Updated: May 26, 2020
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, people are experimenting with their cooking skills. This cooking has also made a lot of people try on their baking skills as well. But, all these cooking skills are only taking a toll on their health and weight.
Apart from this, there are so many people celebrating their birthday’s, anniversaries, and many other special days and the stores and supplies being closed, their celebrations are lacking the sweetness of a good cake. And, also we are all aware of the harm that maida and refined sugar does to our body. We always always to avoid eating these foods, but some circumstances just make it next to impossible.
So, considering the need of the people, be it adding sweetness to their celebrations, or testing the culinary skills, or not wanting to eat anything unhealthy, here is the recipe of a healthy cake that has no refined flour (maida), no sugar, no eggs, and even after all this, it’s extremely delicious with no comparison to the commercially available unhealthy ones.
The measurements for this cake are done using standard measuring cups and spoons.
Whole wheat flour - 1.5 cups
Jaggery - 3/4 cups
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Baking soda - 0.5 tsp
Oil - 5 tbsp (any oil without any prominent smell)
Vanilla essence - 0.5 tbsp
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Dry fruits of choice
Salt - 1 pinch
In a pan, add the measured amount of jaggery and 200ml water and heat it until the jaggery melts. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
Sieve the mixture of whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder.
You can sieve this mixture upto 3 times if you want your cake to be fluffy and airy, or you can just sieve this ones.
Now, add the cooled jaggery water into this and mix very slowly in the cut and fold method.
Next, add the oil and the vanilla essence, mix in cut and fold method and check for consistency. The batter should be of a ribbon falling consistency. If required you can add more water. But, do not make the batter runny.
Pre-heat the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.
Now, take a cake baking tin and line it with butter papers.
Pour the better into the tin uniformly but do not tap the tin. Tapping will not make the cake fluffy. You can swirl the batter the with a tooth pick or finger tip if it is uneven.
And then, garnish on top with the desired chopped dry fruits.
Now, bake the cake at 180°C for about 20 minutes. The baking time varies from oven to oven and also depending upon the thickness of the cake.
After 20 minutes, insert a knife and check if the cake is cooked.
You can also make this cake in a pressure cooker and the cooking time may vary from 35-40 minutes.
Ones the cake is done, let it cool down at least for about 20 minutes, and then it is ready to dig in.
Now that yon have a healthy cake recipe handy which is also very easy to make with all the ingredients available at home, let your lockdown celebrations and culinary skills have no limits with healthy eating. And also, even after lockdown, do not worry much if your kids or family or even you crave for cakes. All you have to do is, just bake the healthy cake with this recipe and enjoy your happy and healthy eating.