Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Easy Eggless Chocolate Cake

My kids asked me to make a chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookie for them and i didnt have cake mix with me and i thought of baking it from the scratch and when i searched for eggless cake, i found this recipe. It was too simple and perfect for baking beginners like me :) My kids loved it and so did we.
I adapted the recipe from Sumathi's blog. She had submitted this as an entry for Madhuram's eggless event using white vinegar as an egg substitute. I was a little apprehensive, but i did not smell the vinegar at all.  This also uses the ingredients we usually have at home and made my job easier.

Ingredients :

All purpose flour - 1.5 cups (Can use whole wheat pastry flour too)
Powdered sugar - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 3 Tbsp (heaped)
Baking powder - 1 Tsp
Canola oil / vegetable oil - 5 tbsp
White vinegar - 1 tbsp  (I had missed this earlier. Thanks for pointing it out Veggiehut)
Vanilla essence - 1 spoon (optional)
Milk - 1 cup
Sliced Almonds - 1/4 cup (optional)

Method :

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Now add the oil, vanilla essence and milk and mix well, till it forms a smooth batter.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease a baking pan with butter and dust with cocoa powder and pour the batter in the pan. If desired, add some chopped/sliced nuts on top of the batter. Bake it in 350F for approximately 25 minutes. To test if the cake is done, insert a tooth pick to see if it comes out clean.

The cake was super moist and delicious. I added nuts only on one half as my first son isn't too fond of almonds!

I didn't wait patiently for the cake to cool down and i cut it as soon as it was handle-able. So, it wasn't a clean job and it shows in my pictures!! But,i couldn't hold my excitement as this was my first cake from the scratch :-) and my two boys and my husband were waiting to attack the cake..so i had to take pictures before it was gone ;-)

Note : I removed the vanilla essence as soon as i poured it, because the brand i got had a very strong cough syrup smell. I bought this vanilla essence from an indian store and it had no information about the qty to be used on it. I was glad i removed it. Even the few drops that got mixed gave a mild medicine smell to the cake. I added heaped spoons of cocoa powder to get a darker colour and it looked very rich.
If you like your cake to be sweeter, please increase the sugar by another 1/4 cup or reduce the cocoa powder. It was perfect for us, with it being little less sweet. Both me and my husband like it that way.


Pavithra said...

Looks fantastic Vidhya.. and the texture too is very very good.. hope u all had wonderful time eating delicious and warm cake for this cold winter. Superb !!!

s said...

thought i left a comment here earlier..anyway love the cake . texture looks real nice too.

Shama Nagarajan said...

gorgeous cake..looks perfect

Chef Jay said...

Wow, vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians would surely love this recipe. I'll include this in my list other than my own canning salsa recipes. Happy cooking!

Priya said...

Cake looks super moist,soft and delicious Vidhya..

newbie said...

Cake looks amazing. I was searching for eggless cacke recipes ,got thru your blog. i will try this weekend

Ms.Chitchat said...

Cake looks so soft and moist, loved it thoroughly.

G.Pavani said...

yummy n soft cake..

Shanthi said...

Looks gorgeous and sooooft. Nice blog. Do visit mine when time permits.

Vibaas said...

thanks all :)

Veggie Hut said...

Hey.. seems like something is missing in ur ingredients list.. how much vinegar did u use.. Delectable chocolate cake!

Cham said...

I ve baked with vinegar and amazed of the result too, this one looks super moist!

Vibaas said...

thanks all.

Thanks Veggiehut for pointing it out. I have updated the recipe.

Apu said...

Delicious!! I make a similar cake!!

Devi said...


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