11 March 2008

Eggless Date Walnut Cake



Who can forget Shilpa's Date Cake, that spread like wild fever in her Aunt's circle! Well, it is tough to resist such a well tried and tested recipe, and I'm all for simple recipes...

I made a few substitutions in the original - increasing milk to one cup and oil to 1/4 cup, plus using whole wheat flour (atta) - and the result was a very soft cake. I guess the date puree itself gives a soft texture, for the same reason as applesauce.

Also I used organic jaggery instead of sugar, pureeing it with the soaked dates. Next time, I will lessen the jaggery used - as the dates provided enough sweetness as it is.

I also topped the entire cake with shredded coconut and plenty of walnuts, adding some chopped walnuts to the batter. The taste of the walnuts cut through the sweetness of the dates, and the smelling of toasting coconut shreds while the cake was baking was pretty heavenly.

This is a kind of cake you can send in your kid's lunch box as a snack. The dates and jaggery make it an iron rich, high-energy snack.

Do check out the original recipe at Aayi's Recipes and I'm sure the fever will continue to spread!

24 comments:

jayasree said...

Liked the twist given Shilpa's dates cake. AS u said, it is a hit in my house too. Its absolutely foolproof.

bee said...

that is a beautiful cake. dates are fabulous additions to any sweet treat.

LisaRene said...

This IS a very interesting recipe. I suspect the dates give the cake almost a brownie like texture. I would follow you lead and decrease the oil as well. I find that more often then not you can do so with no problem.

sowmya said...

The topping looks wonderful..the cake is so tempting..i just cant stop looking at it..drooling now..

remya said...

cake looks superb...i have tried eggless...but it was a flop...next time i'll try ur version...

Saudi Sambhar said...

Hi Beautiful....

lovely cake... will be making it soon..

meanwhile chk out my blog in new improved avatar.

Finally figured out to make the paras.

Yahoo!!!!

Stop sniggering. I know it was sinple darling.

TC

Love

satya said...

I made Shilpa's date cake several times.It's a superrrrrr hit. Now I'll try this.Thank you Nandita.

Shilpa said...

Good substitutions Nandita. I am going to try it your way next time. It looks good. Btw..last time, I made the cake without oil(all remaining ingredients same) and it came out very well. So you can completely leave the oil out to cut down calories :). Thanks for this lovely post :)

Aaarti said...

Hey lady
coming by after long.. lovely recipe, chked out the other one as well.. shall try it out soon..

maybe tomorrow- for my sis's bday
:)

Trupti said...

cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Mansi Desai said...

I have been toying with the idea of date cake for some time now...Thanks for inspiring me with this recipe nandita:)

Ricki said...

This does look lovely! I use dates a lot in baking, as they can also replace some of the sweetener. Look forward to trying this one out.

Red Chillies said...

Very nice. 2 things that is raring me to go try this is jaggery and wheatflour!

Miri said...

This looks like a fabulous combo! I made an orange date cake recently and the dates were a great addition!

Raaga said...

I have some date syrup... will see how I can substitute something with that!! :-)

Saudi Sambhar said...

Hi Beautiful

Made it. Ate it. Loved it. though the kids refused to have anything to do with the date-walnut cake. well we didn't ask them a second time though...

It was reallly super!!

Thanks again.

Love

Nandita said...


Shilpa - Will try without any of the oil next time :) then it will be absolutely guiltfree.

Miri- Hey, I think any citrus will be a great idea to cut through the sweetness of the cake from the dates and jaggery - i guess i will add some orange rind the next time and even some cointreau.

Raaga - I'm sure that will work, you just have to adjust the solid- liquid balance in some way.

SaudiS- Since you are in date land, you can make this cake ever so often...and anyway since your kids aren't interested, go ahead and add some rum or amaretto into the cake batter - it will be even more heavenly!

Anonymous said...

Hi This is graet cake for heam-up.hey tell me if can make this cake on microwave????.
-sharada

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Loved your recipe ...wanna try it out becoz of 2 reasons: wheat flour,n jaggery....Please can u tell me to what amount were u able to reduce the jaggery to?? to get the best taste.
I want to make this for my sugar loving kids....(tryg to cut down on sugar)
Thanx a ton :)

Charu said...

Hi Nandita,

Came across this cake recipe quite by accident and boy am I glad! I tried this today and the cake is awsome. I am always on the look out for healthy recipes and this is delicious to boot :) Am definitely going to be visiting this website more often. Thanks Nandita:)

Roxanne said...

Wow this is so interesting. I love this..

Neck Traction said...

Wow seems to be a nice recipe. For the moment of truth I don’t like dates. But while seeing this delicious dish I’d give a try. I know that Dates are good for health too. Since it have no eggs even vegetarian can eat this. Thanks for the recipe that can make me love to have dates.

Chitra said...

Hi nand,
Can I use ordinary jaggery? I don't have organic jageery.

KD said...

Hey Nandita,

What brand of dates did you use? Stores like hyper city have only lion dates which aren't great.any other brand that you can suggest?

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