Choco Walnut Cake

Ingredients

1 cup of all purpose flour
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
½ cup of cocoa powder
½ cup of chopped walnuts

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 200 C. Grease and line a 6 inch round pan. Sift cocoa powder & flour together 2-3 times.
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 mixture in 4 lots, blending in well after each addition.
3. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top. Bake at 200°C for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 170-180°C and bake for 20-25 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

If you want to add dried fruits and nuts in the batter than slightly roast them and coat in flour before adding.

I used oil for my cake.

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

I have realized that the baking time in OTG & convection microwave oven may vary. I bake in convection mode of my Microwave and hence timing are according to that. eg this cake takes 25 minutes at after reducing temp 170°C in the convection mode, but it takes much lesser in OTG. So please monitor time based on the appliance you are using.