogging world I used to spend a lot of time surfing for recipes and that is how I landed on various famous sites and then discovered many food blogs.I have followed this recipe from Aayi's Recipes as it seemed very easy to begin with and you know I have even messed up with it and my cake was undercooked and also stuck to the pan.Later I tried this and made N number of times by now and it never failed me though it is the same recipe.The only difference is the lack of confidence before which I gained a bit now after lots of baking and I should say even small tips really helps a lot in successful baking.

I like to try egg less recipes as both my mom and MIL don't eat egg based ones and hence I always search for new egg-less recipes.This recipe was always a hit in our family and friends and is definitely a perfect treat for all those people who are in search of a good egg-less cake recipe if you are bored of regular egg-less chocolate or vanilla cakes.

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour or maida
18 seedless good quality Arab dates(Kharjoor)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup chopped cashew nuts/walnuts(optional)
Method:
  • Sieve together flour and baking soda for two times which helps in even mixing.
  • Warm the milk and soak dates in it for 10-12 mins.You can even microwave them for 1-2 mins so that dates becomes soft which helps in easy grinding.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 deg C/360 F for 12-15 mins.
  • Grease an 8" inch round or square tin with oil/cake spray and sprinkle a tsp of flour over it and turn the tin to coat the tin with flour evenly on all sides.
  • Once the milk mixture comes to normal temperature grind it along with sugar to a smooth paste and pour into a wide mixing bowl.
  • Add oil to the mixture and mix using a wire whisk or hand blender until the oil blends into the batter properly.
  • Add the flour one table spoon at a time and fold in the mixture slowly using a silicon spatula. Take nuts in a small cup and sprinkle a tsp of flour and coat the nuts well.Add nuts to the cake mixture and mix with a spatula.
  • Pour the cake batter into the ready tin and tap it once.Tapping means dropping the cake tin gently from a height of 1" above the surface which helps in removing the formation of any air bubbles in the cake.But do this process very slowly and gently otherwise the cake batter will spread all over the tin.
  • Bake it in preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30-35 mins until done,do a tooth pick test always to check whether it is done completely or not.Insert a tooth pick in the cake,if it comes out clean then it is done properly.Keep an eye after baking for 25 mins as it might get burnt as well depending on the type of oven you use.
  • Cool the cake in the tin for sometime and invert it onto a wire rack and rest it.Cut into pieces of your desired shape.
Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or as a snack at room temperature.

Notes:
  1. You can reduce the oil quantity to 1/4 cup for low cal version,I have even tried like that and the cake was still moist and yummy.
  2. You can even sprinkle some chopped walnuts or cashew nuts over the batter before baking which gives the look of a brownie.
  3. The color of the cake depends on the quality of dates you use,if you use regular ones it might be brown in color and if you add good quality dark dates it would come extreme dark chocolate color.
  4. You can even use regular dates with seeds but for that you need to soak the dates in milk overnight in the refrigerator.Remove the seeds and proceed with the same recipe.

70 comments:

Suma Gandlur said...

This one is a hit in my family too. I too have it on my blog. I use 1/4 cup fat usually and next time thinking of baking it using a couple of Tbsp or to go totally oil / butter free to see how it goes.

aipi said...

Wow, what a beautiful n mouth watering cake! Loved all the clicks!:)
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Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so soft moist and flavorful... Bookmarking and making this weekend dear...

Swathi said...

Eggless dates cake looks dleicious. Love this healthy snack.

Ramya Bala said...

Have seen this is so many blogs...very tempting cake and u have made it perfectly...

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks absolutely delicious

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Sharmilee! :) said...

I have tried the same cake too...Looks so soft and perfect

Satrupa said...

Luv the dark brown color of the cake. Looks so spongy and moist .... yummmm !

lata raja said...

thoroughly enjoyable treat with a moist cake! bookmarked!

One Healthy Cook said...

sure shot winner recipe.... a must bake ... adding it to bookmarked recipe!

Priti said...

This is sure one of the best n easy cake ...have in my blog too...yours looks so perfect

Padhu said...

Wow they look so tempting

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too have tried the same recipe from her blog with walnuts,was very nice...love yours!Has turned out perfect!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowww.. Looks absolutely perfect.. yum yum yumm.. thanks for sharing !!
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Priya said...

Dates cake are always our favourite after the vanilla and chocolate cake, lovely texture,super prefect cake..

garlutti said...

Hi I am picking up gradually recovering after being written. More great recipes that are delicious .. I am glad to visit you ... kisses thousand Marimi

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Cale looks perfect and yummy, nice presentation.

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Jayasri Ravi said...

Lovely delicious cake, love dates in anything!, beautiful clicks too.., you can send me the big one, my daughter will love it!

Sanjeeta kk said...

The cake has come out very well! Like the texture and color.

Curry Leaf said...

I too have bookmarked it from Shilpa. Yours looks GREAT

Jay said...

Drool..drool..drool...looks so good..I want to try this recipe..:P

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sowmya's creative saga said...

i have made this so many times..and absolutely love this one...

Sudha Sabarish said...

Wow that's a yummy yummy cake.I think this is the best way for me to have dates as i dont like have dates like that.

♥Aps♥ said...

I too ve a eggless date n walnut cake recipe vch i learnt 7 mnths back going to try this one too :) lovely cake

Raji said...

You have made this perfectly Prathibha...gorgeous colour and texture...like others I too have bookmarked this but never got to make it..time to do some baking now.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I also used to help my Mom when she used to bake cakes. Still I remembered I burnt a cake in microwave !!
Your's look perfect and moist. Nice presentation

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Rekha shoban said...

perfect cake!!looks yummy yummy!

DEESHA said...

wow, I love dates cake too .. eggless makes it all the more tempting

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow dates cake looks so wonderful and perfectly baked !! loved it !!

Nitha said...

The cake looks perfect...

jeyashrisuresh said...

Nice to see fellow bloggers trying ur recipes and no wonder that i will be in the listshortly as i have got my oven a few days back.
Wonderful cake and very timely post for me.nicely captured

Deepika said...

Looks absolutely yum! I am a novice baker, and always on the prowl for eggless bakes- so don't be surprised if I tell you I copied you on this one!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that is so well explained and with pictures too. Love this easy recipe :)

Nimi SunilKumar said...

bookmarking this recipe..lovely post!

Nithya said...

Delicious and cute looking cake :) The perfect shape makes me drool at the pics :)

Food Glorious Food! said...

sometime i wonder what can I bake with no eggs... Ta Dah.... here you are giving me a lovely recipe with no egg! Thanks for sharing!

Apu said...

Looks really delicious!! I have a stack of dates waiting to be used.

Archana said...

This cake is a hit at my place too.
Lovely pictures

kothiyavunu.com said...

Awesome mouthwatering cake..tempting clicks..

swapna said...

Tempting and mouthwatering cake....look soo yummy!!

Cooking Foodie said...

Delicious cake! And would u believe it - years ago this was the first cake I had baked :) with a diff. recipe ofcourse...

divya said...

looks awesome dear..lovely recipe.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...very tempting cake and beautiful clicks...

Rachu said...

super clicks.. it looks super moist and soft and fluffy!!! can't believe its eggless!!!!
AmmaandBaby

Varunavi said...

Mouthwatering pics,i love this cake.Wonderful pics....

Divya Kudua said...

Shilpa's Dates cake was one of my first bakes too.Love the simplicity of the recipe and perfect results it gives each and every time!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Simple recipe.....love the color of the cake....

hemalata said...

Looks so soft and tempting cake.Simply superb.

rekhas kitchen said...

Cake looks so soft and love that crumbly texture perfect one Prathibha.

Prathima Rao said...

Perfectly baked, moist & too yummy cake!!!! I had bookmarked the same from aayis site but never tried it out..Ur clicks are tempting me to.. :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Usha said...

This has been on my list of cakes to try for a long while now! It looks delicious and perfect...

Uma said...

beautiful clicks... cake looks yum!

Raquel@Erecipe Free Nutritional Calculator said...

just got here by surfing different kind of cake, I like this cake looks moist and delicious.

Deepti said...

Dates in cakes is always my favorite...they make the cakes so moist n sticky...lovely clicks

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Hamaree Rasoi said...

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Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

arthi said...

Thanks for visiting our site..looks so delicious..very tempting cake..

thekitchenaffaire said...

oooo.. i love dates :D your cake looks awesome

Damini said...

I was just looking for a dates cake recipe and here I come....I made it immediately and it was super easy to make... I messed it up by using olive oil.... its got a very distinct aroma which I dont like.... next time I will try with veg oil.....but still its all gone already....

Prathibha said...

Thanks all 4 ur lovely comments..
@Damini.. that was quite quick that u tried..olive oil might hv dominated the taste,so do use regular oil next time.if you want you can even reduce the oil quantity to half if u r health conscious..:)

Sushma Mallya said...

This cake is so perfectly done prathibha loved the cake beautifully baked I am bookmarking this to try next:)

Ambreen said...

That's an gorgeous looking cake! My mouth is watering. Can I have a slice?

Indulge said...

Found your blog on cook@ Heart.. Awesome blog you have here.. I too have a small and slow really slow blog...Am Still learning under guidance from dearest M... I have made this cake from Shilpa's blog but with Atta.. as my MIL does not eat maida...If you have time do visit my blog and would love conecting with you.
Love Ash.

Priyanka Agrawal said...

mujhe khana hai

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Anonymous said...

i prepared it yesterday for my niece's bday..it come very perfect..everyone loved it. Thanks a lot for ur post..

Devika Venkatesh.
Mangalore

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Dates cake looks superb and perfect.

sreelekshmi said...

hi i prepared it in a kadayi with oven... really cake was suprb

Madhuri Yeluru said...

My first eggless cake! Turned out very well!

Mitra - Cool as Cucumber :)) said...

Hi Prathy ;
Ur cake recipe was so simple and My cake tasted really good (a first time experience :P) I set the cake at 200 degree for 30 mts . But when I checked it was not cooked and so put an extra 10 mts and by the time interior was cooked it got burnt :D I was able to cut off the burnt portion and the rest of the cake was yummilicious :))

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