I’m so excited as I write this, as this is the 100th post on my blog! And what better than making a cake to celebrate this sweet journey ? 🙂 I know I’m late , but I would still like to wish all the mother’s out there a happy Mother’s Day, hope you had a beautiful day 🙂
I have for you a very simple egg free, refined flour free, butter free & no added sugar, date & walnut loaf cake. After trying out The belly rules the mind‘s eggless mango semolina cake, this cake was next on my list. So in case you are on a diet and still want to indulge in a slice of cake, this is the cake you oughta try.
I hardly bake without eggs and never use whole wheat flour in any of my cake recipes. But this makes for an amazingly moist and tender cake despite being eggless , I was completely baffled how a cake without the most basic ingredients can be this good? The secret would lie in the dates paste , which lends this cake the desired sweetness as well as keeping it moist at the same time. I’m trying to experiment with a few eggless cake recipes and will surely post them once I have something worth sharing 🙂
Ingredients : Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml
20-25 seedless dates, chopped
1 & 1/2 cup milk or any other plant based milk for a vegan version
1 cup whole wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts
I would just like to add, to get clean slices , you need to let the cake cool completely before you slice it. If you try to slice it even when it’s partly warm it will be crumbly. You can add various things like Choco chips if you wish , or flavor it with some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice mix etc.
Do try it out and enjoy this guilt free goodness!
As I had mentioned in earlier post, I had visited Washington DC for the cherry blossom festival. We stayed in Virginia with my friend Soniya and her family for 3 days. Soniya was kind enough to plan a day’s trip to Luray caverns, situated in Shenandoah valley, Virginia. Sharing some pics of this astoundingly beautiful place. Visiting these caverns is an experience so exhilarating and breath taking with all it’s magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, which I had only learnt about in geography. But to experience and see them in reality really blew my mind , nature is indeed magical 🙂
Here’s a little info from wiki about the discovery of the caverns. Luray Caverns was discovered on August 13, 1878 by five local men, including Andrew J. Campbell (a local tinsmith), his 13-year-old nephew Quint, and local photographer Benton Stebbins. Their attention had been attracted by a protruding limestone outcrop and by a nearby sinkhole noted to have cool air issuing from it. Seeking an underground cavern, the men started to dig and, about 4 hours later, a hole was created for the smallest men (Andrew and Quint) to squeeze through, slide down a rope and explore by candlelight. The first column they saw was named the Washington Column, in honor of the first United States President. Upon entering the area called Skeleton’s Gorge, bone fragments (among other artifacts) were found embedded in calcite. Other traces of previous human occupation included pieces of charcoal, flint, and human bone fragments embedded in stalagmite. A skeleton, thought to be that of a Native American girl, found in one of the chasms, was estimated, from the current rate of stalagmitic growth, to be not more than 500 years old. Her remains may have slipped into the caverns after her burial hole collapsed due to a sinkhole, although the real cause is unknown.
I found it very interesting and fascinating at the same time that the formations here have been named after the things they resemble, how amazing is that ?? Well check out the pics, I’ve captioned them for ease of convenience, hope you enjoy them 🙂
If you get a chance, I highly recommend you visit this place!
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