Friday, March 4, 2011

Eggless Date Cake

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Date cake is the most popular cake in my house. We both love it and now Aamod is loving it too. When I offered him a tiny piece he wrinkled up his nose and winked his eyes. The usual expressions I get when he tastes something new. This time he paused, thought for a moment wondering what it is. Soon he gobbled up the whole thing  and was asking for more. I made this cake yesterday and by today evening its almost over. Its really really tasty my friends !.
 I usually make this version of it. This time however I made it healthier. Replaced the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour (atta), cut down on the oil and the sugar too.

Date Cake
(Adapted from this recipe on Aayi's recipes)

1 packet chopped and pitted dates ( the one you get in walmart) or use 18 fresh dates
3/4C milk
1/2 +1/8 C sugar ( or turbinado sugar or brown sugar)
1/2 C all purpose flour + 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C oil
1/4 C applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbl spn cashews, walnuts

  • Combine the dates and milk in a bowl. Microwave it for 3min. Let it cool. 
  • Add the sugar. Then blend the whole thing into a smooth paste.
  • Transfer to a big bowl and add the oil. Set aside
  • In another bowl sift the flour, baking soda and the nuts.
  • Now add the flour mixture to the dates mixture 2 tbsp at a time. Combine using the cut-fold method till all the flour is integrated. 
  • Transfer to a 8inch cake pan. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven 350 F for 35-40min.
  • If a tooth pick comes out clean the cake is done.
If you are hesitant to buy a big jar of applesauce try the baby food section. You can buy a 50cent jar just enough for this recipe. Or pressure cook some apples at home after removing the skin and the stems. Or use an overripe banana. The taste might differ but it will still be very good.
And here is one of us enjoying a piece of it... 


Priya said...

Super spongy and delicious cake..

bhakti said...

wow, looks yummy ... hope i get to make it soon...