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Perfectly baked sponge cake..
very yummy cake
Reply for Ramjee's comment: My MIL used to prepare cake with wheat flour only as she says maida is not so good for health :) The colour will be little darker
@Kavitha : Yes maida has no health benefits but with wheat flour the cake texture differs thats the only problem....
how do I bake the same cake in a microwave ?
You can bake cakes in your microwave if you have convection mode in your oven.You can use the same settings.... timing alone check 5mins before the actual timing then proceed.
Very well turned out cake!
Very very tempting cake and great step by step pics.....
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great looking cake.
hi..thats what i am confused with your previous reply..what convention are u using..you mean i should take 225 grams maida and 250 ml curd???right???
Yes maida in gms and curd in ml
Mam , i tried this cake it tasted well but the base and top of the cake got a bit harder and also the cake had cracks on the top.Can u please tell me the reason for this
I am new to baking..Can I bake the cake adding tutti fruity and keeping rest of the ingredients and method same??
@Komal : If the cake dries up it will usually crack....guess the batter mixing might not be of correct consistency.@Sachu : Yes just dust tutti frutti with little flour and then add to avoid it from sinking to the bottom.
i hav tried many recipes but none turned out so spongy and light. it turns out so perfect and beautiful....just yummy..:))
is baking soda called aappasoda in tamil??????? because in dnt get thm wen i ask fr baking soda anywr :( how shd i ask fr it in shops????????
@Sindu : Yes it is appasoda only :) You can use that itself....
hi sharmillei tried it again..it was again a flopplease tell me all the recipe in gms only...thank u
can i use butter instead of oil in the cake and will it be the same amount.
@Priyanka : I will surely update the recipe with gm measures by tomorrow.@Jagu : I am not sure of the butter measure equivalent for oil in this recipe.Do give a try an see...
Hi Sharmi, i tried this Eggless Homemade Spongy Vanila cake.. it came out very spongy and tasty. myself and my husband loved it. Jayasri
I baked this cake with exacr measurements and trust me it was one of the best eggless cakes that I have ever baked.Now I am planning to make a rainbow cake with this basic recipe and want to increase the quantity any clue how to do that? And will that also affect the time of baking?Please do reply as my Son's B'day is next week :)
@Smita : Double the measurement , Make 2 cakes of the same size.Apply icing and sandwich the two cakes.Else if you want a single cake, use a more bigger size pan and baking time I am really not sure, try baking for the same time and then adjust accordingly.
Thanks for replying promptly. Even I was thinking of doing the latter but was not sure about the time thingie. Let me see...will most probable do the latter.
Hi sharmilee,I usually prepare cake in microwave high mode for 5 min.Tell me the baking settings in convection mode for IFB.
@IndianSpiceMagic : Many have tried the same cake in microwave too, you can follow the same temperature timing alone keep for the orginal timing then adjust accordingly.
I did it :) I made a rainbow cake out of this recipe. I had doubled the amount but felt i shud have made two cakes because the centre was a undercooked but over all it turned out well. Have a look herehttp://books-life-n-more.blogspot.in/2012/08/a-bday-rainbow-cake.html
Thanks for this recipe,tried it last night.It tasted heavenly.although i have a doubt.everything was perfect except for the texture. it was not as yours.mine was very light and porous,if you know what i mean.was it because the cake batter filled only little less than half in my cake tin?.my cup measurement is 200ml,all others are taken in the same cup.
@iffu : May be yes that was also once reason...and for 200ml the baking soda would have been more as my cup measures 250ml.
This cake turned out to be excellent. I made 12 cupcakes out of it and had to adjust the baking time and its the softest cake i have ever had. I decorated with lemon whipped cream icing. Best ever! Thanks for the recipe.
Hi Sharmi,Finally made the post of this cake made with your recipe and posted in my blog, do check it out. Thanks for the lovely and fool-proff dish, I have used it as a basic sponge and made a butter icing to go with it.PriyaRose Celebration Cake for Husband
Hi., First of all thanks for your recipes.All are great recipes. Pics are self explanatory. great work. I tried it. The cake turned brown , crispy at the sides and at the center its white and soggy. Could you suggest me y ?I have only greased the glassbowl, havnt used the butter paper. is that reason . Any thing else?By the way, 2 mins cake was great hit :)One more dbt reg panneer butter masala. Once i add the milk with spices , it starts curdling. y so?
@Neela : No even without butterpaper the cake will not get crisp....I doube either on the mode(use bake mode) or the tin....try baking in aluminium/silicon/nonstick baking tins....becos I havent tried baking cakes in glass trays...Hope this helps....Simmer after adding milk to avoid curdling.....
hi i tried this recipe for my sister in laws birthday cake. divided it in half and baked 2 layers. turned out so beautiful and moist, everyone loved it. we dont really get readily available curd as such in south africa, but i tried it with something called "maas", also known as sour milk and the texture etc was perfect. thank you for this recipe, its a keeper!
Thanks for posting this recipe.this has become my staple eggless cake recipe and i make it very often with varations1) I added abt 3/4 cup coarsely ground oats and 3/4 of a finely chopped apple and turned it into a an OATMEAL APPLE MUFFINS with ghee instead of oil and about a handful of badam powdered in the mixer plus some more finely chopped and topped on the top..It was awsome...2) I added about 3 tbsp cocoa powder and made it into a chocolate cake came out very nice and reasonably soft even though the texture was not looking so airy soft and porous and light.what cud be the reason?thanks a gain hope to hear from u.Take care and happy Diwali!!Bless u
@Ashesnroses: Baking soda gives a nice porous texture but dont know why it didnt give the same texture for the chocolate cake....not sure as I havent tried much variations exceot for few flavour additions....
@Prithi: If the batter did not bubble then there is problem with the activeness of baking soda....
baked this cake last weekend, it was yummy and got over within no time ! the step by step explanation is just perfect..followed it as is and the cake turned out to be excellent..thanks :)
Hi,i tried yr cake recipe twice but not turned as spongy like yrs.Pls tell us if we take any small cup for measurement n follow same for other ingredients does it matter? I dnt knw whnvr i bake eggless cake it pops whn inside in OTG as it cumes out frm OTG its not spongy at all. Why ?. aftr mising maida wit oil batter how much time we shld blend?? pls tell..Thanks Simran
@Simran: Blending there is no specified time just mix it till creamy...yes you can try with a smaller measure and check.
my mix just did not bubble so added the flour anyway..... end result was yummy but oily/moist.... any idea what i did wrong
@Prithi : If the bubbles dont appear it shows the baking soda is inactive...
hi sharmi, thanks for your receipe, i baked the cake in cooker as i don have oven and it turned out excellent so soft and spongy.
hi i am new to baking and ur ardent fan. i am planning to bake this tomorrow as my first baking attempt. can i use aluminium foil instead of butter paper as i dont have butter paper with me? or just greasing the pan with butter wud be enough?
@Shree : No just skip it and just grease the pan well and add the batter directly. Aluminium foil for cakes is not suitable...
Hi Sharmilee, Can you pls tell the measurement for a 6 inch cake tin
@Sweta : Not really sure, you can double and see
How much kg would I get with this amount?
@Chithra L Not really sure....
ok tx chechi
Is it mandatory to use baking soda...? Can it be replaced with equal amount of baking powder ?
@MSK : Baking soda is mandatory and acts as a main rising agent here....so dont use baking powder as replacement it will sure affect the texture of the cake.
Hi, Thank you so much for the lovely recipe! The vanilla cake was a big hit :)It was the first time i tried baking a cake and i wanted to start with the vanilla cake, i followed the recipe given by you and it turned out really well. Everyone loved it at home too. Thanks again.Regards,Ashwini
hai,am a beginner in baking,want to know abt cup measures.why is it not the same measure for flour and liquid?
Yogurt is a must for this recipe, it gives a nice texture to the cake, so dont skip it
Heey,Could you help me? I wanted to bake this cake, it seems lovely! Only, I don't have much time and I didn't buy curd. Is yoghurt okay? Please answer.Thank you,Beginner
Hi,Your cake looks so yummy. Can I use butter instead of cooking oil? Please suggest.Regards,Sai
Hi Sharmi.. Thank you for this amazing recipe. You know one funny thing. When you created a page for comments cause the comment limit ran out, this recipe caught my attention. I looked at the comments and instead of ppl just saying it was good, i saw a lot of ppl tried and gave feedback.. I knew I will use this when I make a cake. I am usually scared of baking cakes and so it took me this long to finally get to making it. We all loved the cake. I even made a Nutella Buttercream frosting to go with it. Do check out my post (and follow me) if you get a chance.. http://arusuvai-kurippu.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/eggless-vanilla-sponge-cake-with.htmlThanksRoshni
Hi Sharmi.. I have a microwave with convention option.. so can i use the same reciepe and try??do i have to make any change in temp & time settings ?? Can i use a borosil glass container instead of cake tin..Please do let me know.. have tried many reciepes and always failed :(I'm Hoping to bake atleast one good cake for my little daughter..
Yes you can bake in your oven itself....temp no change, keep an eye on the timings alone....check 5mins before the orginal timing and then increase the timing accordingly.
hi sharmi...is butter paper a must?? wat will happen if i dont use butter papaer?
Hi Sharmi, If i am using Self raising flour,should i still use baking soda and baking powder,if yes,it is the same ratio.I dont have APF in hand.Cheers
I have not used self rising flour at all so not really sure of the substitute....
Thanks sharmi ,i am waiting to do this cake.
i made this as a cupcake following the recipe exactly,it tasted super next day,i didnt miss my egg it tasted great.it is keeper recipe.
Hi Sharmi,Very nice blog and loads of interesting and healthy recipes. Can I use a beater for mixing and can powdered sugar be used instead of granulated sugar? I would like to try this recipe as my husband loves vanilla cakes.Thanks,Lakshmi.
Yes you can use beater....Yes powdered sugar can be used but check the measures accordingly....
Butter paper is not a must....it will just be messfree to unmould. But you can also grease with maida and butter and skip butter paper
i still cant believe how beautiful this cake came out sharmi :) it was so damn soft....i jus loved it :) this is the receipe that im gona use for mt daughter's first bday :) :)
Can maida be substituted with regular white/wheat/all purpose flour?
I am not sure of wheat flour but APF/white flour is ok to go
hi, sharmithanks for such a useful recipe for beginner's like me...I tried ur recipe twice but unfortunately it doesn't came out good a single time.I don't know where i m making d mistake. Please help me.can u tell me for how long the final mixture should be beaten. may be it can make any difference to my cake.I used my convection microwave for making this cake. if any different temperature settings are required, then please provide it. this time I want my cake to come out good...thnks
Oh sorry to hear that...Its not advisable to go with the timing for beating, the batter should be creamy without any lumps, dont beat it for more than 3-4mins at the last stage.I have given the temperature and timing, please follow that. Can you tell what happens to ur cake...Is it underbaked / overbaked or ?
My cake does not rise properly and in turn gets a little harder at the corners. It does not look and taste soft and spungy as the cakes we get in market.and one thing more I want to tell u that I used a borosil vessel for my cake and baked it in convection mode.
Oh not really sure why this happens...may be try it with a baking tin next time and check if you face this issue.
I came across this recipe while searching for an eggless cake and once I read the recipe, I was hooked. I had to try it then and there and started preparing it. Had no maida so prepared it with wheat flour. The best eggless vanilla cake I ever had and evevn with wheat flour, it came out fabulous. Loved the recipe. I would love to post it in my blog giving due credits to u. Hope thats fine :)
Hi I am new to this blog. I tried this cake in cake flour not in maida. Its not comes good. Shall I use the cake flour for this receipe. Pls reply
I have not used cake flour so really not sure of the outcome with cake flour.I suggest you to try this with maida and see.
can i bake this cake in a pressure cooker plzz reply fast my dad's birthday is approaching
I havent tried baking cakes in pressure cooker so not sure about it....
hi sharmi! i am new to baking. Wannna try this cake. will u plz tell me the size of pan used? i have 20 22 and 24cm's. and can i use a spring-foam tin?reply
I am not very sure but guess its 8inch in diameter
Hi Sharmi,This is a great recipe for eggless cake. I jus have one doubt - instead of maida, can i use all purpose flour???Also, it would be great if you could post the recipe for vanilla or buttercream frosting for the cake...Thanks,Raynu
I am not sure of the difference between all purpose flour and maida...Is there any? Sure will post it in future...
Hi, i have been making choco chip muffins as per the recipe you have put up and they are very nice. I tried the same ingredients and measurements and baked it as a proper cake. The base and the side crust have turned out almost leathery and tough. The muffins turns turned nice, don't know what happened? maybe i used butter paper...could that be a reason? what should i do to avoid this. Thank you so much Sharmilee for your lovely recipes and prompt replies!!
Oh really not sure....did you increase the baking time as muffins and cupcakes bake faster than normal tin cakes....
hi , i made this cake yday night . was super good . but my cake was in a dark brown shade , i didnt have the butter paper (probable reason for the brown colour?) . do u have any recipe to make normal bread ?
It depends on the oven settings and timing....I usually place in middle rack and browning is mild like you can see in the pics...may be next time reduce the timing by 5mins and check.No I haven tried my hands in bread baking yet will surely post it when I am successful in it :)
I baked using my convection oven but the top cracked. What is the mistake I'm doing. Followed the exact measurements and but had to stop at 20 minutes since the cake was cracking
A mild crack is ok as you can see in my stepwise my cake cracked in the middle too....Did you have cracks only in the middle or the total cake collapsed??
Cn u tell me...the icing u used on the sponge cake that..... white icing base on which u used small colourful balls n thin choco....
I used readymade icing for the cake.....:)
Hi sharmi,I have tries this cake for more than 10 times now and everytime it was as tasty.I make muffins also with same recipe.only doubt i have is my cake doesnt seem to rise much..it looks soft and fluffly though. Can you tell me the round cake tin size that u have used.
It depends on the batter consistency and also make sure you pour atleast 1/2-3/4th of the cake tin.I think its 4inch radius not really sure though....
I tried your recipe but cake was uncooked in middle. Although the texture was same as in pics. But it tasted as raw. Does somethng got wrong or is it that way only ? Thanks.
I think it must have been underbaked, as you say that the center is uncooked....Each oven is different with timing and setting so adjust the timing according to your oven.....
hi sharmi,just now i baked this cake, and it turned hard in center and sticky in sideswhat to do?what is wrong with me?
Usually when the cake is underbaked it will turn sticky so you can bake for few more mins and see...To check if the cake is done insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and check if it comes out clean...Please go through my notes section for more details.
Hello Sharmi..The cake turned out to be SUPER SOFT.. BUT!! it tastes slightly bitter... used home made curd.. My doubt is on the vanilla essence.. added the exact quantity.. Is it so :( Please help.. even if the cake's so soft, it doesnt matter coz it doesnt taste so great!!
Not sure, I use Bakers brand vanilla essence which works for me.....Try a good brand vanilla essence next time
please suggest few good vanilla essence brands.. so that I can luk for them in the market (in case i dont find bakers brand) ..
I am really not sure of other brands, if I come across any good brand will update here
My cake turned out super moist and tasty Sharmilee :) The only problem I found was the top of my cake was slightly dry and cracked but inside it was perfectly cooked and moist. Any ideas on how to avoid that?
Try to brush the cake with milk after its 75% done.....
Hi sharmilee, I baked this cake today...tastes good but isn't airy and light! What can be the reason? Mine had cracks on top too
Even my cake cracks at the top but that shouldnt be a problem, but not sure about the texture you are mentioning
Okay, i have two questions and they might seem stupid but I've not really had any experience baking so I want to make sure this turns out okay.1) Can I use a vanilla pod instead of the vanilla extract?2) I want to add some food colouring to the cake, when is the best time to add it? Once all the ingredients have been mixed together or as I'm mixing them together?
1.Yes you can2.Add it along with batter but use liquid colors for best results
Hi Sharmilee,I tries vanilla sponge cake twice. My batter was very thick and cake turned out to be bit hard and oily. I used all the ingredients as per the measurement.I used thick shop curd. Can i use more curd to make batter smooth? Or is there any other reason for batter to be so thick?
Oh I am really not sure but the cake batter should be very thin more like our dosa batter consistency.....May be next time add little water to curd beat it well and add it(do this only if ur curd is too thick)
Thanks a lot for your response :) I am going to try again for my daughters birthday :) your blog is too good :)
Hi Sharmilee, I tried this eggless sponge cake. I followed your recipe and added all ingredients. Curd is home made it was not too thick. My cake batter was thick and it did not flow freely into cake tin. And, Cake didnot raise. I tried to keep it for more time. But, no good results. Cake turned out like dry badusha, Awaiting your suggestions. Thanks,Rev
The batter should be flowing for this recipe, may be ur wet ingredients were not enough....that might be the problem for the cake to be dry
Hi sharmilee,I tried the recipe 3 times..every time crust and the sides became hard and in middle it remained unbaked even after 1hr of baking.. Please help me resolve this issue.
Hello Sharmilee,Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I was wondering if i could add lemon juice to make the cake rise a little bit more?
Lemon juice to cake...that sounds new to me....not sure of such rising agents
Thank you for your quick reply. In your Eggless Chocolate Cake recipe you added lemon juice, you said. "When lemon juice reacts with baking soda it helps the cake to rise." So thats why i was thinking if it could also apply to the Eggless Vanilla Cake.
Hi Sharmilee, Can we follow this method to make the cake in pressure cooker !!
hi Sharmi, baked this cake and it was wonderful. The only problem was I used peanut oil and got bitter aftertaste. In one comment u said u used saffola oil. But there are 4-5 types of saffola oil available. Which one exactly did u use?? Can i use Sunflower oil or soyabean oil instend?
I use green packet but I am not very specific I sometimes use olive oil too so that doesnt matter...the only thing you need to make sure is that the oil shouldnt have after taste...Hope this helps!!
Superb recipe, made for my daughter's b'day today. Everybody loved it.
Thank you for the recipe. I tried it 2 days ago in the convection mode of my oven. It came out really well and my family enjoyed it too.
In MW convection oven, how long should I preheat the oven? And can I place the baking tray directly on the glass or should I place it on a steel rack? Also is there any alternative for baking soda? Is it mandatory?
I am really not sure about microwave as I haven't used microwave at all....Your oven manual is the right place to check....
Hi. Thanks so much for the blog. Can you use cake flour instead of all purpose flour. Made the cake today and it came out well. However after taking it out of the oven it sunk slightly in the centre but not too much, even though the cake was dry when I tested it. Is that normal? Thanks so much.
No this cake is moist not that dry, curd and oil gives a nice moist texture to the cake....Nto sure of cake flour substitutes and measures
Hi Sharmi, i have a morphy richards 28l otg at home. The otg came with a cooking tray. Can that be used for making this cake?..If not pl suggest the size of the cake tin to buy...Am new to baking.so, pl pardon if its a stupid qn :)
You can use the tray for baking cookies but for cakes you need to use tin kind....Just buy tins that fits into your oven and according to your requirements
Hi Sharmi, The cake turned to be very yummy and very very soft. I used Vanilla yoghurt instead of essence. I have a question, How to get the top white coating as yours? What is that readymade icing?
Thanks for the info Sharmi..am a huge fan of your blog..gr8 work :)
@Gayathri : I used readymade whipped cream powder to make cream and just applied on the cake :) Am yet to experiment much on icing...
This is definitely a 100% foolproof recipe sharmi..tried it few weeks back and since it was my 1st baking experience, i had ur recipe by my side and followed it exactly..the cake turned out awesome and our whole family enjoyed it...thanks for such an easy recipe..it sure is a keeper for anyone wanting to try baking for the 1st time..keep up the great job..
hi, can i use yoghurt with sugar?
Hi Sharmi , I have tried this in my friends oven and it came perfectly. Now I have bought myself a new Rowenta gourmet electric oven. Can I try this recipe with same settings in natural convection mode?
I am not aware of the working of electric oven...Is it OTG or microwave with convection mode? If the oven is intended to bakes cakes then go ahead with it....
Sure I ll try in natural convection mode. Thanks Sharmi :)
Thanks for the awesome super easy recipe. I have a question about baking soda n baking powder. What is the ratio of both for eggless baking. I normally mess up with eggless baking n my cakes crack on top. Please suggest. I use convention mode 180°C
Each cake recipe is different so the ratios vary accordingly.....Reg cracking on top it doesnt really matter if it cracks on top unless and until the cake is cooked inside
Awesome Awesome Awesome !!! I gave this recipe for my daughter to explore baking and the 13 year old was thrilled to see the cake come out perfect. So far the best eggless cake recipe
Hi sharmilee ji i tried ur chocolate cake recp. It cm iut very well in 1st attempt. I m very thankfull to u for these simple recp. 2day 8 will b trying vanilla cake only doubt is what if d cake sit back once we open d oven 10 mins b4 to brush up with milk?
No you can just brush it by still keeping the pan inside the oven itself
Had to comment before this page runs out too.. Thank you Sharmi for sharing the recipe.. :) I simply followed your instructions step by step with the tip of 1 and 1/4 cup curds + 1/4 cup oil.. and my cake looks gorgeous.. it is moist, spongy and even got the brown shiny glaze.. I am still amazed because I am a horrible baker myself.. I wonder how people had so many doubts on this one though (sorry fellas).. Thanks Again..SH
Hi Sharmee,We have convention microwave oven , can you tell me what temperature to preheat and how much time for baking this cake?
Just tried this today with a few modifications to make a 'lighter' version of fruitcake and it was fantastic. I added 100g of boxed dried mixed fruits (pre soaked in lemon juice) and half teaspoon of mixed spice. Baked in a 8x4 loaf tin for about an hour at 180C. It turned out really well. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.
I tried out this cake...it came out really good & spongy...Thanks for shearing recipe.one thing i love about ur recipe is all ingredients are easily available at home..i m big fan of ur recipies...keep it up !!
What must be the size of the cake pan that can be used to bake this cake.Is an 8 inch round cake pan enough to bake the above mentioned quantity cake
Hi SharmileeWill this quantity get fit into a 8 inch cake tin for baking
Mine is a 4 inch round pan and the batter came to 1/2 of the pan
Hi SharmileeSeems a gr8 recipe from the number of positive comments. I'm going to bake this cake now. Quick ques: regarding baking temperatures n time. Did you bake at 200°C for 10 mins then lowered the temp to 180°C n continued baking for additional 30-35 mins. So totally did you bake for 10+35=45 mins? Awaiting your reply.UV
Yes but it depends on the oven too so keep an eye after 40mins in total
can I use butter instead of oil?