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Here is a healthy cake that you can give your kids in their snack box or in the evening with their glass of milk. The best part about this cake is that it uses ingredients like whole wheat flour (atta) and jaggery that are more nutritious that refined products that are usually used. Another thing I liked about this cake is that it was really easy to whisk. I used just about one mixing bowl and a spoon. Utensils required were minimum and my kitchen was left absolutely clean. The last time I felt that way was long ago, when I baked an eggless vanilla cake.

I learnt this wholesome cake recipe from Cecilia, my friend and neighbor. She usually tries her hand at a variety of treats for her two kids. Being a nutritionist she also ensures a balanced diet for them. When I found out that this recipe was doing the rounds of the neighborhood I decided to try it out for myself. One thing is for sure, this is a guilt-free cake. When you know its healthy you don’t end up counting how many pieces each kid ate.

My poor babies are so accustomed to my photo shoot that now they get me my camera as soon as the cake is out of the oven. My older one asks me where I would like to shoot. My two year old baby gives me a look before eating which says “Is it ok to eat now, mom?” I make them hold my butter paper scrimps, reflector boards and even backdrops at times. I give them cake alright but I make them work for it 🙂

For now, here is the recipe of a healthy wheat cake – bake, share and enjoy. I am sending this cake to the Bake Fest #15 hosted by Sumee’s Culinary Bites. Do check out the entire schedule for the Bake Fest events at Vardhini’s blog.

Ingredients :

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup powdered jaggery
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Procedure :

  1. Sift flour with baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Add oil, essence and milk. Stir well.
  3. Add jaggery and mix well so that no lumps remain.
  4. Grease and dust a cake pan. Pour in the batter.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 Deg C for about 25-30 mins.

Please Note :

  1. I added about 1 tablespoon of heavy milk cream or malai to the batter. That helps in making the cake softer.
  2. Add more milk, if required. Basically the batter should reach dropping consistency.
  3. Use organic jaggery powder for best results.