Cashew Cake

Cashew Cake

Last week was my father-in-law’s 77th birthday and he invited some of his friends (read senior citizens) for a party at home. Keeping in mind everyone’s age and preferences, I kept the menu very simple and everyday food.

Cashew Cake

There was Poha, sambhar-vada, dhokla, chutney, sev and hot tea. His friends got him a cake from a bakery and I made him another simple but rich in taste which will specially appeal to elderly, Cashew Cake.

Cashew Cake

I followed my basic cake recipe which I have conquered for tea cakes. I replaced some flour with cashew flour or meal. The more you replace, the dense cake can be. I recommend somewhere between 1/4 cup to max 1/2 cup of flour replacement.

Apart from richness, addition of cashew flour gives better taste and a softness which cannot come with essence. The taste is simple yet something like an Indian sweet. A very suitable cake to please elders, in-laws or people looking for different flavours. This cake lies somewhere near a Mawa Cake.

Cashew Cake

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Cashew Cake

Ingredients

1 cup of all purpose flour
½ cup of cashew flour or meal (cashew powder)
1 cup of home-made curd
¾ cup of granulated sugar
½ teaspoon of baking soda
teaspoon of baking powder
½ cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
¼ cup of blanched and roasted almonds

Preparation

1.Preheat oven to 200 C. Grease and line a 6 inch round pan. Sift flour 2-3 times. After toasting almonds in the oven, gently split them into 2 or you can use whole almonds also.
2.In a large bowl, beat the sugar and yogurt for 5 minutes on high speed. Add baking powder and baking soda, beat in on low, and allow to stand for 3 minutes. You will find that bubbles appear. Beat in the oil and vanilla extract to the curd mixture. Slowly add the flour in 2 lots, blending in well after each addition. Fold in cashew meal now gently.
3.Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Top with toasted almond slices. Bake at 200°C for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 170-180°C and bake for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
4.Cool the cake for 30 minutes and then overturn onto a plate. Wait for at least 2 hours before slicing it, else it doesn't slice neatly.

Notes

Heaped 1/4 cup of whole cashews will give approximately 1/2 cup of cashew flour.

I used oil for my cake.

Like a quickbread it is best to slice the cake next day.