August 10, 2009

Eggless Condensed Milk Cake


The inspiration behind my baking this cake is Y of Lemonpi. She mentioned on Twitter, sometime back, that she had managed to locate her recipe for a condensed milk cake. I don't use condensed milk very much because I find that it lends too much sweetness to a lot of recipes, yet the thought of condensed milk in a cake caught my fancy. It also seemed the perhaps this meant that I could bake this cake without eggs.

When I asked, Y told me her recipe had both eggs and condensed milk. When I went on a net search I was surprised to find that using condensed milk in a cake wasn't as big a deal as I thought it was. Apparently, lots of people have been doing it for ages! I guess I was tone of the few to whom this was news!




Most of the cakes I saw did seem to use both condensed milk and eggs. Some more searching led me to a condensed milk cake recipe (without eggs) at this discussion forum on Cake Central. I reduced the butter from 1 cup to 3/4 cup (because that's all the butter I had on hand that day) and it didn't seem to make a visible difference in the cake, texture-wise or taste-wise.
My condensed milk cake was soft and spongy yet firm. I think this cake would be great if you wished to cut it in half (horizontally) to sandwich it with jam, or some such filling.

So if you like condensed milk, cake that has no eggs and is very easy to put together then this is the cake for you. Despite my reservations, I did not find this cake too sweet. I usually prefer my "everyday" cakes unadorned, but you may cover the cake with a powdered sugar, a sugar glaze or ganache.



Ingredients:


2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (400gm) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup orange juice

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup melted butter (salted; if using unsalted butter, add 1/4 tsp salt)



Method:


Sift together the all purpose flour, baking powder, the baking soda and salt (if using) into a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together the condensed milk, orange juice, melted butter and vanilla extract till well blended.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour the blended wet ingredients. Mix well, using a spoon or a whisk (do not whisk the batter).
Pour the batter into a well greased and floured 9" cake tin or a bundt pan.

Bake at 180C for about 30 to 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for about 15 minutes, remove from the pan and cool on a rack.
Serve with coffee or tea.


42 comments:

Parita said...

I have made condensed milk cake many times but never used orange juice, hmm looks grt tea time treat :)

Nags said...

I made one last weekend too but minus orange flavour. I made the mistake of baking in a glass tray so the center didn't cook as well. I want to try it again before posting.

Nithya said...

This looks lovely. I have done a similar version too but I did not use orange juice. This sounds pretty new to me. I did some icing on it when I made it last time. :)

Zita said...

Aww..that looks so moist, I'm thinking to make one steamed... soon I hope :)

Bergamot said...

Orange juice gives a great flavour to cakes and is my fav ingredient.

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Curry Leaf said...

Aparna,The cake looks scrumptious.I am surprised that the cake is not too sweet.I have seen several recipes (including Sanjeev Kapoors and Tarla Dalal's) thgh I never tried them thinking they were too sweet.Thanks for the taste info.The orange juice addition is very flavourful and I prefer orange in my cake.

sra said...

I made a milk sweet with condensed milk a little while ago and it was exceedingly sweet. We couldn't eat more than one piece per day and even that was cloying!

Ria said...

Awwn nom nom nom nom!

Priya said...

Cake looks gorgeous...

Pari said...

Yummm, Orange juice must have made the cake nicely moist. Thanks for sharing.

lata raja said...

I use Fanta or Mirinda or Pepsi in this recipe.It's amazingly yummy.

roma said...

The cake looks delicious! Nice shape too.

Sunshinemom said...

Delicious, Aparna. I had the same feeling - condensed milk makes things too sweet:)

Renu said...

Your cake looks too good.....just have a question....lately when I have been adding orange juice in large quantities eg 1 cup, my cakes turns bitter....any idea how how to prevent it ??

Cynthia said...

Good to know - about the condensed milk in cake.

Thanks for sharing your dining thoughts about Eating at the Table :)

jayasri said...

cake looks so soft & moist, i will try your version, i do use condensed milk making sweets never ever baked..,

ABowlOfMush said...

Your egg-less recipes are so great! My Grandmas a vegetarian and I'm always in need of egg-less baking recipes when I visit her! I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm Indian and really enjoy vegetarian food!
I'm going to try the condensed milk cake!
Have a great week!

Aparna said...

Parita, as I said, never knew cake could be made with condensed milk! :)

Nags, metal cake tins usually work better.

Steamed cakes, Zita? Now that's something else I must try.

Thanks Bergamot for the award.

Sweatha & Harini, I was surprised too. Maybe the orange juice balanced out the sweetness.

Sra, that's exactly why I don't like using condensed milk in anything!

Ria, :-)

Lata, have heard of cola in cake but never tried it.

Renu, don't know why orange juice makes your cakes bitter. Do you use freshly squeezed juice? If you try to squeeze the orange too much, this may happen.
You could use half cup orange juice and half cup water, and add 1/2 tsp orange extract for the orange flavour.

You're welcome, Cynthia. :)

Do try it out Jayasri.

A Bowl of Mush (sounds funny addressing you this way), hope it turns out well and your Granma likes it.
Thanks and the same to you too.

Priya Narasimhan said...

nice recipe aparna..
initially i used to make cakes only with condensed milk referring to bharti of veggiefoodis't recipe.
on a diff note, i would like to pass on kreativblogger award to you..please do accept..and check out my blog.

Arfi Binsted said...

this cake looks alright without eggs. perhaps the condensed milk makes a great substitute to the eggs. well done, aparna!

Jamie said...

Funny, it looks almost like a light, fluffy bread. I have never used condensed milk, but this looks so much like something my husband loves to eat in the morning with coffee - simple cake that he can smear jelly on.

MeetaK said...

this really looks yummy! i like using condensed milk in cakes as I find it gives a lovely rich texture. often i reduce the sugar then.

A_and_N said...

I can so have it with Chai and see you doing the same :D

Audax said...

This looks so cute and the recipe looks so simple also I cakes that aren't too sweet I think I will try it soon but I might use lemon juice with poppy seed topping. Love that photo I like simple cakes like this that need an icing and not too sweet. thank you for the nice comments you left on my blog about the macarons. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

This is such a terrific idea! I've never made a cake like this before, but I'd really love to try it. Thanks, ladies! :)

gail said...

mmm looks delicious to me!

Lebouffe said...

Orange juice is a great idea.. will surely try it..I've made a black forest cake of condensed milk last week :)

Lisa Michelle said...

I've never made a cake using condensed milk. In fact, I think I've only used condensed milk in Magic Cookie Bars and to make dulce de leche! This cake looks yummy, a must try! Nicely done as always!

pigpigscorner said...

I use condensed milk for cheesecakes! The flavour is just awesome.

Divya Kudua said...

Looks perfect Aparna..did you make it in a bundt pan..??the slices look perfect..:)

I too was apprehensive of using condensed milk in cakes,but they work so well in eggless cake recipes.Should try this one out.Have you used ganache to 'adorn' it??Looks too good..:)

Jason said...

Just made this cake, VERY nice, and exactally as you describe , thank you for posting the recipe.

Aparna said...

Good to know it turned out good for you too. Thanks for letting me know.

Aparna said...

Thank you for the award, Priya.

No Divya, no ganache. The brown colour comes after baking. Sometimes, when the amount of sugar is on the higher side, baked goods tend to brown a bit during baking.

linda said...

Never knew there were rice flakes...
I'm a big fan of rice puddings, especially when they have cardamom inside...yum!
Thank you for joining Got Milk?

ps the round-up is finally up

OLGUIS said...

fantastic cake without eggs.

Regards

olga.

? said...

Is this not almost a foolproof recipe? And one can tweak this with many combinations!
Good blog!

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Aparna said...

Hi Aparna,
I dont know how to start this msg... other than saying that its very interesting to meet my namesake who is also extremely passionate about cooking and baking!!! :-)

Anyhow, I have come across your blog numerous times, but this is going to be my first comment! About 7-8 years ago, a neighbour's relative had come to our house and baked a wonderful rose cake. At that time, I was still a kid and not too interested in cooking and baking... now that I have developed that interest... I am craving to make that one. I searched high and low on the internet for that cake recipe but nothing came close. I asked my mom if she remembered how to make it... and she said that the lady had used condensed milk and all purpose flour for it and no eggs... so i googled that and came across ur website. While I am definitely looking forward to try this version of condensed milk cake that you have posted on your site, I was wondering if you, the experienced baker, could provide some hints on how to bake a Rose Flavoured condensed Milk Cake (It was HEAVENLY!). I do realize that I could just substitute orange juice for rose water, but I still wanted to ask you. Please do reply. I am eager to try it out!!!

Much Regards,
Aparna :-)

Aparna said...

Thank you and glad to meet yet another virtual namesake.

As you said, you could add rose water instead of the orange juice. Another option would be to add rose syrup. You would get a much stronger flavour, I think.

Sonal said...

Hey! I tried this recipe yesterday as a surprise bday cake for a friend. It turned out fabulous....didn't miss the eggs at all. The orange juice added nice fresh taste to it. I also used only 1/2 cup of butter ( 1 stick) as that is all I had on hand. Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely recipe.

Aparna said...

Sonal, happy to know it worked for you. And happier to notice it turns out good with even less butter. :)