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Eggless Elaichi (Cardamom) Cake

Eggless_Elaichi_Cake_1 Every year I used to buy cake to celebrate my wedding anniversary (February 12th). This year I thought of baking at home. As my family members like cakes with traditional flavors without cream, I baked two simple eggless sponge cakes. One with cardamom flavor and the other with cashew nuts and raisins. I used milk for mixing the cake flour and the result was an awesome sponge cake. I baked this cardamom cake in microwave oven in convection cooking mode.

Cardamom is known as Elaichi in Hindi and as Ellakkai or Yellakai in Tamil.

Cooking time: 45 minutes including baking time


  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Condensed milk – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Milk – ½ cup approximately
  • Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate) – ½ tea spoon
  • Salt less melted butter  – cup
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tea spoon



  • Mix milk, condensed milk, melted butter in a container and keep (item A); sieve twice the flour, soda bi carbonate, baking powder, cardamom powder in another container (item B); now mix both item A and B; mix it in one direction till the batter comes to dropping consistency like idli batter.

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  • Now preheat the oven for 10 minutes; now grease the cake mould (size 6 inch x 6 inch x 2 inch) with butter, dust it with some flour; pour the cake batter and bake it at 200 degrees for 20 minutes; check it with a skewer in the centre to confirm whether it is done or not; when it is done, allow it to cool.

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  • Then reverse it on a serving plate.


  • Now Elaichi flavored spongy cake is ready. Cut into pieces as required.


  • Here is a cutaway section of Eggless Elaichi Cake.



  • As milk is used instead of water, the cake will be spongy.
  • The sugar in condensed milk is enough for sweetness. If you want it more sweeter, add powdered sugar in milk and butter.
  • Do not melt butter directly on flame. Keep the required butter in a container and keep the container in warm water for butter to melt.
  • Baking time and temperature may vary slightly from oven to oven of different brands.

Update: April 22, 2011

Temperature specified is Celsius.

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Priya February 12, 2010, 2:23 am

    Cake looks spongy and soft…love the flavour of elaichi, looks yummmm!!

  • pavithra February 12, 2010, 2:24 am

    Wow the cake looks so moist, fluffy and nice flavor.. I can smell from here…looks too tempting.

  • Sushma Mallya February 12, 2010, 9:35 am

    cake looks perfectly done,soft and spongy..loved this cake and love the cardamom flavour in it too…something different….even i have posted an eggless cake yesterday, will surley try ur version too…

  • Padma April 15, 2011, 7:13 am

    Ok! The timings are way off. I tired this recipe came out really goo. However I had to cook for HOUR and HALF. Good recipe but timings off.

  • Kamala April 15, 2011, 9:48 pm

    @ Padma
    Baking time may vary oven to oven due to thermal efficiency. Baking time is likely to increase more, if you frequently open the oven door to check whether it is baked.

  • ts April 21, 2011, 9:47 pm

    The recipe calls for 200 degrees. Somebody might want to comment upon whether the recipe calls for 200 degrees celsius or farenheit. Usually 200 degrees Farenheit is just for keeping food warm. Hope this helps :)

  • Lakshmi July 28, 2011, 1:20 am

    Thanks for the recipe.
    One of my neighbors made this and since then I have become a fan of this cake.
    Very delicious.

  • Kanthi November 25, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Looks appetizing. My microwave does not have convection mode, possible to try this in the grill mode?

  • Anandakumar February 26, 2013, 5:09 am

    I tried this cake. It came out really nice. All of my friends were asked impressed with this cake.

    Thank you so much for your tips. Specially to the pictures, they were very help ful

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