Monday, February 21, 2011

Fat Free Almond and Banana Bundt Cake flavoured with Cardamom

I've been baking with bananas so regularly these days that if I say it's banana bread my daughter say can't U make a regular cake like chocolate cake. So this time I baked it in regular size bundt pan & didn't forget "not to mention bananas anywhere", so..... it's cake with chocolate chips......served with some freshly whipped cream and did I mentioned it's cardamom flavor, again something NOT to be mentioned(to her) and yes, no mention of whole wheat flour either & wait there is more almond meal & flax seed.....let me give you the whole recipe but before that another look while cake is cooling down.

No!No!No! it didn't stick to the pan, but....
A Mouse in the House now the recipe.....
What I used :
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour(I use atta available at Indian grocery stores)
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal(grind almonds using a spice/coffee grinder)
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seeds/flax meal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 4 green cardamoms/choti illachi (seeds taken out & crushed into powder,)
  • 2 tablespoon of dark brown sugar
  • handful of chocolate chips
See it didn't stick to the bottom
What I did :
  1. Grease 6 cup capacity bundt pan. & heat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients,including sugar & cardamon powder, making sure there are no lumps.
  3. Mash the bananas to smooth paste, add egg, mix it together.
  4. Mix dry ingredients to wet. Mix everything together & finally fold in handful of chocolate chips.
  5. Bake till toothpick comes out clear, mine was done in exact 30 minutes.
Note :
  1.  Don't throw the outer shell of green cardamons, use them for flavouring tea or rice.
  2. I used 6 cup capacity bundt pan as I wanted to test my new pan(yes I'm addicted to bundt pans now, first I got the baby ones then med. size & this is the new addition to the collection) but I believe this recipe would fit in the 8" or 9" square or round pan also.
  3. If  U don't like cardamom flavour replace it with vanilla.
  4. I tried same recipe egg less also by replacing egg with 1/4 cup buttermilk & increasing baking soda with around 1/4 of tsp. came out good.
  5. I'm not using any butter or oil in this recipe & believe me we didn't miss that, bananas work good as butter substitute also.
  6. Also it's not very sweet but sweetness from bananas & little brown sugar was perfect for our taste buds, but for those who love their cakes more sweet, quantity of sugar can be increased.
 And finally the Mouse is caught in action
did I mentioned she was born in the year of Rat as per Chinese basically she is just doing what she is suppose to do and not giving up any of her mousy tricks....and btw my little mouse had big serving of this cake as her lunch that it goes to Champa for her weekly bake-off.
For other recipes for baking with bananas like cake/biscotti/muffins/bread U can click here.


Unknown said...

hehe..cute mouse..cake looks yumm..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Cake looks so yummy and inviting that I can not wait to prepare it here and taste it. Excellent pics.

Hamaree Rasoi

aipi said...

Gorgeous looking cake..a healthy treat for sure!
Loved your cute little mouse too :)

US Masala

Umm Mymoonah said...

This is one soft and fluffy cake, looks so yummy.

Sushma Mallya said...

perfectly baked cake no wonder there was a cute mouse:)

Rita said...

What a perfect bundt cake! She is so cute having a taste of what is good; smart kid!

Priya Suresh said...

So cute having a bite of the cake, adorable kid..Cake looks fabulous,spongy..

Unknown said...

wow, the pic is so catchy and beautiful that I can almost eat and taste it, lovely presentation dear.

sharada said...

the bundt cake seems perfectly baked...cutie rat there in the pic!

Padhu Sankar said...

Perfect .I love your baby digging the cake.Cute

Champa said...

I am laughing so hard that it is hard to type. Is that your younger one? Mine is just like that. Trying to lick the frosting or take a bite. Most of the times I get saved because my older one screams about it.
Thanks for the entry. Looks really good. Even the mouse eaten part.

Ila said...

Yummy Cake :) perfect clicks :) First time n ur space wonderful happy to follow u :)

Kurinji said...

Yummy cake and glad to follow u!!!


Pavithra Elangovan said...

Fabulous looking cake..absolutely awesome.

Spice said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by & leaving your wonderful thoughts....

Thanks Ila & Kurinji for following spicebuds.....

@ Champa, yes that's my lil' would have been fully saved if older one was at home.....

lubnakarim06 said...

Perfect and yum....who can resist...?

Soma said...

Lol the cute little mouse. Who could resist such a delicious cake? I love using almonds and that way we can eat them guilt free..

can't thank you enough for leaving a comment about the Gond. I did not even think about it. Now I know. I have never made it at home, but have had a lot of laddoos with gond. i have written to her and let her know about the info. Thanks again.

Champa said...

answer to your question is Yes. Sour yogurt.

Preety said...

fat free cake..yummm..can i eat the whole cake and doesn't have to worry about getting fat:).

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

cake looks amazing..mouthwatering n delicious...first time here..u hv a lovely space..
visit mine as time permits..

Unknown said...

How very aromatic and delicious it sounds with the cardamom and it looks great - I'll bet it tasted better that it sounds and looks - Awesome!