Its Christmas season and everywhere i can see cakes and sweets so even i felt like baking some simple cake.This Date cake recipe is my grandmothers traditional eggless cake recipe.When i was small she used to make it many times and i used to love it.The best part of it is, its eggless and yet it turns out very soft and tasty.I make it often now and enjoy.My grandmother used to use to bake it in pressure cooker but i bake it using a oven or microwave.I add some walnuts instead of cashewnuts as they go well with dates.This cake is very simple to make yet tasty.But my grandmother used to use oil instead of butter.Once i had used butter, but the cake was not as spongy as with oil, so i make it now using olive oil.
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4-1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup sliced walnuts
1/2 cup oil( i used olive oil)
1 tea spoon baking soda
Seive flour and baking soda 3-4 times together.This is very important to make the cake fluffy.Remove the seeds of the dates and Soak them in enough hot milk for 2 hours.
Now add sugar in soaked date and milk mixture and grind it to form a fine paste.Now add oil and whisk it.Now add half the flour mixture and mix it .Then add the remaining flour and whisk it well.
Batter is ready when it falls like a ribbon from a height.Add more milk to adjust the consistency if required.Finally add the chopped walnuts and mix well.
Preheat the oven and bake at 180 deg for 30-40 mins or till done.I used microwave to bake it.Mostly eggless cake becomes moist and sticky inside when baked in microwave, but i had got a new method so i tried it and it worked well.I preheated the microwave at 180 deg then i baked it at 180 deg for first 10 mins and then lowered the temp to 110 deg and baked for more 30 mins and cake was as fluffy and soft as baked in oven.
I kept it simple and did not add any icing.You can use simple whipped cream icing for it and sprinkle some honey.It tastes best when sprinkled with honey and served.
Preparation Time :40 mins