I did not have an oven,so making a cake was still a dream.Recently we got a microwave and my cake making dream popped up almost instantly.Along with the MW I got Nita Mehta's IFB MW Cookbook,so thought of trying out those yummies.But I've been waiting to make Shilpa's eggless date cake ever since I read her post about it.She has said that this cake is very easy to make and nothing could go wrong with it.So I thought why not this cake be the first ever cake to bake..??Off went a mail to my vanni who's an expert in MW cakes.She gave me the temperature settings and timings and Tadaaa..I BAKED MY FIRST CAKE!!! I was sooo happy..I've made this cake at least 4 times ever since..this cake is indeed a never-go-wrong cake.I think everyone should try it.
Eggless Dates cake
Milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup(use 1 cup if you want the cake to be very sweet)
Maida - 1 cup
Oil -1/2 cup(I used sunflower oil)
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts,Walnuts - 1 tbsp(optional)
Add sugar to the dates and grind them to a smooth paste along with the milk in a blender/mixie.
Add oil and blend/mix again.
Sieve together maida and baking soda.
Add the maida-baking soda mix 1 tbsp at a time to the date mix and mix well.
Add the nuts and mix again.
Pour the cake batter into a greased pan and MW it.
Directions-MW on 70-80% power for 7-8 minutes.
Do a toothpick test before taking out from the MW.
PS: If you use ‘baking powder’ instead of ‘baking soda’, cake becomes a bit harder.
PS: The color of the cake largely depends on the dates used. I have made it with different varieties of dates and sometimes it turns out black and sometimes it is very light in color. So do not panic if your cake does not look exactly like mine.
Pictures updated on 11-9-12