Lohri Special | Quinoa Sesame Chocolate Cake | Baking with Whole Wheat Flour | Wok Baking

You might ask why quinoa is in a cake? Because it’s so moist, delicious chocolate cake ever. You won’t believe me until you try it. Quinoa is the “hero” for this delicious chocolate cake. And this ingredient is just magical. It’s packed with protein and gives the cake a rich, nutty texture that I love.

Lohri Special

First, we need cooked quinoa to start with. I am using my Instant pot to cook my quinoa. It should usually be rinsed before use to remove its bitter coating, so check packet instructions. Roast for 5 minutes and add 1 & 1/4 cups water to one cup of grain, cover, simmer and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the germ separates from the seed. It is done.

Quinoa Sesame Chocolate Cake

Another secret ingredient in this cake recipe is Greek Yogurt. If you’re thinking “it’s all Greek to me,” then it’s time to explore how Greek yogurt adds a secret weapon of deliciousness and delight to your healthy baking repertoire. Greek yogurt is a style of yogurt that’s been thoroughly strained of its whey, resulting in a far thicker consistency than regular yogurt. This style has long been favored in parts of Europe and the Middle East; referring to it as “Greek” or “Greek-style” yogurt is simply a nod to this fact. Like unstrained yogurt, it comes in a variety of different flavors or can be purchased plain.

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Ingredients :

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups

Greek yogurt – 1 cup

Brown sugar – 1/2 or 3/4 cup

Cooked Quinoa – 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup

Toasted sesame seeds – 1/8 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Toasted sesame seeds ( 2 tbsp ), quinoa puffs (4 tbsp) for topping

Method :

  1. Dry mixture: Shift whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda with salt. Mix salt and keep it aside.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder add brown sugar, curd, oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix sesame seeds with cooked quinoa with dry ingredients. Then add wet mixture and mix it well.
  4. Put prepared batter into a greased pan. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  5. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds, quinoa puffs over prepared cake batter and with help of spatula press gently.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing.

Tips:

  1. Baking time may vary.
  2. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of water or milk.
  3. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour 30 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
Wok Baking
HOW TO BAKE THE CAKE IN KADAI (WOK)

In a heavy bottom, kadai add a cup of salt or sand. Place a steel stand in a wok. Cover and preheat the kadai on high heat for about 8 minutes. (Adding salt at the bottom ensures that the kadai doesn’t burn. Heavy bottom kadai acts as oven and ensures even cooking from all sides). I never used salt in my baking because I use a heavy bottom kadai (Prestige Brand) and I am baking for the past 2 years in the same kadai. It works perfectly fine. But, it depends on the brand, quality of the kadai.

After 8 minutes, lower the heat and put the baking tin in a kadai (wok). Cover a lid and bake bread for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the bread is done. If batter still sticks to the knife then again bread for another 10 minutes.

My Bestie Birthday | Chocolate Orange Cake | Boiled Orange Choco Cake

True friendship gets stronger no matter what distance that may be between them be it oceans or billions of miles, it only gets stronger with time. Even distance or something else is not a hindrance to true friendship. Feel free to send your friends these long distance birthday wishes and continue with the special bond and we hope your friendship will continue to blossom.

My Bestie & Me

I baked this cake for my bestie who is living miles away. Today is her birthday and she is a huge chocolate fan. This chocolate orange celebration cake is no ordinary cake. The secret of this Orangey tasty cake is – The Whole Boiled Mandarin. When Mandarin is boil for that long, its bitterness slips into the water. You can use the whole Mandarin with skin and all, for a moist and delicious result. You can used malta orange as well. Do try this cake.

Chocolate Orange Cake

My Bestie Birthday | Chocolate Orange Cake | Boiled Orange Choco Cake

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Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder – 1/8 cup
Malta Orange – 2 (small size)
Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Refined Oil – 1/4 cup
Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup
A pinch of salt

For Topping:
I used chocolate easter eggs – 6
Milk – 2 tbsp
Chocolate chips – 2 tbsp
Few Fresh slices of Oranges

Method:

  1. Boil whole orange (with skin) in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water (cook in low flame till one whistle ) or in a saucepan put 2 cups of water and orange. Boil it for 30 minutes covered in low flame. After boiling allow orange to cool down completely. Then remove its pulp and remove pith from the skin.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder mix sugar, oil, yogurt, boiled orange (with the skin after removing pith) and grind into a smooth batter.
  3. Dry mixture: Sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Mix dry and wet mixtures.
  4. Put prepared batter into a greased pan and tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  5. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
Boiled Orange Choco Cake

Tips:

  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
  2. Baking time may vary.
  3. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of curd.
  4. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. For best results use orange with thin skin.
  6. “Malta” orange is perfect for this cake.

My Favorite Combo – Chocolate & Orange

For Topping : Melt easter chocolate eggs in a microwave for few minutes. Add little milk and mix it well. Quick Chocolate ganache is ready. Spread evenly on cake and sprinkle some chocolate chips with fresh oranges slices.

Zucchini Chocolate Cake With Whole Wheat Flour | Eggless Cooker Cake | Vegetable Chocolate Cake

This eggless rich and moist Zucchini cake is my favorite way to eat vegetables. The zucchini makes the cake so moist you would never even know there is a vegetable in it. 

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

This cake is not only egg-free but also contains no all-purpose flour or maida and uses oil instead of butter. It’s a perfect way to use up an abundance of zucchini in a dessert. The moisture in the zucchini lends itself to making the most perfect, moist chocolate cake. It tastes delicious – Chocolate lovers do try this ….

Eggless Cooker Cake

Zucchini has such a mild flavor that it pairs beautifully with everything from cinnamon to chocolate. When zucchini is in season, there’s so much to bake with it. In baking, zucchini as an ingredient similar to bananas or applesauce. It adds a wonderful texture and moistness to baked goods like bread or cakes.

Zucchini

Zucchini Chocolate Cake With Whole Wheat Flour | Eggless Cooker Cake | Vegetable Chocolate Cake

One of the fabulous foods of summer is zucchini chocolate cake made with fresh zucchini. It’s a fabulous way to use up all that extra zucchini. Adding the zucchini gives this cake an awesome moist and fluffy texture. The added nutrition is just a bonus.

Vegetable Chocolate Cake

Ingredients :
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Shredded zucchini – 1 cup ( squeezed and dry )
Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup
Greek yogurt- 3/4 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup
Baking soda – 1 tsp
A pinch of himalayan salt
Chocolate sprinkles & crushed pistachios for topping

Tea Time Healthy Cake

Method :

  1. Dry ingredients: In a bowl sieve flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add shredded and squeezed zucchini. Mix them well and keep it aside.
  2. Wet ingredients: In a mixer add brown sugar, curd, and oil. Blend them until smooth.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients together. Put prepared batter into a greased baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle topping over cake and with help of spatula press topping gently. Tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  5. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
Kids Approved Cake – My son Reyansh loved it

Tips:

  • Don’t over mix the prepared batter.
  • Don’t demould quickly allow it to cool down completely.
  • Baking time may vary.
  • Brown sugar can be replaced by white sugar.
  • If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  • If baking in oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
Chocolate Vegetable Cake

Pressure Cooker Method:

Grease the baking tin with oil and dust it by sprinkling whole wheat flour over greased surface evenly. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

Important Notes:

  • Use the baking tin of 6 inches in diameter, so that it can easily get into the pressure cooker.
  • Use a 5-liter pressure cooker. It should be big enough to hold the baking pan.
  • Baking Tin should be made of Aluminium.
  • If baking tin comes into direct contact with the base of the pressure cooker, it can burn ( overbake ) the cake. So use a pressure cooker container which has big holes in it or any aluminum small stand.
  • No gasket and whistle are needed. Remove them before baking.
  • Don’t add water to the pressure cooker
No Oven Cake

How to Bake In A Pressure Cooker?

  1. Heat the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 minutes. Use sea salt or sand as a layer inside a cooker. Put a steel stand on a layer of salt or sand.
  2. Now put the cake tin containing the cake batter ( Do not put water inside the pressure cooker).
  3. Close the pressure cooker lid and do not put the whistle on the lid. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) from the lid.
  4. Lower the flame after 2 minutes. Let it bake for 50 -60 minutes on low flame. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the cake is done.
  5. If batter still sticks to knife then again bake for another 10 minutes. Do not open the lid immediately.
  6. Eggless Pressure Cooker Cake is ready.
Pressure Cooker Cake