Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Eggless Chocolate Walnut Cake

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It's been a while since I baked last.I mean,in my kitchen and in my oven.When I was in my hometown a while back,me and amma did a good amount of baking together.I had compiled a list of Eggless recipes and we baked a cake/cookie everyday I was there.The star of course,was Nankhatai.I will share the recipe for THE Nankhatai in a while.The best I've made so far.
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Amma isn't very fond of Chocolate cakes,so despite wanting to bake this cake for long,I had to skip baking this.Made a mental note to bake this as soon as I landed in Chennai,but it wasn't to be.Life's quite busy these days and to measure,sift,line the pan and bake did seem like a bit too much work,yes it happens to me too!
 
While watching Masterchef last night,I saw this fudgy,gooey chocolate cake they made for a team challenge and thought to myself-this is it!I got to buck up and bake and the first bake after the break's got to be a chocolate cake.(it rhymes!!)

The recipe is quite easy to put together.It uses oil in place of butter(no waiting for butter to soften)and chopped walnuts and chocolate chips(my addition)as a natural topping.I love the combination of chocolate and walnut and added a tsp of instant coffee to the batter to pep up the flavor and the resulting cake's a winner.Fudgy and chocolatey with the crunch of walnuts,this one's truly a chocoholics treat.
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Eggless Chocolate Walnut Cake
Recipe adapted from PAB

Ingredients

Flour - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
Instant coffee powder - 1 tsp
Thick curd(homemade) - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 cup
Vanilla bean - 1/2 of 1 bean,scraped(or else use a tsp of Vanilla extract)
Chopped Walnuts - 1/2 cup
Vanilla bean sugar(or regular sugar) - 1 tbsp
Chocolate chips - 2 tbsp

Method

Preheat oven to 200C.Grease and line an 8' round cake tin.
Sift together flour,cocoa powder and coffee powder,reserve. Picnik collage
In a mixing bowl,beat together sugar and yogurt till creamy.Mix in baking powder,baking soda and scraped vanilla bean,beat well and let it rest for a couple of minutes or till bubbles start to appear on top. Picnik collage
Beat in the oil.Add the sifted flour mix and beat till you get a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin. Picnik collage
Sprinkle the top with chopped walnuts,chocolate chips and sugar.
Bake at 200C for 10 minutes and 170C for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the tin for 5 minutes and then turn onto a wire rack for further cooling.
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Notes
  • Cool the cake completely before cutting.I was impatient and cut the cake while still warm(the batter was too delicious and I couldn't wait!).
  • The cake remains soft even after refrigeration,but if you are not eating it immediately,cover the cake with a cling film on top and warm it up in the microwave just before serving.
  • Though the cake is delicious on its own,it would pair up wonderfully with ice-cream or even some chilled coffee.
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63 comments :

  1. Moist adn yummy...I luv the addition of walnuts in any cake...slurrpp :)

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  2. Yummy! I want it now,wow! Looks so rich...loved the shots..

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  3. So soft, moist looking cake...can you pass the plate..

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  4. Aha Finally got a baked goody from you. I'm all in for your list for eggless bakes. Looking forward to it.

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  5. very delicious and tempting cake.wonderful shots

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  6. beautiful clicks and lovely cake...

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  7. this looks SO DELICIOUS !! cant wait to make it :D happy cooking !

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  8. Drooling over Divya Loved the addition of walnut for that nutty tatse..

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  9. Yummmm ,will bake this for advay ,,,

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  10. Wow beautiful gorgeous cake, love that nutty topping..

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  11. That piece is soo very inviting - moist chocolatey goodness wt crisp nuts..wow! Love ur last posts on choco baked stuff!

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  12. Chocolates and Walnuts always remind me of brownies :) Moist, it looks

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  13. wow delicious and healthy combo,love this recipe...

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  14. wow...So moist and yummy cake...Thanks....

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  15. This really does sound delicious and your photo tutorial makes it possible for everyone to have great results. This is my first visit to your blog, but I plan to return. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  16. Damn tempting cake. Too good to see and too bad to resist :) Yummyyyy

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  17. This is such a moist & a yummyyyy.. cake!!!! Bookmarking this and is a must try & sure a keeper recipe!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  18. This is absolutely sinful...The cake looks oh so gorgeous...

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  19. So soft, moist looking cake...can you pass the plate..

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  20. That thick layer of walnuts make me to go gaga over the cake..looks super delicious...:)

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  21. It looks very yummy.

    and one more thing i want to suggest you. do reply to the who are all commenting on the post. this will made them happy than your blogging. they might have some queries regarding your recipes. i seen many of your post and people do put their ques but you dint replied. so clarify if are free. then say thanks at least. hope you don't mind.

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  22. Maya,thank you for the suggestion.I do try to respond to queries via email with my readers(in reply to comments)and if it is regarding a particular recipe I usually update the recipe itself.And I didn't understand what you meant by 'say thanks at least',you mean for comments?

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  23. This cake looks absolutely delicious! I plan to try it out today/tomorrow. Can't wait!

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  24. Hey Divya,

    The pics were too hard to resist. I made this yesterday. Turned out yummilicious. My first try with curd in eggless bakes. I loved the addition of walnut and choco-chips. Will post soon on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Regards,
    Seema
    amchi-bong-konnexion.blogspot.com
    seemabbas.blogspot.com

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  25. My first time here and I am amazed to see your beautiful blog with mind blowing recipes...

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  26. Love this nutty cake...and ur presentation.

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  27. I want a slice of that...the cake looks fabulous.

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  28. This looks yummy ...wow Divya! Love it!!

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  29. Hi Divya, amazing posts. Looks like a baking expert for a beginner baker like me..... would try out some of ur simple bakes. Thanks a lot and happy to follow you......

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  30. Cake looks so yummy! First time into your blog, happy to follow :)

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  31. Wow it looks sinful without the eggs! I have to try, I have family members who are allergic to eggs!

    Aaron from
    Easy Asian and Western Recipes
    kubeen81.blogspot.com

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  32. i love walnuts and i love dark choc ....this is devine :)

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  33. cake looks delicious.. will try this eggless version soon.. bookmarking it... your step by step pictures look great..

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  34. Such a gorgeous looking choco cake........can't help drooling. Glad to follow you.

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  35. What is, exactly, "thick curd" ? O_O And how can curd be eggless?

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  36. WoW! that was absolutely looks very luscious.

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  37. Hey what does FLOUR in your recipe indicate? maida right?

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  38. Hey Divya..Just saw your recipe..Looks really Yummy :)

    Can we bake this cake in a pressure cooker..what if I dont have a microwave or oven at home??

    I was really eager to try this recipe ASAP..
    Hoping for a quick reply!!

    Thanks
    Namita

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    1. Hi Namita,I haven't tried baking in a pressure cooker so far though I've heard people try it with great results.Sorry!

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  39. Thanks so much for sharing such a simple recipe for eggless chocolate walnut cake - it was super yummy and super soft -
    http://foodiessphere.blogspot.in/2012/04/eggless-baking-chocolate-walnut-cake.html

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  40. horrible recipe the measurements were off and also the baking temperatures were not good after 2 hours the cake didn't get made and when it finally did it was burnt.... don't waste your time or ingredients...

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    1. Anon-just because the recipe did not work out for you does not imply that the recipe is wrong.Maybe you went wrong somewhere and did you say you baked the cake for 2 hours and it was not baked through,then I think it is high time you changed your oven!

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  41. Hey Divya... lovely recipe :) I tried it few days back and it came out good (though not as good as urs! as this was my first attempt at a big sized cake.)

    I had some queries... I use a Microwave oven too with convention mode (Electrolux). I followed the process as mentioned by u, though the final taste was yummy, the crust was a bit over baked. Now am not sure if it was due to any of the following reasons:

    1. I baked in a glass borosil vessel. (did not have a suitable baking tray)

    2. There might be a temperature setting difference between urs and my oven? (I too set it to 200C but had to switch it off in 10 minutes, as the top was getting crusty)

    3. I had no butter paper, so did not cover my cake on top.(is this really necessary or butter paper shud be used only to cover the top wen its begining to burn?)

    Also wanted to know, if I can use normal aluminium baking vessels that we get in stores in my convention oven? Never tried that as I felt only micro friendly black tinted vessels or glass vessels shud be used for baking in micro.

    oops! long message, hope to get a reply from u wen free :)

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    1. Nanspai,I am guessing the crust was overbaked maybe because the cake pan was very close to the heating coil?Baking in a glass dish does take some extra time as metal tins conduct heat evenly and bake sooner than the glass counterparts.

      The temperature setting is right,you have to bake the cake initially for 10 minutes at 200C and then reduce the temperature at 170C and bake for a further 30-35 minutes.Since this is a chocolate cake,we can never tell if it is crusty or starting to burn,so go by instinct.If you feel the top is getting crustier than usual,cover it with a butter paper or aluminium foil and then bake.This ensures that the cake bakes through without burning the crust.

      For convection cooking,you can use the aluminium tins quite safely since there are no Microwave rays in convection mode.

      Hope this helps-Happy Baking!

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    2. Hey thanks a lot for that quick reply! :) Will try baking using aluminium trays next time (i see u have used that too for this recipe). Anyway, I was satisfied with my first attempt of baking a cake and will definitely be visiting your page for more baked yummies :) thanks!

      Linked u to my post :)

      http://nansyumyums.blogspot.in/2012/07/eggless-chocolate-walnut-cake.html

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  42. Hi,
    Great recipe but does the cake rise really high? Mine didn't..please suggest what could have gone wrong

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    1. Cake not rising could be due to the quality of baking powder/soda used.

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  43. Can you please suggest a suitable frosting for the above Choc Walnut cake.

    Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Try Chocolate ganache - http://www.divyascookbook.com/2011/10/yellow-cake-with-chocolate-ganache.html

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  44. Hi Divya,

    Made this cake with my kids this week end. Our whole family liked it.This is the best eggless chocolate cake with simple ingredients.Thank you...

    - Shylaja

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  45. Divya,

    I have also posted this is my blog today...
    http://www.amuthiskitchen.com/2013/01/eggless-chocolate-and-walnut-cake.ht

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  46. hi divya, could you please mention the measurements in gram? i saw your link for cup to gram conversion but got confused again. I tried your eggless BFC and corn tarts and both turned out awesome... i regularly follow your post and you are an inspiration...

    Thnx Vijeta
    vjta.nanda@gmail.com

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  47. Hey Divya,

    I tried out this cake and it turned out really well.
    But one problem was there...the upper layer of the cake became too hard. Any idea why did this happen? Any remedy for this?

    Thanks!
    Shruti

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  48. Hey Divya,

    Loved this recipe of urs.
    I tried it out, turned out really well. But the upper layer became quite hard. Any idea how to avoid it?

    Thanks!
    Shruti

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  49. Hey Divya

    I made it today and it was a great hit.. Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes.. Next am going to try your garlic rolls

    Thanks
    Shefali

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  50. Hi Divya

    I love your recipes. I tried the Chocolate walnut cake today and it was a great hit. Will try the garlic rolls next :)

    Thanks
    Shefali

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  51. This is something I have been searching for a while now...a perfect Eggless Chocolate Walnut Cake. Thanks Divya for posting this one...

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  52. Hi Divya
    I tried the cake but the nuts on the top got burned. Everything else came out to be good.

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Divya.

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