Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steamed Chocolate Cake!!

I did my schooling in a Convent school and majority of my friends were from the Christian community.During Easter and Christmas[more so during Xmas],my friends brought along Cakes,Brownies and such other baked stuff to school.Mostly homemade and needless to say,delicious as well.I used to go home and ask amma why she did not bake and why can’t we use eggs at home to make baked goodies and why she only makes Nankhatai and not cakes.I sure was a nasty kid:).I overlooked the fact that she made the best chips,best sweets[not baked though] and so many varieties of snack back to back for us three ever-hungry-for-a-snack kids:)

During my learning-to-cook phase,though I tried cooking different stuff,baking was a no-no,since we did not have an oven and most importantly,amma wouldn’t allow cooking with eggs:).But I still wanted to make or rather bake a cake.During that time Pillsburry introduced Pressure Cooker cakes.I promptly bought one packet only to discover later that we needed to add eggs,oil and water to it.Shucks..what to do.Me and bro decided it is “okay’ to skip the eggs and went ahead with the cake.What we got in the end was a denser than a brownie cake and no prizes for guessing where it went after the tasting session..:).

Recently,I came across a recipe by Lakshmi Nair[of Magic Oven fame]which was a simple steamed Chocolate Cake.Though initially the recipe reminded me of the Pressure cooker cake:),I went ahead with the recipe.The cake tasted excellent..moist and chocolatey.I poured some chocolate syrup on top and decorated it with some sprinkles.Thanks to her..:)

Steamed Chocolate Cake
Recipe adapted from Lakshmi Nair’s Cookbook-Paachakakala


Maida/Flour – 1 cup
Cocoa powder – 4 tbsp
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Salt – a pinch
Milk – 1 cup
Vinegar – 1 tbsp
Egg – 1
Melted butter – 1 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp


Add the vinegar to milk and mix well with a spoon,leave it aside for 15 minutes[after a few minutes,milk will start to curdle and become sour milk]
Sieve together maida,cocoa,baking powder,baking soda and salt twice.
Beat together powdered sugar and egg.
Add the essence and keep beating.
Add the melted butter.
Now add the flour-mix and the sour milk alternately in three batches till you get a smooth lump-free batter.
Grease a baking tin and pour the batter in it.Cover tightly using aluminium foil so that the steam does not escape.
Steam the cake for 45 minutes.[I used a steamer].
Invert from the tin and pour some chocolate syrup on top and add sprinkles.
Let it cool completely.
Slice and serve!! My niece Raksha is celebrating her birthday today.Happy Birthday Rakshu darling.♥Love ♥ you lots!!

Here’s a sneak peek at the test cake my vanni prepared for her birthday.


  1. ♥Happy Birthday Rakshu ♥

    The steamed cake looks absolutely moist and delicious! And that Barbie Doll cake made by your Vanni, is just AWESOME! So perfectly done!

    Divya, I was curious to know that 'her' when I was reading through your post :D And I thought it would lead me to Leksmi Nair's site or something...but I was suprised that that'her' was ME!?! LOL!

    Thank you so much for all the mentions! MUAH!♥


  2. Divz Genius Gal I must soft so moist...tht to when baking how????????????? Ithink i must try this cake nd I too was a a convent student...nd have tasted lovely cakes there....nd one more thing is i was a nasty kid too....but never irritated my mom for baked goodies but for something else :P
    Nd m sure i too wont win something for guessing where ur baked cake went :P

  3. I forgot to add tht barbie cake vch ur vanni made luks so gr8 divs tell her to bake one cake for me :P

  4. The steamed cake looks delicious. How was the texture of this cake, does it taste similar to baked one? Love the barbie cake too. Happy birthday to the birthday girl.

  5. i am surely going to try this one..looks beautiful..and the barbie cake looks great..

  6. This steaming brought back so many memories. My mom used to make many steam cakes(minus eggs). Looks good!

  7. Steamed cake looks soft and delicious! Will try this.

  8. Wow cake looks really marvellous..

  9. cake looks so moist Divya. Happy b'day to your niece and that barbie doll cake looks great!!

  10. long time back my mom would make cakes in pressure cooker. but i don't have the recipe. A good one..esp. since my oven is broken for many days now.

    what a pretty barbie cake!! happy birthday!

  11. that's great! baking cake without oven :)

  12. Chocolate cake looks very nice and the doll cake looks pretty as well!

  13. Ho,Its absolutely a great idea of steaming a cake like that..I think i have tried this last year from Lakshmi Nair..yours look real yumy..and the doll looks even yummier..

  14. Divya, I have bookmarked this recipe. I have several friends who dont have ovens to bake cakes and always ask me a way out. I just loved your recipe as it enables people to bake a cake anytime, anywhere. Thanks a lot for sharing. The test cake looks fab!

  15. Looks so good..I am bookmarking this so that I can prepare this for my nephew's b'day when I go to my native place the next month.(where there is no oven)..thanks for sharing..

  16. your cake looks lovely... and your vaini's cake is so professional looking!

  17. Lovely Chocolate Cake!! Very moist too...Happy B'day to your Neice & the Barbie cake looks Perfect to the T!!

  18. Steamed cake? The texture is very good. I've never made one like this.
    Birthday wishes to the little girl and also to your sister-in-law for that lovely cake.

  19. Never made a steamed cake before..has turned out fantastic. Barbie cake looks gorgeous! Happy birthday to your niece Raksha :)

  20. Cake looks lovely divya! The barbie cake is excellent. my birthday wishes..!

  21. Beautiful cake, looks delicious ! The barbie cake looks perfect....

  22. I missed this post. and also the book.Must get the book now as the cake looks amazing and perfect.Love the barbie cake.

  23. Dear Divya, I was searching for steamed chocolate cake recipes and was comparing the recipes from different site, then i found this...

    see this link


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