Mango Cardamom Pound Cake (Eggless) and The Baking Club

Am the last to post this fab cake we made as a result of some chatting with friends on facebook. A few weeks ago, my namesake and I were chatting. Its a ritual that we catch up even if its only online…. infact thanks to blogging, this is a friendship for keeps. i was in the midst of some heavy baking and was keeping her updated with my progress when she said all this baking talk made her want to bake too. I was just too happy and asked her to keep me company and bake alongside. So what if our kitchens were in Hyderabad and Singapore respectively! small difference it made.

When she wrote about this on fb, remembering another occasion where she and nandita had baked together, both Aparna and another namesake (yes, there are three of us… with differently spelt names mind you!) thought it would be fun to do something like a baking club, get together and bake together.

Since mangoes are in abundance, we decided to make a mango cake, zeroed in on a mango pound cake. Each one was free to choose a recipe of their own choice.

I went with the same recipe that Raaga chose, from Divya’s blog. Which i am told is from Deeba’s blog…. if you are confused with all the names, let me just say, i have been fortunate to find like minded friends in the blogosphere….and these are people i would keep in touch with even if i were to stop blogging.

So here goes. We were supposed to post on the 7th. but i was too busy celebrating my new car, a hectic weekend, and some fun stuff including chaperoning a couple of 10 yr olds to watch Kung Fu Panda -2. Excuses aside, here is the cake. Mine was a little underbaked but still yummy. the only change i  made was to make  mine eggless.

Eggless Mango Cardamom Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour / Maida
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cardamom, Powdered
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons thick curd / or 2 eggs
100ml Buttermilk (add 1 tsp white vinegar to 100 ml room temp milk, leave for 10 mins till it curdles and use)
1/2 cup Mango Pulp
1 cup mango pieces chopped small
Icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F. Prepare a cake tin with butter and dust it with flour (i skipped this cos i used a silicon bundt pan)
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream the butter with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the curds (or eggs if using) and beat well. my mixture curdled a bit at this point.
Add the buttermilk, mango pulp and cardamom and beat again.Add the dry ingredients into the batter, a little at a time.
Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife/ tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
My tester came out clean at 40 mins, but i think i needed to increase the baking time to 50 mins
Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan. Dust with icing sugar, slice and serve.
This is the first time i am baking with mango and cardamom. i loved the combination (yeah i know it is classic, but i am slow like that). I used 1 cup of mango pulp but in the recipe i have written 1/2 cos the liquid was too much in the batter. I also reduced the sugar to 2/3 because i found the original of 3/4 cup a bit too sweet. If you like your cakes sweeter, add all the sugar in the recipe. I’d also skip the dusting with sugar, this was for purely cosmetic value!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Dinesh says:

    Good ….

  2. Swati Sapna says:

    I just love the shape of your Mango Pound Cake! So what’s the Baking Club up to next? 🙂 And congratulations on the new car!!!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog, this looks so good!

  4. arundati says:

    @aparna: yes it was fun to bake together. the car has clocked some serious distance and i loved KFP-2. my hooting embarrassed my 11 yr old niece i think!

    @kadhyaa: thanks Kadhyaa, it tasted pretty darn good too!

    @priya: thank you. thanks, it was such fun to bake alongside my virtual club!

    @nandita: thank you and the one we had at the tea party was fab!

    @pratibha: i hope you try it out soon!

    @apu: thank you!

    @raaga: yes, i have reverted to the original proportions in the recipe given. taste was fab tho

    @snehal: i will have to agree about anything mangoes tasting yummy. in my case, most of them get eaten as fruit. they dont stand a chance to get into anything else with me around!

    @arundathi: yes this was fun… cant wait to try the next project!

    @summer Rose: thank you! i enjoyed pairing it with cardamom although i knew this was a classic combination, hadnt tried it till now!

  5. Summer Rose says:

    Loveee Pound cakes and this one has the wonderful flavour of mangoes in there !
    perfect and oh sooo good!!!

  6. arundathi says:

    looks great. i had fun doing this! and cant wait to do it again soon!

  7. Snehal says:

    yummy! Anything with mangoes has to be good. I made mango-cardamom cupcakes a while back but this looks 10 times better!

  8. Raaga says:

    Nice 🙂 You doubled the mango pulp, maybe that’s why it was a tad undercooked? Looks great!

  9. Apu says:

    Cake looks beautiful!!

  10. prathibha says:

    I actually was waiting for eggles spound cake..this sounds yumm

  11. nandita says:

    This is good da – i hope to find mangoes in Blr so i can try your eggless version in my new oven and new kitchen 🙂

  12. looks a very fine bake ! have fun with the club !!

  13. Kadhyaa says:

    taht looks yummy 🙂

  14. Aparna says:

    Looks real good. And a mango anything is always a winner. 🙂
    Was fun baking together.
    So did you enjoy breaking in the new car and watching Kungfu Panda 2?

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