COCONUT CAKE (eggless)

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Having the privilege of growing up in a big joint Kannada-Marathi hybrid vegetarian family, I was exposed to both the cuisines very early on in my life. I was inspired to take up cooking as a hobby by my aunt, who apart from being a maharashtrian, is a great cook and with whom I share a special bond.

     As a 13 year old, I remember trying my hand at simple Maharashtrian delicacies like sheera, poha, sabudana khichdi, varan(dal), shenga (peanut) chutney. Armed with my mediocre cooking skills, years later, when I tried to rediscover this hobby, baking became a natural extension.

Coconut has always been an integral part of south Indian cuisine, especially the karnataka cuisine. My earliest memories of coconut as a part of sweet dish, was as khobre-sakre in kannada or sakhar-puda in Marathi, which translates to coconut and sugar powder. This powdered sweet treat was distributed soon after the engagement ceremony of couple, among the relatives and guests as a mark of celebration. I remember running after the aunt in charge of distribution, along with my cousins, asking for a second, third, fourth helping. Life was so simple back then, a spoonful of sugary treat would have given so much joy!!!

After years, I experienced the same joy of eating khobre-sakre when I attempted this cake. With dessicated-powdered coconut and coconut milk going into it, the cake has a mild yet distinct coconut flavor. Though few recipes have recommended using coconut oil to bring out a more coconuty flavor, I am yet to experiment with it. Good quality coconut extract is hard to find in this part of the country. So if you are facing the same problem, omit it. The coconut powder and coconut milk will suffice the purpose. The cardamom powder which I usually grind with sugar to form cardamom flavored powdered sugar, adds such a divine aroma and flavor to the cake. If there’s one marriage I consider closest to the successful coupling of orange-chocolate in sweets and bakes, then it has to be coconut-cardamom. You have to make it to believe in the heavenly combination.

This cake is just like how it looks in the picture, light and breezy (courtesy: hubby’s orchid in the background:-)), a bit dry, so can be had with hot beverages. It can be made into a dessert if topped with a spoonful of whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, which I’am yet to try. Recipe adapted and slightly modified from

coconut cake (eggless)


  • All purpose flour (maida)- 1 cup
  • Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon
  • Caster sugar / refined sugar- ½ cup
  • Cardamom- 2-3 number
  • Dessicated coconut- ½ cup
  • Yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Coconut oil/refined oil- ¼ cup
  • Coconut milk -½ cup
  • Coconut extract- few drops (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C, grease and dust 7’ square tin. (note: I have doubled the recipe, so used a 9’ round tin)
  2. Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda.Add dessicated coconut.
  3. In a blender jar, finely powder sugar with few pods of cardamom.
  4. Add coconut milk, curd and oil in the jar one by one and blend well, till it becomes a uniform liquid mixture.
  5. Add few drops of coconut extract and give a final whip.
  6. Make a well inside the flour mixture and add the liquid mixture inside it, giving it a slow mix.Do not use hand mixer or do not mix vigorously with hand.
  7. After the powder and liquid are completely incorporated, transfer the contents to the greased tin. Give a mild tap on the counter to remove any entrapped air bubbles.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180 degree C till a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.Cool the cake on rack before slicing.


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Hi , I’am Neelima and welcome to my space!! I’am a full time practicing dentist. Cooking had always been my passion, and baking which had started as a fascination is now crossing over to be an obsession.

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2 Responses

  1. rashmi says:

    Would definitely try this…n pics are very very nice,beautiful….cake looks light…really want a bite…

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