February 14th, 2009

Eggless Fruit & Nut Cake

Eggless Fruit & Nut Cake

Ro and I are not into celebrating Valentines day as such. But that didn’t stop me from making elaborate cakes (picture sponge cakes iced with fresh cream and strawberries) in the past. This Valentines day and the next few days are going to be different. We are looking forward to spending some quality time together.  Our first born will join us in a few weeks from now. Life is going to change forever. There is going to be added responsibility and gone will be those carefree days and years when we did whatever we wished and willed. There is much uncertainty, but we are looking forward to it with excitement and joy.


Coming back to Valentines day, this time I thought of baking something healthier, nice and less time consuming than the elaborate and lavishly iced cakes. My mind wandered to a recipe given by someone, scribbled carelessly in my notebook. I was craving a cake with deep rich flavours and decided to give this recipe a go.

Eggless Fruit and Nut Cake

I have used dates, raisins, almonds and cashewnuts. You can use any dried fruits like apricots, prunes and other nuts

Ingredients:

300 gm plain Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
150 ml oil
200 ml water
100 gm dates (pitted and chopped)
150 gm raisins or sultanas
100 gm nuts (cashewnuts, almonds, walnuts)
150 gm jaggery (or substitute with dark muscovado sugar)
150 gm sugar
3 tbsp fruit jam (preferably without added sugar)
2 tsp mixed spice powder
Grated rind of 1 lime

Method:

Grease and line the bottom of an 8” square or 9” round cake tin with greaseproof paper/baking parchment/butter paper. In a mixing bowl, assemble the flour, baking powder and baking soda, mix with a spoon and sieve once to make the mixture uniform. Heat the oil in a pan and add the fruits and nuts. Stir in the jaggery, sugar, jam and 100 ml water. Heat on a low flame until the sugar and jaggery melt, stirring all the while. Don’t overcook the mixture. Allow to cool and add the reamaining 100 ml water, rind and spice powder. Mix in the sifted flour mixture and beat with a spoon or a wire whisk until there are no lumps. Transfer the contents to the greased and lined tin and bake in a preheated oven at 150 degree centigrade for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

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  1. Simi says:

    A totally different question, but a relevant one as well. Connected to the recipe. Its about the medium of baking.

    Microwaves have the grill facility as well. It works as an oven in some models, they say. What’s your opinion on this? There is much debate on the harmful effects of microwave.

    Goes without saying, yum pics and how long for a piece of that cake, sitting pretty!

  2. Anushruti says:

    Simi: I dont use a microwave oven and am against the use of one. The effects are a debatable issue, but I believe that when in doubt to avoid, if it can be avoided. I have baked a cake in a microwave oven, eons ago when I briefly used one. In my opinion, a conventional oven works best for baking.

  3. Preethi says:

    what are the contents of the ‘spice powder’ you’ve mentioned?
    and Anu, i can only imagine healthy food coming from your kitchen for the li’l one on the way!

  4. Preethi says:

    Hey… Happy Valentine’s day!!

  5. Anushruti says:

    Preethi: The ingredients for the spice powder were mentioned in the glossary. There are some hurdles that need to be sorted out with the glossary which should happen soon. In the meanwhile this what I used for the spice powder.

    1 tbsp cinnamon
    1/2 nutmeg
    1 tsp cloves
    1 1/2 tsp cardamom seeds

    Grind everything together in a spice grinder or a coffee mill. I also used ginger powder in this mixture, but found it to be a bit overpowering over the subtle flavours of the other spices and I doubt I’m going to be using ginger powder again.

  6. Soma says:

    Congrats Anushruti !! Love fruits cakes.. one of my fav cakes. Lovely pics as usual.

  7. Meena says:

    Hi i guess u dont know me…found this site via the search engine. I learn your carrying, plz advise a suitable diet for pregant women, as my sister is carrying, 4 months.

  8. Anushruti says:

    Hello Meena,

    Welcome to divinetaste. Yes, I’m expecting and due anytime now. Pregnancy is a time when one definitely needs to pay extra attention to one’s diet as the health of both the mother and the tiny life within her are at stake. A good nutritious diet will ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and child. Studies have shown that a proper diet during pregnancy results in a healthy child at birth and also helps tackle pregnancy problems like nausea, water retention, weight problems, constipation etc. Having said that, there is a whole array of information and a list of do’s and dont’s in the form of internet, books and “well-meaning” people around. It can get confusing and daunting to the mother. What works for one may not necessarily work for another.

    I followed a lacto-vegetarian diet throughout my pregnancy. It was regular food for me but I made sure I got my required proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates through my diet. I ate (eat!) plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, greens, etc. Soaked almonds, raisins, turmeric milk with 4 to 5 strands of ground saffron (after 3 months), sprouts, buttermilk in the day time complement a pregnancy diet.

    Hope this helps. If you have any further questions, you can mail me or ask here. All the very best to you sister.

  9. Smita says:

    Hey Anushruti, you mentioned fruit jam in the above recipe. Is it mixed fruit jam or something else?

    Thanks!

  10. Anushruti says:

    Smita: Any mixed fruit jam would do.

  11. vanitha says:

    nice……..

  12. geetha says:

    Hi
    I was wondering if I could use whole wheat pastry flour instead of APF..
    Geetha

  13. Anushruti says:

    Geetha: Yes you could use whole wheat pastry flour instead of APF.

  14. Rupa Viswanathan says:

    Hi Anushruti

    I am a regular visitor to your website.And, I just love it! I am planning to make Eggless Fruit and Nut cake for my mom’s birthday next week! I noticed that you have Fruit jam without added sugar as one of the ingredients. Can I make it without the jam? Is there a substitute?

    Please help.

    Thanks a ton!

    Rupa

  15. Tejas says:

    Hi,
    Can you post measurement in cups? like how do I measure 200 gm jaggery?

    Thanks

  16. Anushruti says:

    Rupa: The jam adds flavour but you could try making it without it.

    Tejas: Metric measurements always give accurate results, especially in baking. Will try and post measurements in cups soon. 150 gm is approx 3/4 cup jaggery I presume.

  17. Priya says:

    Hi Anu,
    You have a lovely blog..
    Planning to bake this cake this weekend.
    Few questions:
    You never mentioned how the cake tasted..Whats the verdict? Is the taste of jageery overpowering?
    Can I use light brown sugar instead of jaggery.
    Thanks in advance. :-)

  18. Anushruti says:

    Priya: You could use brown sugar if you wish, but jaggery gives the deep flavours of dark muscovado sugar. and no, the taste of jaggery is not overpowering, Infact it complements this cake.

  19. Sannidhi says:

    I tried this one adding cocoa powder, I don’t know where I went wrong, making it not a good one :(

  20. Anushruti says:

    Oh dear…why didnt it work? Try some of the other cake recipes here starting with the basic ones. There are many people who have had success baking this cake though!

  21. sun says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    Tried this with wheat flour, was yummy. thank you.

  22. Anushruti says:

    sun: Wonderful!

  23. Nadya says:

    hi Anushruti, happy to have found your website! I love ayurvedic cooking and looking forward to trying your recipes! I am going to send this recipe to my mom in RUssia:) Funny how internet connects people all over the world. Your Indian recipe made it to New York and then to the South of Russia in just minutes:). Cheers!

  24. Anushruti says:

    Nadya: Hello Nadya! The power of the internet is immense isnt it? Thanks for writing and I hope you enjoy my recipes!

  25. DJ says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    Diwali wishes to you and your family!

    Would like to try this cake today. Can the oil be replaced with butter here for richer taste? My family somehow enjoys cakes made with butter more than the ones made with oil.

    Thanks!

  26. Anushruti says:

    DJ: Thanks and wish you the same. You can replace it but the oil works very well in this recipe and you won’t miss the butter at all. If you want to try a fruit cake with butter look at this recipe.. http://www.divinetaste.com/archives/eggless-fruit-cake/

  27. Mala says:

    I made this cake following the exact recipe. The taste was good but my cake sank in the middle. I checked the FAQ’s but could not figure out as I followed it to the tee.

    Could you help?

  28. Mala says:

    Forgot to mention the cake tasted awesome. Except for the middle sinking part and should it be cooled completely before cutting. Sorry for the basic questions I am new to baking. Truly this is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten.

  29. Anushruti says:

    Mala: The cake usually sinks when the ingredients are not measured properly and mixed well, the oven door is opened in the beginning, allowing cool air to go inside or there is uneven temperature inside the oven! Since, you are saying you did everything right…it is difficult for me to pinpoint where you went wrong…

  30. Ramya says:

    Hi Anushruti.. I tried out this cake, and it came out really well! Everyone at home enjoyed it, especially my father since he does not eat cakes from outside since they have eggs(he does not trust the eggless versions either!). So thanks a bunch for this recipe :)

  31. Rochelle says:

    Awesome! great cake. I tried it out and it came out very well.
    I am wondering if you have any tips for basic icing on cakes.

  32. Anushruti says:

    Rochelle: Glad it turned out well for you. Do take a look at my cakes and cookies section. http://www.divinetaste.com/category/recipes/cakes/

  33. ritu says:

    lovely recipe,,,,,want to try today
    i have already soaked some dry fruits in rum ,, will it wrk or i have to take fresh dry fruits, do tell plz

  34. Ashwini says:

    Hi,made this cake today.The experience of baking it was nice,i was trying a fruit cake for the first time,however there were a few things that didn’t go my way.
    1)The cake was too sweet,though i used half the mentioned amount of sugar (I thought of decreasing the sugar as i was using raisins,apricots,figs and dates,together 250 gm)..
    2) It took me 1.40 hr to bake it at 155 degrees…
    3) The cake sank in the middle.
    Would like to know from you if you can figure out what could have gone wrong. I used a kitchen scale for all the measurements.

  35. Ashwini says:

    Also 4)it wasn’t crumbly,it was soft as if it wasn’t cooked!

  36. Anushruti says:

    Ashwini: The amount of sweetness is very subjective and this recipe uses equal amount of flour to sugar i.e 300 gm flour and 300 gm sweetener and the cake is sweet but not overtly sweet. Looks like you used too much liquid so your cake was soft and sank in the middle which should not happen and would not have happened if the correct amount of liquid is used.

    A lot of people love this recipe ( http://www.divyascookbook.com/2009/12/eggless-fruit-and-nut-cake.html ) and I’m sorry you faced these problems with it.

  37. Ashwini says:

    Thank you for pointing out,i loved the taste of the cake but for the problems i mentioned. I am sure there must have been some mistake on my part. Thank you.wishing u a merry x’mas and a happy new year.

  38. Divya says:

    Can you please post this recipe with measurements in cups please?

  39. Anushruti says:

    Thank you Ashwini. Wish you the same.

  40. Divya says:

    I have tried this recipe twice. It tastes awesome. But I faced some difficulties-
    1) Like Ashwini said – it sank in the middle (your suggestion for the same noted..may be the consisitency was a little too liquidy)
    2) My skewer didnt come out clean at 1 hour. So I waited…and waited…as soon as I saw the edges getting charred at 1 hr. 20 min, I removed it. The result was that it seemed more like chewy fudge when it cooled off than a cake and I had also found it difficult to upturn it into the wire rack. ( I had greased the pan with butter)
    3) Also it overflowed from my 9 inch round pan. Like I said it tasted real good…so all’s well that tastes well. But is there something wrong I did here?

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