Some shoots and an eggless sponge cake

by Sunita on May 18, 2009

Hope all of you had a nice weekend. Ours was good too and most of it was spent outdoors. There is still a slight chill in the air, with blustery winds, but it’s still nice with the sun shining.

Yesterday evening was spent in decorating biscuits, for the kids to take to school for a charity event. Of course, they helped too,though probably much of the decorations also made their way into their mouths instead of the biscuits :-)

Our tiny veggie patch is thriving too, and shooting up…

and the birdies are paying their daily visits…

On Friday, I also made a sheet of eggless sponge cake, which I’m quite pleased about. The inspiration for this cake came from here . It is very, very simple, to rustle up and which can be filled and topped according to your fancy. The cake was just as it should be…well, spongy :-) Although I made it in one pan (10 and 1/2 by 13 and 1/2), you can make two in 8 inch round pans and use them as two layers. The following is the basic recipe for the eggless vanilla sponge. I filled and topped with some mascarpone cheese and dried blueberries. The cake was done in less time than mentioned.

What’s needed-

1 and 1/2 C of whole wheat flour (atta)
5-6 tblsp of sugar, powdered ( I used raw cane sugar)
2 tsp baking powder
6 tblsp of sunflower oil
1tsp vanilla essence
1C of water

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a baking pan of (10 and 1/2 inches by 13 and 1/2 inches) with foil. **You can also make two sponges in 8 inch round pans and use them as two layers.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. Mix together the water, oil and vanilla in another bowl. Tip this mixture into the flour mixture and mix everything together, preferably with a wooden spoon, till smooth.
  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan against the counter a few times.
  5. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20- 22 minutes or till the edges begin to brown slightly, and the centre of the cake is springy to the touch.
  6. Lift out the cake and trim the edges. Divide into four, remove the foil, and transfer to a rack to cool completely. Cut each piece into four again. Use the pieces of sponge upside down and fill and top with your choice of ingredients. As I said earlier, I did mine with mascarpone cheese and dried blueberries. **This step is not necessary ( except using the cake upside down). I did it as it was easier to take the pieces out of the pan. moreover, I was going to make them into individual servings anyway. You can just  remove the foil, cool and decorate.

That’s it! A light, spongy , sponge cake ready in minutes. Dress it up as you want  and you have a gorgeous dessert. The cake, on it’s own, is not too sweet either. We loved it and enjoyed as after dinner desserts.

There! Now, don’t ever say that I didn’t wish you a sweet start to the week ;-)

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jayasree May 18, 2009 at 11:32 am

Cake looks declicious. Gorgeous presentation. Thanks for a simple, healthy eggless cake. I can’t wait to try it.


2 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

You’re most welcome, jayasree…do give it a try :-)


3 arundati May 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

loved the pictures of your veggie patch…and love this cake… am seeing only whole wheat atta here for the last few bakes… makes a sinful indulgence so much better!!


4 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 11:59 am

Thanks…and for the atta, that’s what I use for almost all my bakes :-)


5 snookydoodle May 18, 2009 at 11:58 am

How much baking powder do you need for the recipe ?


6 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm

ooops! Have updated the post…it’s 2 tspns :-)


7 Parita May 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Wow thats a whole wheat, eggless cake..looks perfect ..i am going to try this soon :)


8 Rosa May 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

A great garden and a beautiful sponge cake!




9 Soma May 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm

i love those little baby lettuce…

Now i need to make this eggless sponge cake.. these are really versatile & u have made it sound really easy.


10 Happy Cook May 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Wow love the garden. I don’t think i have green fingers, but when eve ri see a garden i wish i had one.
Love the sponge cake and that too without eggs, why am i not making healthy delicous looking cakes.
I wanted to just take that last plate in the pic and enjoy the cake :-)


11 Rachel May 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Atta in a cake…This I got to try!


12 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I always use atta in my cakes, cookies and other bakes (except probably the DB challenges :-) )


13 Gretchen Noelle May 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

What fun to see the new growth in your garden!


14 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I agree, it is indeed fun…the first thing the kids do in the morning is to check how much they’ve grown :-)


15 Sig May 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Everyone is showing off their greenery these days :) I am jealous… and that cake looks delicious!


16 Sunita May 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Ours is a tiny patch, but yes, its nice to see things grow :-)


17 Poornima May 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Wow…thats such an easy recipe and you’ve made it into something else…looks awesome.


18 DK May 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Green thumb you sure have….I am just starting..dont know how good will the outcome be.

That sponge cake looks – ’spongy’ . Delicious suni! Cant wait to try :)


19 Sonu May 19, 2009 at 2:02 am

Beautiful green pics! Your cake look so inviting. Nice presentation! :)
Sonu (


20 Shreya May 19, 2009 at 2:41 am

Wow! wonderful garden:-) And the sponge cake looks perfect. Grt pics as usual:-)


21 Alka May 19, 2009 at 6:51 am

Ahh how much i wish to own a space like that…… is there any thing more satisfactory for a cook, to dish out food , with the veggies or herbs coming straight from his / her patch ?
The cake looks as delicious as it could be. And involvement of kids, makes it more special isn’t it (With all the fuss / mess of course…but still…..)


22 Malar May 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Wow! A nice and simple cake. I’ve never put my hands on baking before (having said that, I’ve done it 2 or 3 times and it was an absolute disaster, either I didn’t mix up everything well or the oven was electric) I’ve been looking for simple cake recipes to bake on my brand new cooker which I got about 10 days ago. I’m definitely going to give this a try.
1. Am i alright to use Pillsbury Chakki Atta?
2. I’ve always seen you saying “line a baking tray or pan” what does that mean? – can I use the normal kitchen (aluminium foil)?
3. Do i have to cover the top?
4. When I bake chicken – can I line the tray with aluminum foil? and should I be covering the top as well?
5. If not what kind of lining can I use?

there – just enough questions for the time being. Please do expect some more in future as I try baking.

I love your patch and especilly the mint. I love mint!

Many Thanks!


23 Sunita May 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

1. Perfectly okay!
2. Aluminium foil is what I use to line the bottom and sides of the pan (inside the pan, of course).
3. Whenever something needs to be covered, it is mentioned in the recipe.
4. I’m not sure what type of chicken recipe…if it is dry, then I use foil.
5. Parchment paper can also be used.

Hope this helps. Let the baking begin :-)


24 A&N May 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Lovely looking cake :)


25 Srivalli May 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm

wow suni..that looks even better now..:0)…should I mention abt my mitha mela?


26 Gloria Baker May 20, 2009 at 1:09 am

I love this Suni, look wonderful, and thanks by coming to my blog. xxxxxxGloria

Suni love your blog!!!


27 Sangeetha May 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

You know what sunita,i was thinking i want to bake something simple which is not too sweet.I was sure i wud find something here n to my suprise i found it ;) cant wait to try it :)


28 CurryLeaf May 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Love the cake.I have with Tarla Dalals eggless version which is yet to be tried.Love love love your version.The cake looks gorgeous


29 ayeswarya June 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

exquisite photos… soo good i wanna grab it off the monitor :) Im gonna try ur sponge cake today .. my first try at baking….


30 Priya N July 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm

I baked this cake. Came out well.
Thanks for sharing.


31 Naina July 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Hi.. Thanks a ton for yr recipe.. I tried it out, and it turned out quite well.. Here’s the link – Naina


32 Sunita July 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Naina, glad you liked it :-)


33 Wish May 12, 2010 at 8:25 am

Yummy..looks stunning..
Its a huge surprise as everywhere I saw they used plain flour or self raising flower (Maida) and you have used atta (if I am not wrong its the same atta we use for making roti right???please correct me if I am mistaking) if so got to try the ATTA CAKE..(Just hope my cake turns out as wonderful as yours..although I love backing so much my skills are near to nil)

Sunita I thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with all of us..your page looks wonderful…And those delightful herbs like icing on cake..just a small request if possible could you also upload videos for your recipes please…please…please…that would be great..we would get to see you…

once again thanks a millions…take care.. :)


34 Sunita May 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thank you for the kind words; and yes it is indeed atta, I use it in almost all my bakes. Do give it a go.
As for the videos, let’s see ;-)


35 Priya August 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Hi Sunitha,
I would like to try cakes. But 1 cup of whole wheat flour is how many grams?
I want the measurements in grams. Can u please help me?


36 maanasi January 24, 2011 at 5:22 am

pics , recipe , presentation , words – everthing super !
i was looking for cakes recipes with atta !
found it ! thanks !
can u pls tell me if i can use canola oil ?will that make a difference ?


37 shriti Haldhar January 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

thank you so much for this delicious recepie. It is really very easy to prepare in minimum time . I liked this cake.


38 Amudha hariharan February 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I tried it and was a mega hit at our home..Tk u for sharing the receipe with us…we all enjoyed eating the eggless,butter less atta cake…


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