Eggless Mango Cake

 

Used to be many moons ago that Bawarchi (an Indian website) was the information center for cooking needs, great recipe ideas and hundreds of recipe contributions. The design and layout of the site was simple, yet pleasing to the eye with no glaring images or advertisement, simple categories and it was very easy to look for recipes. The contributors would provide their email id’s and request for user feedback. So it was in a way very early stage of food blogging.

 

As a new bride in Boston, with very limited knowledge in cooking I used to visit this site often and try out different recipes. There could have been many more recipe related websites but Bawarchi was huge amongst our friend circle. We used to forward each other the links of the recipes that came out good, discuss them over the phone and thus expand our culinary skills. (Not to forget the phone calls to mothers and MIL’s back home!)

 

On one such escapade, I had found this easy, eggless recipe for Mango Cake. Bawarchi is now part of Sify and the recipe then moved here (Mango Cake). For a novice baker and cook I found this to be easy, effortless and but with delicious taste. The cake is soft and moist and the combination of mango pulp and cardamom is like a match made in heaven. The taste is more like Mango Suji Halwa/Mango Rava Kesari.

 

I have also tried this using banana instead of the mango with equally delicious results.  I am pretty sure this combination will work with other fruits as well. As the author has suggested this cake can be cut like burfi (diamond shapes) and that helps in easy serving. Even though the original recipe does not call for nuts, chopped walnuts and raisins enhance the taste of this cake.

 

Recipe Source: Here

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Semolina/Rava/Sooji ( I used the fine variety)
  • 1 cup Mango pulp ( I used ready made Kesar Mango pulp for this/ even fresh mango pulp should be fine)
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom(elaichi)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, raisins(optional)

Some notes:

1) Please make sure that the mango pulp is thick and light yellow in color. I have seen that some brands of mango pulp are not thick and do not have good flavor and smell.
2) If you use a pulp that is not thick and if you find that the cake batter is not thick then let is stand aside for 20 minutes, until the mango pulp is absorbed by the semolina.
3) I found that if you place not-so-thick batter directly in the oven it takes a longer time to bake and then browns the cake. It does not get that beautiful, rich yellow color.

4) Place it in the middle rack while baking. 

 
  • Note: There is no need to roast the rava/sooji.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix the Sooji(Rava) with sugar, cardamom, nuts(optional) and baking powder.  
  • Next add melted butter and mix well. Finally add the mango pulp and mix again. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful and keep a close watch after 25 minutes.
  • Check with a fork to see if properly baked. If the knife comes out clean then remove immediately. If it is kept for a longer time, the cake will become hard especially on the top.
  • Allow to cool completely and then cut and serve.

 

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134 comments

  1. WannaBeMom says:

    Hi There,
    Let me tell you something first that I suck at baking and I made this cake today. It was a super success, my husband enjoyed every single bite of it.
    Thank you so much for the recipe. Waiting for an eggless chocolate cake recipe from you :)

  2. Anjana says:

    Hi, I have made this cake so many times and we love it more each time.. each bite.. The reason to make this often is because its my son’s fav.. he is turning 2 this december. I was wondering if you would suggest any topping for this cake to make it look more special? I am sure he’ll love it on his bdae.. pls help :)

    Anjana

  3. redchillies says:

    Awww so sweet and happy birthday to the little boy. Hope he has a wonderful day. Sorry I could not reply to this sooner. How about light some mango cream topped with mango pieces?

  4. Faiza says:

    Hello RC, referring your recipes for almost a month and one thing i have noticed is your making and writing is very clear to understand….thank for this….Also can you please tell me instead of Mango pulp can i use milk. i aunt use to make Rava cakes but don’t have that recipe with me…so was relating this one. please advise i am looking for Rava cake with no fruits….just plain…thanks once again….and Redchillies…ROCK…

  5. redchillies says:

    Hi Faiza, thank you for the warm words, I apprecaiate it. You know, I kind of rememebr the rava cake and my mom used to make it often when we were young. I will check with her oen time and let you know.

  6. Faiza says:

    Hi RC, found interesting and simple to make. any solution or alternate for not using oven. then i will try and let u know. Thanks for your quick response.

  7. Rama says:

    Hi,
    Wanted to say that I tried this recipe today and loved it. I tried as a cupcake recipe and loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

    Rama

  8. Prasanthi says:

    Thank you for sharing this great recipe… I tried it at home today and it worked out pretty well… couple of things that I noticed and would like to call out are

    1. fine sooji is much better than the thicker variety. I used the ticker one – which still turned out well .. but I felt like the finer variety would have been better.

    2. I moved the cake to the top rack about 85% through while baking – so the cake would cook through out and not only on the edges.

  9. Preeti says:

    Hello,

    When I read the ingredients I thought it sounded more like Basbousa( as u have semolina as the main ingredient), but no.. Its no where close to basbousa. 😉
    Thank you sooo much for such a wonderful eggless, flour less awesome cake recipe. Tried it out yesterday, turned out super cool. Im a baker by hobby ( make novelty cakes and speciality cakes)and keep trying new things.. Never thought of mango cake which is eggless and flour less.. Love it totally!! Awesome, quick, delicious, easy cake. .. As per my personal taste I would reduce the cardamom quantity. My friends loved and so did hubby m son. Its all season cake!!
    I tried your baked nippattu too last year couldn’t leave a comment.. That’s super hit too.. Parents and Inlaws and friends love it… So its made more often than any other snacks…lol

    Thank you once again..

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    Dear Editor, Author, or persons authorized to give copyright permission.

    I am writing to you to get the permission to use your articles in my book The Foodpedia Fresh Fruits and Vegetables books series and other books will follow, on the history of other items in the food world. That will help the people of the world to eat and stay Healthier.

    I care and I hope you care about passing on to the new generation to stay Healthier.

    (REMEMBER SHARING IS CARING ! )

    I am writing these books to “give back” my knowledge to the next generation of people, all over this world. I am writing these books to educate the people about the advantages of eating “Fresh Fruits” and “Fresh Vegetables” and how they can help themselves to have a healthier body, and the foods that are not good for a healthy body.

    I got your name from the website. On the Fruit you wrote about. I have your name on the information that I used, so that you will get all the credit on it. I do not want the credit for your works. You’re the one that did all the research on the food items. I have to rely on you for all this knowledge and your researchers.

    I praise you for this, that is why I want you to get all the credit you put in to these articles.
    I have to rely on your help to teach and training our next generation to live healthier. Then living on all this junk food and all the chemical’s they put into the foods we eat today.
    That is why we are the product of this generation of obesity etc. We have to help our new generation to eat and stay healthier so they can have a better life, then being sick and overweight all the time.
    The world is changing and we have to change with it NOW for our kid’s sake.

    This is the 21st Century NOW, and we have to do something about it NOW!
    I am on a movement (mission) of caring and share to help, not to make the same mistake this generation and our pass generations has made, to help them live healthier lives better then we did.

    But I need your help to get this mission (movement) going. I need your permission to let this happen, to use your research in food, to train and educate the people of the world to eat healthier.

    Remember the people will go to your website for more updates. Because you are always updating it, that I cannot do.
    Can you please e-mail the permission letter to authorize me to use your articles in my books (The History of Fresh Fruits. { Foodpedia The History of Fresh Fruit }) I have about 130 chapters of some of the fresh fruit used around the world, with over 5,000 color pictures, and about 5,000 pages).
    Can you please email {foodpediapjh@gmail.com } with your permission to use your articles so we can help the this and the next generation to live and be healthier.

    Thank You Chef Paul J. Hintersteiner

    Enclosed is the website of the articles I need permission on
    1.http://redchillies.us/2009/04/14/eggless-mango-cake/

  11. PAUL J. HINTERSTEINER says:

    Dear Editor, Author, or persons authorized to give copyright permission.
    I am writing to you to get the permission to use your articles in my book The Foodpedia Fresh Fruits and Vegetables books series and other books will follow, on the history of other items in the food world. That will help the people of the world to eat and stay Healthier.
    I care and I hope you care about passing on to the new generation to stay Healthier.
    (REMEMBER SHARING IS CARING!)
    I am writing these books to “give back” my knowledge to the next generation of people, all over this world. I am writing these books to educate the people about the advantages of eating “Fresh Fruits” and “Fresh Vegetables” and how they can help themselves to have a healthier body, and the foods that are not good for a healthy body.
    I got your name from the website. On the Fruit you wrote about. I have your name on the information that I used, so that you will get all the credit on it. I do not want the credit for your works. You’re the one that did all the research on the food items. I have to rely on you for all this knowledge and your researchers.
    I praise you for this, that is why I want you to get all the credit you put in to these articles.
    I have to rely on your help to teach and training our next generation to live healthier. Then living on all this junk food and all the chemical’s they put into the foods we eat today.
    That is why we are the product of this generation of obesity etc. We have to help our new generation to eat and stay healthier so they can have a better life, then being sick and overweight all the time.
    The world is changing and we have to change with it NOW for our kid’s sake.
    This is the 21st Century NOW, and we have to do something about it NOW!
    I am on a movement (mission) of caring and share to help, not to make the same mistake this generation and our pass generations has made, to help them live healthier lives better then we did.
    But I need your help to get this mission (movement) going. I need your permission to let this happen, to use your research in food, to train and educate the people of the world to eat healthier.
    Remember the people will go to your website for more updates. Because you are always updating it, that I cannot do.
    Can you please e-mail the permission letter to authorize me to use your articles in my books (The History of Fresh Fruits. { Foodpedia The History of Fresh Fruit }) I have about 166 chapters of some of the fresh fruit used around the world, with over 5,000 color and about 5,000 pages).
    Can you please email {foodpediapjh@gmail.com } with your permission to use your articles so we can help the this and the next generation to live and be healthier.
    Thank You Chef Paul J. Hintersteiner
    Enclosed is the website of the articles I need permission on

    1.http://redchillies.us/2009/04/14/eggless-mango-cake/

    Hi This is the second time I am writing you to get permission to you your article(s) in my book The History of Fresh Fruit. From all over the world. Can you please send me the permission. Thank You Paul

    PS: the people of the world should know this, so they can live a better and Healthier life. I am on quest to help this and the next generation. I hope you will join me on the quest. Thank You Paul

    I love this saying (“The duty of a good Cuisinier is to transmit to the next generation everything he has learned and experienced.”
    Fernand Point, 1941) So I am not the only that believes in this Chef Paul

  12. Sujatha says:

    Can we steam this cake in pressure cooker instead of baking for people who do not have oven? If so how many mins should we steam it for?

    Thanks.

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