I was planning to post something else but this particular cake has been pleading to see the light of day. I have baked this Egg Free Custard Powder Snack Cake quite a few times. I never managed to take pictures of it though till now. This is one of those cakes that is easily made. If you don’t eggs, this is definitely for you. It is also a one bowl cake!
A lot of ingredients one takes for granted in countries where baking is a tradition, are not easily available in India. A lot of Indians do not eat eggs so custard powder is a very popular ingredient with us. As a child I remember fresh fruit and custard used to be a very popular dessert, both at home and in restaurants. So its isn’t surprising that we get custard powder in plain vanilla flavour and more exotic flavours like strawberry, chocolate, pineapple, mango and saffron-pistachio. Custard powder is great substitute for a lot of custard or creme anglaise based recipes if one doesn’t eggs.
I first discovered this cake by accident whille clearing out my kitchen stores/ pantry and realized I had a rather largish stock of custard powder. The usual fruit salad with custard sauce or a caramelized pudding wasn’t an option.
I had already made these really good Yo-yo biscuits and wanted to try something else. One other country I’ve found, other than India and the UK, that puts custard powder to really good use is Australia. A search of some Australian food sites led me to recipes using custard powder.
Some adjusting and tweaking later, I had an Egg Free Custard Powder Snack Cake recipe using custard powder. Substitute with corn starch if you cannot find custard powder where you live. Vanilla flavoured custard powder will give you a golden yellow cake while cornstarch will give you a white cake. So if you’re looking for a white or yellow egg free cake, here’s your recipe.
This Egg Free Custard Powder Snack Cake is soft and moist and a great snack cake after school or at teatime. It takes about 15 minutes to mix up and needs just one mixing bowl. It can baked as a round cake or a loaf. You could double the recipe and bake the batter as two 9-inch cakes and sandwich them together with cream/ frosting/ jam.
The cake can be topped with fruits of the season and served with cream. The possibilities are endless if you want it to look fancier. Plain or fancy, this is a cake recipe you can pull out when you need a simple, fuss-free and egg free cake.
This post has been updated with text and images since it was first published in November, 2010
Egg Free Custard Powder Snack Cake
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup vanilla custard powder
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
- 150 gm butter soft and at room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tsps lime or lemon juice
- Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon and mix well. Add the milk and the butter and beat with the spoon until you get a smooth batter. Add the lime/ lemon juice and mix it in.
- Pour the batter into a greased and floured cake tin (or two smaller tins) and bake at 180C (350F) for about 45 minutes to an hour or till the cake is done and a skewer poked into the cake comes out clean. Sometimes, depending upon your cake tin and the oven, this cake might take upto an hour to cook especially in the middle.
- Cool on a rack and serve. This recipe makes one 8-inch cake or 8 to 10 servings. You can make this cake in a 9-inch cake tin but you would have a rather squat looking cake.