It was love at first bite for me. We paid a visit to Theobroma in Colaba on a cloudy day, weighed down with several shopping bags. I dug hungrily into a slice of orange cake and with the first Ummmm itself was transported to another world. I don’t remember what made me go for it instead of the colourful rainbow pastries and chocolate cakes that I’m generally partial to. But yes, I was admittedly disheartened that I could possibly never bake anything so yummy.
A foodie with a taste for perfection has endless patience and resources though. I’m not much of a baker but have tried my hand at different types of cakes like banana, carrot, mango, etc. An orange cake seemed like a challenge and, for the sake of my taste buds, I took it head-on. Thankfully, it turned out great at the first attempt itself. I’m sharing with you all this super tasty and easy recipe so you can try it too. I’ve replaced all purpose flour and sugar with wheat flour and jaggery to make it healthy.
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Sugar/jaggery powder – ½ cup
Orange juice (fresh or canned) – 1 cup
Oil/ghee – ¼ cup
Corn starch – 1 tbsp
Baking powder – ½ tbsp
Baking soda – ½ tbsp
Orange zest – 1 tbsp
Orange essence – 1 tsp
Orange juice – 1/4 cup
1. Sieve wheat flour, corn starch, baking powder and baking soda together and keep them aside.
2. Take jaggery and oil/ghee in another bowl and beat them together till they turn frothy. You can use an electric beater or do it manually.
3. Once done, add orange juice, orange zest and orange essence to the mixture and mix them.
4. Add the dry ingredients to this wet mixture slowly and mix them all well together. Make sure that the batter has no lumps.
5. Grease a 7*4 inch cake tin and dust it with dry flour. Pour the batter in it and tap it to release excess air bubbles.
6. Preheat an oven at 180 degrees C. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
7. Make holes in the orange cake at random points and pour ¼ cup of orange juice on it. Let it soak in.
8. You can serve this cake warm or cool. It tastes great with tea or coffee or even on its own.
* You can use ghee instead of oil or a combination of both.
* If you’re using canned orange juice then use 3/4 cup of sugar in the recipe.
You can have fun baking this cake with your kids and make it a fun vacation activity. A Jr squeezed fresh orange juice while Angel excitedly used measuring spoons and handed me the exact quantities as required. My kitchen looked like it was hit by a tornado by the time we were done. I was in a food coma to be bothered by it though. Surely a happy experience for an amateur baker like me.
A slice of this orange slice might be loaded with calories but is definitely a better dessert option on a cheat day. Do give a try!
© This site A Vibrant Palette is the property of Varsha Bagadia. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Varsha Bagadia and A Vibrant Palette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
17 thoughts on “Homemade Orange Cake with Wheat flour and Jaggery”
I love baking and I orange cake both. Orange flavor is so refreshing. I always find it something different than regular vanilla or chocolate cake. My in-law’s anniversary is in this week and I am going to try this recipe.
I am very new for baking, your step by step details will help me a great deal. I am going to try it on weekend.
I am not so good in baking but this looks really easy and yummy to bake and I’m sure kids will enjoy!! Thanks for sharing!!
Wah! Very simple and easy recipe. Oranges will give that extra flavour to this cake. Looking very Yum!
Orange cake sound tempting. This looks so delicious and lip smacking. Indeed quick and easy recipe. Definitely gonna try soon.
Orange cake sounds tempting. This looks so delicious and lip smacking. Indeed quick and easy recipe. Definitely gonna try soon.
Awesome. This is such a healthy recipe with whole wheat and jaggery. Why should I wait for a special occasion to try it?
Wow you make it look so easy but I know I’m never going to try this. Will send it to my mom though 😍
I will be trying this cake tommorow!! I hope all will turn out to be well…Thanks for sharing the recipe
Noted this recipe as I’m gonna bake orange cake very soon. But I just had a small question, doesn’t it becomes little bitter? As this was the reason I wasn’t trying orange cake
During this session break I am surely going to try this one and my kids also love the whole process of baking. Thanks for the detailed recipe
Orange cake sounds super nice. I am baking cooking more than ever in this corona situation!!
Your pics had me salivating! If I had an oven, I would have followed your recipe and made this cake today! Saving it for later.
I have this recipe saved the minute saw the images on your Instagram page. Healthy, yummy and fresh. Orange cake is my weakness and I am for sure trying this one.
I’m definitely trying this as its looks so yummy n I’m getting tempt to eat right now
i can definitely relate to this as i have recently started baking. will be trying this out very soon.
Can I replace the whole wheat flour with almond flour? Do the proportions remain the same?