Monday, June 15, 2009

Mango Cake

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Have you ever finished cutting up a mango and started eating the flesh off of the seed? For me, that's one of the ultimate joys of buying mangoes. I have the immense pleasure of enjoying the flesh around the seed.

Well, the other day, I found myself sucking on the mango seed while standing over the sink. Mango juice was dribbling down my arm and I was suddenly transported to being in India. I remember being at my Mama's house (my maternal uncle's house) when I was a child. There were a couple of mango trees literally right outside of the house. We went during mango season and were rewarded with delicious ripe mangoes right off of the tree... Who needed food when there were such delicious mangoes to eat? All of us little cousins were sitting around and slurping on mangoes with the juice dribbling down our arms without a care in the world... Somehow, time had passed, but there is little else that measures to the joy of eating a mango with the juice running down your arms. *sigh*

On the day I was mentioning, I looked into the box of mangoes and realized that a couple of them were really getting overripe. So, I thought, why not turn it into a cake? Good idea!

This cake has mango flavor, but I find that cooking mangoes can sometimes result in a less pronounced mango flavor. That being said, the cake itself is extremely moist and a real delight. The mango puree helps to keep the cake so moist. The added bonus is that the cake is also relatively lowfat.

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Ingredients:

All purpose flour - 1 cup
White whole wheat flour (or all purpose) - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp, or to taste
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Mango puree, fresh or canned - 1.5 cups
Butter, softened - 4 tbsp
Eggs, room temperature - 2

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, like whipped cream. Meanwhile, sift the dry ingredients (flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom powder) together in another bowl and keep aside.

3. Now, add the eggs and combine well.

4. Once the eggs are incorporated, add 1/2 cup of the mango puree. Combine and then add about 1/2 of the dry ingredients. Again, combine, add another 1/2 cup of the mango puree. Mix in, then add the rest of the dry ingredients and incorporate. Finally, fold in the last of the mango puree.

5. Butter and flour a 10 inch bundt or tube pan. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, remove and cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Note: If you don't have a bundt pan, you can use a standard loaf pan, but the baking time will change.

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Update: I'm sending this cake to Srivalli, of Cooking 4 all Seasons, for her Mango Mela. Click here for more information.

41 comments:

Laavanya said...

I remember eating entire mangoes that way as a kid too.. we would typically position ourselves over a spread out newspaper or over the sink :)

Most of the time I don't venture to do much with mangoes and eat them as is but this mango cake looks delicious and very moist.

Nags said...

i hardly make mango desserts because the fruit itself is so yummy!

Rina said...

Kalai, this is so unique...and i'm sure with mango puree in it..it will taste gr8...sure to try..

Preeti Singh said...

Mango cake looks very fluffy and moist..thanks for sharing.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Yummy dish. Love the flavor of mango. Nice click.

Usha said...

I bet this cake tasted awesome !

Pavithra said...

Wow mango cake something different yah looking gorgeous and delish..

Uma said...

Wonderful cake. looks awesome. Can imagine the flavor, yum!!

Superchef said...

i always think i should make a mango cake..but somehow the mangoes just get eaten as it is!! :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

perfect yummy recipe

jayasree said...

I agree with you Kalai abt the mango flavor in cake. Recently I too baked an eggless mango cake using a fellow blogger's recipe.

Happy cook said...

Sucking the mango seed is my job here as i do that alays.
Nothing beats that.
Beautiful cake.

Lavi said...

Iam a mad of mango's kalai. I ate 3 banganapalli mangoes before getting admitted in hospital for my childbirth. Cake Super a irukku.

Pooja said...

i have had the same experience during my childhood days ! mango and curd rice used to be our meal..
ur cake looks awesome.. i have been thinking of baking a mango cake since long...! u have given me enough inspiration!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow looks drool worthy......Love that mango flavour in cake....

indosungod said...

Love the yellow color from the mango. I can imagine the taste.

Nithya Praveen said...

Never ventured making cakes using mangoes....sounds interesting.Must try this one.Thanks for sharing!

Parita said...

the cake has baked perfectly, looks divine!!

Priya said...

Woww Gorgeous mango cake, looks really yummy!!!just love the yellow colour coz of the mango puree!

archana said...

What a wonderful idea, i have never tasted a mango cake before. Thank you for the recipe, the texture of the cake looks nice too.

Kalai said...

Thank you all for the sweet compliments! Mangoes are really the best, aren't they? :)

Divya Rao said...

Looks yummy!

Ramya Bala said...

Yummy cake kalai..looks awesome!

Sujatha said...

Mango cake sounds delicious, Kalai! Never heard of it, but I'm sure I'm going to love it.. I like anything with mangoes... Picture is very tempting..

Arch said...

I absolutely love eating mangoes the way u described them...the joy is really something else !! I tried a mango bread with ginger once, the taste of mango was subdued a bit, but this cake looks lovely !

Sig said...

You made me drool with that description of sucking a mango over the sink. All my dresses used to have bing yellow stains during the mango season :) Lovely cake too..

Divya Vikram said...

Kalai, cake paarkave romba nalla irukku. And it has mango in it. Must have tasted divine. kinda settled in our new place. But havent started out planting. Will keep u updated...

Pari said...

That cake looks moist and soft and Mangoes..yummy!
Do find time and have a look at my new blog cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow,unique! Wud hav tasted and smelled awesome!!

Nupur said...

The cake has such a gorgeous mango color!

egglesscooking said...

I too love to eat banganapalli (or any variety for that matter) mangoes just like that, without cutting etc. And what are the odds, I too baked a mango bread using mango puree yesterday and will be posting it shortly. But yours has a wonderful color. You are so correct about the moistness, the puree makes the cake extremely moist. Lovely picture Kalai.

egglesscooking said...

Forgot to write this, I too used cardamom powder instead of the usual vanilla extract!

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh..that cake is so pretty n perfect Kalai..am just staring at them n drooling..:P

Cynthia said...

I love the colour on your cake. I too find that when cooked, it looses some of its intense flavour.

Bharti said...

Sweet story...I like the thought of mango juice running down my arms! The cake looks delicious.

SriLekha said...

wow! awesome shots!
cake is looking so delicious!

Red Chillies said...

Very nice looking cake. Anything with mango and i am all ears.

Bong Mom said...

Mango cake looks lovely. But I too want to eat the mangoes fresh, for desserts I use the mango pulp

Mythili said...

Hi anni,

Today, I decided to bake some mango cake and i tried this recipe of yours. It was just amazing!!...It had the right amount of sweet and it was quite fluffy.
I must say that it is very addictive.

I am enjoying every bite of it :)

keep it coming..

Vanamala said...

Looks yummmy ...nice recipe

nandini said...

First time to ur blog... loved reading ur posts.. Mango cake is indeed very new to me.. will surely try this one... great job!