Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Delectable delight: Date cake

The most awaited recipe is finally here!

My inlaws had come over for a couple of months and my father inlaw loved the cake so much that he convinced my mother inlaw to have a bite of it.She had never ever in her life tasted a cake and she too went back home with the cake recipe.
I served it for DS birthday to my friends and they were bowled over.They couldn't believe that it was just an eggless date cake.

The recipe is so simple that you hardly need to pick a few things from the pantry.I strongly recommend not replacing the baking soda with baking powder in this recipe,it change the texture of the cake to a large extent.I prefer to bake it a day ahead or at least a 5-6 hours before it is served (I have to hide it though..).You can also use all purpose flour for this recipe but then the baking time would reduce to 35-40 mins.

Here's what you need:

1 cup wheat flour(I used Sujata atta)

1/2 packet of 13 oz baking dates or 18 seedless dates

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup sugar (I usual add a little less)

1/2 cup oil (canola oil or sunflower preferred)

1 teaspoon baking soda

Handful of raisins and chopped walnuts

The cooking process

Soak the baking dates in 1/2 cup of warm milk for atleast an hour.
Switch on the oven to 350 deg F.
Grind the soaked dates along with sugar,oil and the milk in which it was soaked to a smooth paste.
Sieve the wheat flour along with the baking soda thrice.This really help to make the cake light.I have always follow this as a practice since I baked my first cake.
In a large bowl add the paste,remaining milk and then fold in the flour one table spoon at a time. Add the raisins and nuts and mix only until everything is incorporated well.Don't over mix.Always mix the cake batter in only one direction,this helps to incorporate more air making the cake lighter.You might need to add few tablespoons of water to make a smooth batter.
Pour in a greased cake pan (I used 9*5 inch loaf pan) and bake for 45-50 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.Let it cool completely before you unmould. Brew a hot cup of coffee the next morning enjoy the cake and be ready to start a new cake fever.


If you do not own a oven you could bake this cake (infact any cake) in the pressure cooker.
Pour the cake batter in a greased aluminium or steel vessel.
Remove the gasket seal (also called the ring) and the weight(whistle) of the pressure cooker.In the empty pressure cooker without water,place a steel or aluminium plate and then place the vessel with the cake batter and close the lid.Let it cook initially on medium high flame for 10 mins and then on low flame for 45--50 mins.

Cooking tips
  1. A stale loaf of bread can be considerably freshened by dipping it in milk or water (or a mixture of the two) for about a minute. Then heat in the oven for about fifteen minutes.
  2. A delicious alternative to whipped cream is a mashed banana added to the white of an egg. Beat it stiff to look like whipped cream.
  3. Instead of tamarind, you can use slices of raw mango in meat and fish curries or dal.


Pari said...

Hi A! Thanks for dropping by. I had bookmarked this cake long time back and very conveniently have been postponing it.But after having a look at yours I am again tempted to make this.

Varsha Vipins said...

Hi Ankita..thanks for the have a nice nook here..Lovely cake there..dates are my fav stuff..:)

Uma said...

Date cake look so perfect and yum!! Thanks for visiting!! YOu have a lovely space with many yummy recipes :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks so perfect & very delicious...lovely click too ankita...

SE(Denufood) said...

HI Ankita...This cake so lovely and delicious..and thanks for stopping by at my blog..

Mandira said...

Looks delicious Ankita.

manisha said...

Hey Ankita I have tried date cake so many times. This recipe is so quick and easy. All my family and all my friends love this cake. Thank You very much for the wonderful recipe.

Ranjana Dhavale said...

Hello Ankita,
I am a silent reader of your blog.I am going to be featured in a Marathi Program in India called Aamhi saare khavaye and I will be baking this cake.Thanks for the pressure cooker tip.If you know marathi please do watch the episodes If it is visible at your place in USA.It will be broadcasted around 17 to 22th March.2010.

Thanks a lot.
Ranjana Dhavale