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Eggless Chocolate Cake with a Crusty Walnut Layer

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  • Author: Priya Sreeram
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6


The soft cake topped with a crusty nutty layer gives the bake a different high and is the perfect accompaniment to the afternoon tea.


For the cake:

  • Butter -50 grams
  • Condensed Milk- 200 grams
  • Milk – 1/2cup (approx 120 ml)
  • Flour – 100 grams
  • Cocoa Powder- 30 grams
  • Baking Powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Choco essence-1/4 tsp

For the crispy layer:

  • Granulated Sugar- 60 grams
  • Vanaspathi / Shortening – 60 grams
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • All Purpose Flour- 120 grams
  • Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  • Milk – 1/2cup (approx 120 ml)
  • Walnuts – 4 tbsp
  • Chocolate (grated/chopped) – 4 tbsp


  1. For the cake layer:
  2. Grease a cake tin and dust it with flour. Preheat oven to 175C.
  3. Beat butter till soft and add condensed milk. Mix well.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder and soda-bi-carb. Add to it the cocoa powder. Mix milk and essence. Add milk mixture and flour mixture little by little to the butter and mix it slowly.
  5. Pour it into the cake tin and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. For the crispy layer/cookie dough:
  7. Beat sugar and vanaspathi until fluffy.
  8. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  9. Sift flour with baking powder.
  10. Add it to the shortening/vanaspathi mix. Now add milk little by little and when the sticky dough consistency is reached stop adding milk.
  11. To assemble the cake:
  12. After 10 minutes, remove cake tin from oven and spread the cookie dough evenly on the half baked cake.
  13. The cookie dough may penetrate the top layer of cake. Don’t worry because that gives a nice merged cake.
  14. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts and grated chocolate.
  15. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or till the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let it cool.
  16. Invert the tin and remove the cake from the tin. Use another plate to invert the cake again.
  17. Cut it to pieces and enjoy with your desired cuppa.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
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