Thursday, January 23, 2014

Eggless Vanilla Cake |Pressure Cooker Vanilla Cake

Pressure cooker  cake

Eggless vanilla cake baked in a pressure cooker.
Recipe source: Sanjeev Kapoor
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6 to 8

  1. All purpose flour- 1 cup
  2. Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
  3. Baking Soda-1/4 tsp
  4. Salt-1 pinch
  5. Powdered sugar-1/4 cup
  6. Condensed milk-1/2 cup
  7. Butter-1/4 cup
  8. Milk-1/2 cup
  9. Vanilla extract- 1.5 to 2 tsp
  10. Orange zest-1 tsp (optional)
  11. Cashew nuts,chopped- 2 to 3 tbsp(optional)
  12. Raisins- 1 to 2 tbsp(optional)

  • Grease a 6" cake tin,keep aside.Preheat the pressure cooker ( procedure given below)

  • In another bowl,combine together powdered sugar,condensed milk and butter using a whisk.Mix well until combined.
  • In a bowl,combine together all purpose flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt using a whisk.Fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in 2 batches alternating with the milk.
  • Add vanilla extract,orange zest ,cashew nuts and raisins.Mix until combined.Do not over mix.
  • Spoon the batter into the greased cake pan.Top with raisins and cashew nuts ,if desired.
  • Place the cake tin over the grid,in a preheated pressure cooker.Bake on low flame for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  • Carefully remove the cake tin.Allow it to cool slightly and invert the cake tin to remove the cake.
  • To bake using a pressure cooker

  • Firstly add 1 to 1.5 cups salt to the pressure cooker.(You can also use sand instead of salt.)This is done to maintain the heat while baking.
  • Remove the gasket and the vent weight.
  • Place the grid above the salt layer and close the pressure cooker.Preheat the cooker for 5 minutes on high flame.

  • Carefully open the cooker and place the cake tin  on the grid , cover the cooker.(Make sure that the cake tin does not touch the sides of the pressure cooker).Reduce the flame to low.Cook for about 25 minutes.
  • After about 25 minutes,check if the cake is done by inserting a wooden skewer into the center of the cake.If the skewer comes out clean,the cake is done, otherwise cook for another 5 or 10 minutes.( mine took almost 1 hour over the lowest flame of the stove).The baking time actually depends on the type of pressure cooker that you use and also the temperature settings of the stove.Be careful not to overbake the cake or else it will become too dry.

  • NOTES.
    • Do not use the rubber gasket and weight valve while cooking.
    • Do not add water inside the cooker,as we are trying to create an oven like environment and not steaming the cake.( You can find the recipe for steamed chocolate cake here)
    • Do not use your pressure cooker to bake on a regular basis,as it can decrease the strength of the metal .

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