Honey cake reminds our childhood days for most of us. Yes, when we were kids many of us would have tasted this cake from our local Indian bakery. The taste of this soft, juicy, moist, honey drenched sponge cake is still lingering in our tongue. Whenever I visit Iyengar bakery here in Bangalore, I never forget to buy their popular stuffs like Khara bun, Benne biscuit, Baked Nippattu etc. Recent days I started buying few pieces honey cake as well. Raksha is not a big fan of this cake due to the extra sweetness from honey and fruit jam. But myself and Sendhil enjoy & love this cake a lot. Recently many of our fellow bloggers are sharing their versions of eggless honey cake which tempted me very badly to try at home.Yesterday morning I got determined to try this honey cake without eggs and followed THIS RECIPE which I had bookmarked already. Actually I wanted to follow my eggless, butter less tutti frutti cake recipe for the base of this cake. But then I thought of trying the sponge cake base using condensed milk and butter so that I can learn another eggless, moist sponge cake recipe. Cake came out porous, pillow soft, fluffy with spongy texture as I wished. I could really feel the taste of Iyengar bakery honey cake when I tasted a piece of this cake. I am completely happy with this recipe. Even Raksha liked it very much and taken for her snack box today. You can try this cake in pressure cooker as well. I will try to share a detailed recipe for eggless pressure cooker cake. Friends, do try this easy, delicious cake for special occasions like birthday and anniversary. I am sure you will get perfect result and enjoy with your family. Now lets see how to make Indian bakery style eggless honey cake recipe with step by step pictures and VIDEO !
If you are looking for an eggless sponge cake recipe without condensed milk and butter, do check out this recipe. For eggless orange cake recipe using cooking oil, please check this link.
Eggless Honey Cake Recipe - Indian Bakery style recipe
How to make Indian bakery style honey cake recipe without eggs.
All purpose flour / Maida - 1. 25 cups / 1 1/4 cup
Corn flour - 1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Baking soda - 3/4 tsp
Butter - 1/2 cup (Soft at room temperature, do not melt)
Condensed milk - 1/2 cup
Boiled milk - 3/4 cup ( at room temperature)
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Vinegar or lemon juice - 1 tbsp
For honey syrup
Honey - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Rose essence - 1/2 tsp
*Increase the quantity of ingredients for honey syrup if you like more sweet and juicy cake.
Mixed fruit jam - 3 tbsp ( I used Kissan )
Sugar - 2 tsp
Dessicated coconut powder - to garnish the cake
In a dry bowl, sieve maida, corn flour, baking powder and baking soda . Keep it aside.
In another bowl, take the butter at room temperature ( Do not melt) and add the condensed milk.Beat it well till it becomes smooth and creamy. It takes 2-3 minutes.So beat it patiently. To this, add vanilla essence and vinegar. Just Mix well. Do not beat.
Add the sieved maida mixture to the creamy butter mixture little by little ( say 1/2 cup),Simultaneously add boiled milk at room temperature little by little (say 1/4 cup). Use a spatula and fold the cake mixture. Never beat or mix vigorously.Do it gently. When all the flour and milk is over, check the batter consistency. It should not be too thick or thin like falling ribbon.It resembles creamy paste.So don’t panic.
Grease a baking pan ( use square pan ) with butter and dust with maida all over the pan. Pat the excess flour. Add the cake batter to the baking pan and level it.
Preheat the oven in convection mode at 180c. Place the baking tray inside the oven and bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes. Original recipe mentioned to bake for 25 minutes whereas mine took nearly 35 minutes as I added more milk.So keep an eye after 20 minutes and check with the knife as explained in the next step.
Insert a knife and check if it comes out clean. If the knife comes with uncooked batter, bake for 2-3 minutes more. Again check it. Bake the cake till the inserted knife comes out clean or with crumbs. Remove the baking tray and let it rest for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the sides and invert the cake in a plate. Cake will come out easily if its properly cooked. You can trim the brown part of cake on the sides if you wish. But I din't remove it. Now prick the cake with a fork for the sugar syrup to spread inside the cake.
Now make the honey syrup and fruit sauce. For this, take a small kadai. Add sugar, water and boil till sugar dissolves completely. After the sugar is melted, switch off the flame. Add rose essence, honey after the sugar syrup becomes warm. Mix well and keep aside. Pour this honey syrup all over the cake. As soon as you pour, cake will absorb all the syrup. ( You can increase the quantity of honey if you like the cake to be more juicy and sweet)
In another kadai, take the jam and sugar. Mix well and melt in medium flame till the jam becomes thin. Switch off the flame and immediately apply the sauce all over the cake. If the melted jam cools down. it will start to solidify. In that case, you can heat and melt the jam again to coat over the cake.At last sprinkle the dessicated coconut powder for garnishing and cut into pieces.
The outer layer/ crust of cake will dry if you leave it open for long time.So keep it covered in an air tight box till use. If you want to prepare this cake in advance, you can do it one day before and refrigerate the cake in a box. You should bring it to room temperature before serving.
The outer layer/crust of cake will dry if you leave it open for long time.So keep it covered in an air tight box till use. If you want to prepare this cake in advance, you can do it one day before and refrigerate the cake in a box. You should bring it to room temperature before serving.
Do not beat the batter while adding milk.Fold the batter gently.
The base of this cake is not so sweet. So if you apply sugar syrup and jam sauce, sweetness will become perfect.
Do not more milk and make the batter thin. It takes longer time to cook.
Keep an eye after 20 minutes and check with the knife. Keep checking like this for every 3 minutes. Remove only after the knife comes out clean.
Original recipe told to bake for 25 minutes whereas mine took nearly 35 minutes.So baking time may slightly vary as per the oven temperature.
Do not invert or remove the cake when its hot. It will break. Invert the cake only after it cools down.
Enjoy this juicy, soft honey cake for special occasions. Have a great, sweet filled celebration