Eggless Chocolate Cake

I still remember when we were young and my older sister had baked a cake for the first time and iced it saying ‘Happy Holidays’. My mother would get us to try out new recipes, just so as we would learn, she knows and cooks so much, yet until last year she had never tried to make a cake. Being vegetarian, it is always essential to learn to make things without eggs and if you don’t have the correct cake recipe then it can be too dry and not at all spongy. Like with everything else in life ‘practice makes perfect’ and my younger sister has perfected the art of baking the perfect cake. Everyone who has had this cake will know that it is the BEST eggless chocolate cake ever. My younger sister has surpassed both me and my older sister in making the best cakes. This recipe has been adapted from the Tarla Dalal’s recipe and the slight changes that have been made make all the difference in making a soft and moist sponge. This is the basic recipe that my sister has used to make various cakes for all our birthdays. At a future date we will show you a collection of different ideas on decorating and presenting cakes that we have done. Give this recipe a go and let me know how you like it.

Eggless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

Preparation time: 20 mins                       Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes                      Serves: 6

8 oz of self raising flour plus extra for dusting

2 tsp heaped baking powder

1 tsp heaped bicarbonate of soda powder

3 1/2 tbsp heaped coco powder

3 1/2 tbsp heaped drinking chocolate powder

1 tin (397g) condensed milk

250 g margarine or butter melted plus extra for greasing

2 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 can Sprite (normal lemon lime flavour) fizzy soft drink

For the icing

60g approx of dark chocolate ( we used a Lindt bar with 70% coco content)

250 g extra thick fresh cream ( we used channel island cream)

icing sugar for dusting

Method

1) Mix all the dry ingredients in a blender bowl with a spoon, it should all become light brown in colour, and then level it out in the bowl.

2) Pour the condensed milk, melted margarine and vanilla essence into the bowl and start blending at a slow speed. Gradually start pouring in the Sprite and increasing the speed of the blender. Once you have poured 1/4 of a can of sprite, stop the mixture, scrape the sides and check the consistency with a spatula. The mixture has to be smooth, even and loose enough to be poured like thick cream. Pour the remaining 1/4 or as much as is needed. If you are making cupcakes using this recipe then you need to keep the mixture a little thicker, so you will need less sprite.

3) Decide on the shape you want and grease and flour the tin. Pour roughly half the mixture into the tin and bake in a pre-heated oven (gas mark 6 or 200’C) for 10 to 12 mins, then turn the cake and increase the heat to gas 9 or 240’C for a further 10 mins. If you are making cup cakes then pour the remaining mixture into cup cake cases of your choice and bake. If you wish to make a sandwich sponge cake then wait until the first cake is done and then bake the remaining mixture in the same tin, or use two of the same size tins.

4) You will know the cake is ready when you can smell the sweet aroma, and when you take it out of the oven it comes away from the edges of the tin slightly. Check the middle of the cake by piercing a knife into the cake and if it comes out clean your cake is done. If there is a little flour sticking to it then, place it back in the oven for 8 to 10 mins, and then check again.

5) Wet a non fluffy clean cotton tea towel and place on a wire rack. Run a knife gently around the edges of the cake and invert on to the damp tea towel, cover and let it cool ready to be decorated. This will keep the cake moist.

6) For the icing melt the chocolate by placing a bowl over some boiling water and putting the chocolate in the bowl. Once melted and it is smooth and lump free, slowly fold it into the cream. Mix well and then spread on to the cake, roughly smooth out the icing on the cake. Use a sieve and dust some icing sugar on top of the cake, job done, now just enjoy it own its own, with ice cream or some coffee.

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12 Responses to “Eggless Chocolate Cake”

  1. Juliet Says:

    Yum! Looks great.

  2. Chef E Says:

    Is this the egg’less cake like many Indians prefer? I have a personal chef client that wants me to learn this for her vegetarian guests…email me please…elizabeth@cookappeal.com, Thanks!

    Kiran ~ Yes this is the same eggless cake that is preferred by Indians. I will put up a few more but like I said this is the best, that my sister has perfected. Give it a go and let me know how it turns out.

  3. Fatimah Says:

    Nice recepi …will try it later

    Kiran ~ Let me know how it turns out when you do try it out.

  4. papori Says:

    the cake looks great… i wanted something good for my hubby that is vegetarian as he goes without non-veg and without salt on saturdays…will try it…

    Kiran ~ Trust me it is a great cake and once you make it you will be hooked on it, if you have any questions feel free to ask and I will try and help you. Good Luck

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  6. Nim Says:

    what is the purpose of addin half a can of fizzy soft drink; how does it help?

    Kiran ~ As this is an eggless recipe it helps give the cake a soft and fluffy texture similar to the ones with eggs. Making it more spongy, although of late I have noticed that when using a fizzy drink in the cake makes them dry if not eaten in a couple of days.

  7. Anne Says:

    Thanks for the tip. This looks gorgeous. I shall have to try that. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for posting it.

  8. payal Says:

    yuum…….,i will give yummy surprice to my loving hubby on his birthday

  9. Hyacinth Helmer Says:

    Hi, I tried your chocolate cake recipe some days ago but somehow couldn’t get the same result as you, my cake clearly wasn’t looking that good (but tasted fine). What kind of chocolate are you using? Maybe it’s because of the flour I used, I have a gluten intolerance so I used Rice flour instead of regular wheat flour.

    Kiran ~ We use Cadburys Bourneville cocoa powder, perhaps the flour did make a difference. Maybe try using semolina (if you can not sure if you can with a gluten intolerance), that might work, as the texture of rice flour is very dense and fine compared to normal flour I guess. Hope it works better next time for you, or try the yoghurt cake recipe it might be better.

  10. Priya Says:

    Delicious, and one of the best things to eat when you are in a very chocolatey mood, which I always am! That is one of the reasons why every year on my Birthday I have a chocolate cake.

  11. Priya Says:

    Date and Walnut cake is one of my favourites to have from my Mum, as I think it is the best in the world.

  12. Susan Basho Says:

    I am making a large (250 people), eggless wedding cake for an Indian couple. Will this cake hold up in a 16″ round and can it take two layers together (with dowels inserted). I am desperate to find an eggless cake recipe that can tolerate large pans and hold together when transporting. I usually use Duncan Hines cake mix and never have any trouble, but with no eggs, the cake mix comes out flat. Thanks for your help.

    Kiran ~ I would say use the yoghurt cake recipe that is better or make this cake into a fruit cake by adding 200g plus of fruit. Both these have worked for us in the past. hope I was not too late in replying, good luck.

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