Sunday, December 18, 2011

Vanilla Cake Recipe-Pressure Cooker Vanilla Cake Recipe

I have received many queries and emails from friends and many readers asking me for alternative methods of baking cakes which has lead me to do this post. As we know that in India, baking is not that common and many households do not have an oven, but that should not deter one from baking cakes.When I was small, my mother used to bake so many cakes using pressure cooker method as she did not have an electric oven at that time. As this method has be tried and tested so many times in my house, I can assure you that your cake will turn out well. Today we are going to learn how to make vanilla cake in a pressure cooker. I have put chocolate frosting for it as my daughter loves it very much.


Don't have an oven, don't worry, you can still bake cakes this Christmas at home with cooker and surprise your family.

Pressure cooker cake-How to make cake in pressure cooker-Cake in pressure cooker Easy Home Made Basic Vanilla Cake recipe

Adapted from here

Ingredients needed

All purpose flour (maida) - 1 1/2 cup
Sugar (powdered) -1 cup
Egg -2
Butter - 1/2 cup (125 grams)
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup

Preparation

I used the aluminum cooker vessel for baking this cake. Grease the vessel with butter and dust flour. Keep it aside.

Sieve maida, baking powder and salt together twice.

Important point to be noted- Bring everything to room temperature.

Vanilla Cake
Method

Cream butter and sugar well .Use an electric beater or an wooden ladle but beat well untill light and fluffy.

Add eggs and beat again.

Add milk, vanilla essence and beat for a few more minutes.

Fold in flour until well incorporated.

Pour the prepared batter in the prepared cooker vessel.

How to bake cake in Pressure cooker

Fill the cooker with sand till 1 1/2 inches and place the plate you get along with the cooker on top of it. (picture -1)

Preheat the cooker for 5 minutes on high flame with the sand.
(We are following the same principle as in the oven but here the sand is heated and the cake gets cooked in the heat produced by the sand.)

Now, keep the flame in low and place the vessel with the cake batter carefully inside the cooker.

Close the cooker, watch TV or relax as it will take 4o minutes to 1 hours for the cake to be done.

Check it after 40 minutes by inserting a wooden toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, your cake is done, otherwise cook for some more time. (Mine took 1 hour)

Important points to be noted while baking cake in pressure cooker

  • Do not use the rubber gasket.
  • Do not use the weight. (weight valves)
  • Do not pour water inside the cooker as we are not steaming the cake.
  • It is preferable to use old cooker. Do not heat empty cooker without the sand as your cooker will get damaged.
As promised I have posted alternative methods of baking cakes for those who do not have an oven. Other methods given below-

Steaming
( banana cake made my steaming method)

Pressure cooker

Vanilla cake recipe
Easy chocolate frosting recipe

Cocoa powder -1/3 cup
Butter -120 grams
Powdered sugar - 1 cup
Hot milk/ hot water -1 -2 tbsp
Vanilla essence -1 1/2 tsp

Method

Beat cocoa powder and butter together.

Add sugar, vanilla essence and milk and mix well.

Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and then apply it on the cake using a spatula.

Cool the cake before applying the icing. Dip the spatula in hot water to get a smooth finish.

Decorate it with silver balls or chocolate shaving or gems or edible sprinkles. It is all left to your imagination and with whatever you get in India.

For the above cake, you need only half of the above icing recipe.

This Simple vanilla cake and frosting is a great recipe which even beginners can try.

Check out more cakes and cookie recipes

You can bake Eggless Vanilla Cake also in pressure cooker. 


Meet you all with more interesting recipes and tips, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.

128 comments:

  1. Wow...Lovely cake!!! ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  2. Since my oven is dead I've been using pressure cooker to bake... and I'm actually loving it... I want to try baking cookies too before I get a real oven...

    Never really added sand but I guess it'll help to prevent the bottom from getting the burnt marks.

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  3. Cake looks delicious and soft..:) Beautifully made ..:))
    Lovely Padma..
    Reva

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  4. Wow... Really it has come out so fluffy and soft... Can you let me know if we can do this without eggs... :)

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  5. this used be our birthday cake as kid. love your recipe and it refreshed my memories when life was simpler.

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  6. Great idea to make it in pressure cooker instead of oven!!

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  7. lovely post, cake look so soft n moist..delicious !!

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  8. Very nicely done...like the idea of baking in a pressure cooker..will try it soon

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  9. Cake looks amazing and delicious,perfectly done.

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  10. My mom used to make cakes just like this in a cooker... cake looks really delecious! :)

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  11. My Grandma used to bake like this. Even i have baked when i was little. She used to churn the milk with little lime juice and use the water as a substitue for eggs.

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  12. looks so perfect,never tried doing a cake in a pressure cooker, will start with using your technique and recipe.

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  13. hey,
    thank you.. very very happy..
    also tell me recipe of eggless cake... in same way...

    merry christmas n happy new year

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  14. Beautifully made,looks so very soft and delicious.

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  15. can u tell me if cookies and muffins can also be done in this method... in the pressure cooker.. can u post some recepies..

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  16. Hey Padhu,

    I tried this cake yesterday and it came out really well. All your recipes are simple; easy to cook and is great. Thanks aton!!

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  17. Thanks a lot for showin simple steps of baking cake in pressure cooker i really wanted to make a cake but because of oven i thought it is impossible. thanks

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  18. Looks so cute & fabulous! First time on your blog. If you are willing to, you can send this recipe and any other sweet & romantic recipes to my ongoing ''Valentine's Day Event'' :) SO glad to follow you :)

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  19. Really a wonderful method to cook even without an oven.

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  20. Hey I tried baking a cake using this technique as specified above. It turned out to be delicious. The sand wasn't available, so I guess it wasn't as spongy as it could have been. But, it was well baked. Made my day :)
    Thanks Padhu ma'am!

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  21. I tried it for first time it was very soft n spongy thank you so much

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  22. hindi me v racipi likhiye

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  23. Hey very nice cake looking yummy

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  24. Hey very nice cake looking yummy

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  25. Hello mam
    Thanks for ur recipes i did in my home mam but i didn't get soft cake mam it was somewhat hard mam how to cook the soft cake mama

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  26. I have tried this cake so many time and I have never had any problems . You have to fold the flour in cake manually with the use of a spatula. Add the flour a little at the time and gently fold it in. Also add warm milk .Hope this helps

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  27. Can u bake a cake in pressure cooker without sand !!!

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  28. You can bake without sand but your cooker will get damaged.

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  29. Hiii ..I tried this method for the first time and Yipeee... i made a delicious soft cake and my daughter loved it...Thank you...:)

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  30. hi padhu....thanks alot fr ur grt receipe....today i tried it...n it came out to so well...i ws nt able believe tht i made...it...keeps on posting n we will keep on trying...:-)

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  31. Ohhhhhhhh Padhu...........U don't know how thankful 'm for this recipe....i tried it now n it came out so well.its like my dream come true.n that too my boy's b'day is nearing n i badly needed to do it.....Pls go on posting, i'm gona be a regular visitor of ur post expecting such simple ways of cooking........luv u :)

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  32. I liked the recipe Padma, can I use normal veg oil instead of butter for icing?

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  33. No, you cannot use oil for icing.

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  34. padhu..sand means rait..or something else...??i am confussed

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  35. Sand means what you find in the beach.

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  36. Hi Padhu, loving ur recipies. Can u tell me how i can change this recipe to suit chocolate cake made using pressure cooker. Thanks!

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  37. Dear Susan

    Try adding cocoa powder to maida, seive it and use it or you can try this chocolate cake
    http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2009/11/simple-chocolate-cake.html
    You can bake any cake in pressure cooker

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  38. Hi Padhu, last night I baked chocolate cake using your recipe. It came out ok.. still I have some doubts.
    1. How much cocoa powder to add for this cake?
    2. I used mixie to mix all the ingredients. Is that ok?
    3. The cake was pretty dry, not moist. I kept it for 1 hour on flame, if I reduce the time, would it have been moist? Taste was ok though.
    4. Can I reuse the sand that I used for baking :)

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  39. You can add 2 tsp of cocoa powder.If it is imported you can reduce a little as it will be bitter.

    You should not use the mixie to mix the ingredients.Either use an electric hand blender or a wooden ladle.

    For me it took 1 hour.If it is done before that you can switch off.Test if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes clean, your cake is done.
    Dryness may be either because you have over mixed the ingredients or over baked. Once you add maida, you have to fold it gently.

    It is better to use fresh sand every time.
    Hope I have cleared all your doubts.

    This cake will not be moist.If you want moist chocolate cake, then refer
    http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2012/05/eggless-chocolate-cake-eggless-moist.html

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  40. Thanks Padhu for clearing doubts, will bake one more soon.

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  41. Hi Padhu,
    I am planning to but a hand blender, can you tell me if this one is ok?

    http://www.flipkart.com/orpat-ohm-207-hand-blender/p/itmd2y5grfszbsfb?pid=HBLD2Y5BZGYU2CXF&icmpid=reco_pp_historyFooter_hand_blender_2

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  42. Hi Susan
    I am using Philips electrical hand mixer similar to that one. I have no problem with that. Please read the reviews given there before buying the product.
    Answer to your another doubt - You can bake any cake with eggs or eggless using this pressure cooker method.I have not tried cookies yet.

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  43. Hi Padhu, i ve recently got married... so my day starts with padhuskitchen.com... thanks for all ur delicious recipes....

    i ve tried your banana steam cake.. n it came very well... but nw i want to try using rice cooker.. i don have an oven...

    i don know wer do i get sand here.. cos im in thane, mumbai... pls help me on this n let me know how can i use my rice cooker to get more delicious cakes..

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  44. You say that you are living in Mumbai.When you go to the beach, bring some sand in a plastic bag. I have not tried baking cakes in rice cooker.

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  45. Hi...its really awesm...can you plz tell me that can i use a steel vessel instead of alluminium vessel in which the mixture is poured ??

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  46. Aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat
    and is best suited for baking. So it is preferable to use aluminium pan for baking.Stainless steel vessel is not suitable for baking.

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  47. Padu, i live in dubai... So, possible to get the desert sand thats too dry!! Will that work on my pressure cooker???

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  48. You can use desert sand.We are only going to heat the sand and the cake will be cooked in the heat

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  49. Hi Padhu,
    Thanks for sharing a easy and wonderful recipe. I tried out and turned out really well. I Dould gift my family with my xmas cake.
    Thanks once again!!

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  50. thanks for sharing .can i put the small cooker wid cake mix on a pan with sand on it. and cook.

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  51. Hey I too tried this..The cake came out sooo soft and puffy.. Thank you soo much...

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  52. Awesome receipe :) Thank u so much :) I tried this and cake came too soft and pluffy :)

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  53. Hi,
    Wonderful receipe and it came out well. I have referred your link in my blog http://yasothacooking.blogspot.in/2012/12/my-first-cake-that-too-without-oven-and.html. Let me know if I need to remove it. Once again thanks a ton for this receipe since this helped me to bake my first successfully........ Hope I will be able to try many more in future

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  54. Hi Padhu the cake looks delicious. Im a novice. I read on the internet that 1 cup flour is 120gms and 1 cup sugar is 200gms. So how do I go about it in making this wonderful cake?? Thank you so much :)

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  55. I use standard measuring cups for all the recipes.Check the link below
    Measuring cups and spoons
    You will get this measuring cups in all shops which sell baking supplies.
    What you read on the internet is nearly correct.
    1 cup sifted flour= 115 grams
    1 cup sugar = 200 grams

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  56. Hi Padhu...I tried the eggless version in pressure cooker...The cake came out well and was soft also. But the top of the cake didnt turn brown. sides and bottom portion was brown. I dont know what went wrong?

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  57. Try baking the cake in the middle rack.You do not have to worry much about the appearance as long as the cake tastes good.

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  58. Hi Padhu.... Thank You Soo Much for the Recipe ,, after 2 Consecutive Failures of preparing a Cake .. At Last I Succeeded in the third time .. Its Just wonderful.

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  59. hI PADHU,
    I tried d cake today, nd it was superb, my hubby nd kids loved it.. Valentine Day special..

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  60. Hi Paddu,

    I tried it yesterday, it came out well but not spongy what could be the reason? please let me know

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  61. I think you would have over mixed after adding maida. Check this link for more reasons
    Baking tips for beginners

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  62. Hi Paddu,

    I read your tips. Very Very useful. Now I know where I made mistake. let me try once again and let you know the result again :-)

    Thanks
    Vasantha

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  63. Manasa -You should use only sand.

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  64. thanks padhu... a lot.... u r awesome ...i made an exact cake and impressed my hubby.

    by jai-tiruchengode

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  65. hey padhu thx a lot for the recipie... it turned out really well. By the way i had'nt viewed ur cmnt since my internet was not working so i usd salt nd it did turn out well except that it took me extra time..... but from now on i'll use sand.... do let me knw if i could bake smthng else tooo....

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  66. You can bake any cakes or even cookies in this method.

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  67. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
    helped me a lot... the cake was awesome..infact I made it in cooker without using sand..just preheat the cooker with lid on without rubber and whistle for about 10 mins with the stand in it, after keeping the batter vessel inside first cook on high flame for about 5 mins and then om medium flame for 30 mins..

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  68. Yummy cake... I never thought in my wildest dream, that i could bake a cake... Thanks a lot...
    Just 1 question, can we re use the same sand again n again

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  69. Hello
    The recipe was super easy an well explained.... i tried it and the taste was great...but the cake wasnt fluffy...i guess i have gone wrong somewhere.. have been trying to bake cakes ever since but atleast 3 out 5 trials have come out bad...but this one had an amazing taste...i need help here on my cakes please save me.. :P

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  70. hi padhu,,
    i really love ur recipes.i hv tried several known recipes in ur style n had good response frm my family .now i want to try ur cake recipes in pressure cooking method also i don't use eggs so plz suggest me Wat to use as a alternative for cakes.
    and a other doubt, if we don't put weight means won't d steam escape thro lid. waiting for ur reply

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  71. Thank you JSP for liking my recipes. You should not put weight, keep it in low flame. I have 2 more vanilla cakes without eggs .One is with yogurt and another is with condensed milk.Links below

    http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2012/06/eggless-vanilla-cake-eggless-cake.html

    http://www.padhuskitchen.com/2012/12/eggless-sponge-cake-eggless-vanilla.html

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  72. it was really awesome to experience to bake a cake for a first time.
    actually i am a student(college) and i stay in a rent so, i don't have an oven here but i thought of having a cake baked by me....and i started up with this recipe.
    thanks a lot for the recipe.

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  73. Hi...Padhu...
    thanks for recipe..shall try it,but can i use vegetable oil instead of butter and can i microwave(not the convention,as my microwave does not hv convention facility) the cake instead of using cooker...

    Thanks

    rani

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  74. Yes, you can use vegetable oil instead of butter but I have not tried it with this recipe. To my knowledge,if your microwave does not have convention mode, then you cannot bake.

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  75. Hi padhu
    can I use a stainless steel cooker( induction stove compatible) or should I use only the indolium one.

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  76. Hi padhu,
    first time tried to bake, it came out superb. thank u very much for the recipe. loved it a lot....step by step process made my cake to come out well...n taste was awesome equal to bakery taste..

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  77. Hello padhu aunty
    I tried baking this cake , bt as I was removing the cake from the greased tin , it broke into pieces :(
    I dnt no want went wrong , the cake was perfectly cooked and was light and fluffy still it broke
    What should I do please help me :(

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  78. Sailee - Maybe you did not grease the pan properly or you removed the cake from the pan when it is hot.Check out these tips on baking for beginners
    Baking tip for beginners

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  79. Dear Padhu,
    I just found out your recipie. I will try this for sure. I failed cooking in a microwave and was looking for pressure cooker cake. Thanks for this..
    Plz clear 1 thing, do i need to remove rubber gasket from the lid of pressure cooker before baking?

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  80. Unknown -I have written under important points that you should not use gasket.

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  81. Hi,
    As you have mentioned in one of the above comments, can you please post a recipe for baking cookies in pressure cooker? Thanks!

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  82. Hi padhu..
    i tried ur cake and it came out well. but it came into pieces.Upper side of my cake looked as it was uncooked. wat should i do to bake?
    can u clear me wat is DUST FLOUR? and how much time is required to take cake from the pan?

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  83. Revathy, Actually this is a fantastic recipe. Find out where you have gone wrong.
    Kindly read Baking tips for beginners
    You have all details there.

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  84. Hi padhu..
    thnaks for ur reply.. can u jus clear me wat is DUST FLOUR? Can u pls post a recipe for baking muffin cakes in pressure cooker? thanks.

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  85. Revathy - Grease and flour means- grease your cake pan with a little butter and then sprinkle/dust a little flour. Then tilt the pan on all the sides so that the flour gets evenly distributed and covers the inside of the pan. In other words, it will stick to the interior of the entire pan. Then invert the pan and tap it gently to remove excess flour.This is done to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

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  86. Hai Padhu,

    I live in a rural place in Kerala far away from cost, so sea to collect sand. I would like to know if we cook in pressure cooker without sand will the cooker get spoiled? Also please tell me what can I use to substitute sand.

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  87. Yes , the cooker will get spoiled. Use only old cooker even if you use sand. You will get sand in construction areas.

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  88. hi padhu, nice recipe.surely i will try.i have a doubt.cake made in the cooker and in the oven will taste same or will be different,in texture ,browning,time taken etc.because many times i have succeeded in the pressure cooker method.so hesitent to buy an oven.please help

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  89. Harini - Personally I do not find any difference in taste or texture. Pressure cooker takes more time as you have to keep the flame in low, otherwise no difference.

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  90. thank u padhu for clearing my doubts

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  91. hi mam!
    should i heat the sand with d cooker closed r opened?

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  93. Sathya - heat the sand without closing the cooker, bake the cake closing the cooker but without weight or rubber casket.It it clear now.

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  94. Grease the vessel with butter and dust flour - I forgot this step :( :( :(
    I have already kept in it pressure cooker - 15 mins over. Will it affect anyway??

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  95. Divya -that is a very important step. You will have difficulty in removing the cake from the pan. Read this
    Baking tips for beginners

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  96. Yeah..I had that difficulty. But other than that, the cake was AWESOMEEEEEEEEE!! Never expected this much tasty cake, all my friends loved it! Tomorrow, I planning to do Red Velvet cake for my anniversary. Thanks a lot padhu..

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  97. Hi Padhu - Where is your print friendly icon for this recipe?
    Regards, Tastetester

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  98. Hi, thank you for this recipe... Can you please tell me if I can use icing sugar instead of just sugar as mentioned in the chocolate frosting recipe???

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  99. Deepika - Yes, you can use icing sugar

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    1. Thank you so much.. I had tried this for my husband's bday and it came out really well..:)

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  100. Tastetester -Print button is on the right side bar.

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  101. Dear Padhusha..you are very sweet as your recipes...thank you.............:)

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  102. Dear Padhu, u have given the measurement as 1 cup but can you please reply the measurement in grams...Thank u

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  103. Tamilarasi - 1 cup all purpose flour/maida =125 grams
    1 cup sugar =200 grams.
    Soon I will publish a post on cup and gram measurements

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  104. Thank you Padhu, great recipe! I made it in a big aluminium pot instead of pressure cooker. The milk curdled when added to butter, egg, sugar mixture. But the cake came out very well.

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  105. Hi Padhu, the cake came out really well and soft, fluffy and tasty. Thanks a lot..
    However I have some doubts. .
    First, as soon as I added milk to the batter, everything curdled up. Like it happens when we prepare makkan from cream. Does this happens? ?
    Secondly, the cake took too long too cook. It took around 1hr 15 minutes to cook???
    Kindly clarify my doubts. .
    Thanks again! !

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  106. Prajakta and Tanvi - It happens slightly but not much. Once you add flour, it becomes perfect. Milk should be at room temperature when adding to the mixture.

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  107. Can you pls let me know if we can bake in a steel pan??

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  108. Sandhya - Do not use stainless steel pan.Use aluminium pans

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  109. Hi Padhu,

    I have been following your blog for quite sometime now and have tried couple of your recipes with good results. I have always been apprehensive about baking cakes, but thanks to your post I was able to successfully bake this cake.

    Thanks a ton Padhu, and keep up the great work!

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  110. Hi Padma
    Very nice and quick receipe...the cake came out so well....yummy....i just need to wait till tomorow morning to c my son's expressions...he asked me to bake a cake before going to bed...luckily found ur site....thnks again

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  111. Hi Padhu. .can we make a tutti fruity cake by this method? Thanks

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    1. You can bake any cake by this method.Check out
      Tutti Frutti cake with step wise pictures.

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  112. Hello Padhu. .Just now baked a cake using this method and also added tutti fruti to it..but the cake full sank from the middle. .the sides came very well. .the cake got fully cooked also.but it sank from middle. .what cud b d reason..

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    1. The main reasons for the cake to sink could be
      1. Old stock baking powder
      2. Adding too much baking powder or baking soda.
      3. Over beating the batter
      4. Opening the oven or cooker before the cake has set.
      5. You should bake the cake as soon as you fold in the maida. The finished batter should not be kept out for long before baking.

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  113. Hi Padhu. .one more thing I noticed after removing it from d pan that all the tutti fruiti had settled in d bottom of d pan and that too only in d center..cud that also be d reason for d cake to sink. .However I rolled d tutti fruti in d maida at d beginning..

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  114. hi padhu someone baked without the sand how can this be done because i cant get sand

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  115. hi... dee, cake banate vakt pressure cooker ka whistle wala thakkan lagana padta he ya kisi bhi bartan se thak sakte hai??? aur agar whistle wala thakkan lagan hai to is kitni whistle tak use rakhana hai....??? plz rly...

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  116. Hi Padhu,

    Awesome recipes.. I have tried n number of recipes from your online cook book. I would like to know whether you have tried baking Wheat bread with pressure cooker/Microwave. Since i dont have oven, it would be really helpful if you can post the whole wheat bread baking recipe either with microwave or pressure cooker..
    Thanks a ton

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  117. Hi Padhu,

    The recipe is too good and really great. It turned out really well. I could not find sand so I used salt instead of sand in the cooker.I have tried other recipes from your cook book and they also turned out to be great. Your recipes are very easy to understand.It has encouraged me to develop interest in baking. My husband and daughter love the tuiti frutti cake from your cook book.

    Thank You

    Thanks a lot.

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  118. Hi! Can i use stainless steel vessel instead of aluminium? I wanted to use the thatte idli stand to make 3 cakes of the same dimensions at one go as I cant leave the batter standing out...

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