Grain-free Cake

CD from Georgia USA writes:

“I am supposed to make cake for Gaura Purnima this year. I dont know how to make ekadasi cake. Can you please help me with a cake recipe suitable for ekadasi fasting devotees.”

My reply:

“Ekadasi cake???? Why ekadasi cake? You are offering the cake for the pleasure of Lord Caitanya. He doesn’t eat ekadasi food on His appearance day? That is for us, who can’t fast completely.

I have never heard of such a thing. All the temples I know that make cake on that day offer a nice grain cake, and the prasadam is honoured next day. Lord Caitanya is the Supreme Enjoyer, after all. He is not worshiped as a renounced shaved-headed sanyasi on the altar. He is worshipped as Maha Purusa.

Still if the management asked for an ekadasi cake, go to and see if they have a grain-free cake.

coconut cake:

Or try this one:

Ekadasi Coconut Cake

(From “The Book of Egg Free Cakes” By Cintia Stammers)1 1/4 cups milk powder
1 1/4 cups potato flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarb
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 mashed bananas
1/2 cup yogurt
Finely grated rind of one lemon and one orange
1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts

Butter and flour 10-inch cake tin, or for a deeper cake, an 8-inch tin.

Set oven to 330 F.

Sift together the milk powder, potato flour, sugar and bicarb.

Melt the butter and toast the coconut in it.

Mash the bananas and mix in the yogurt, rind and butter-toasted coconut.

Add the dry ingredients and nuts and beat with a spoon.

Pour into tin and bake 20 to 30 mins. Test with toothpick, rest ten minutes and turn out onto rack.

When cool, split and fill with whipped cream and fresh fruit, and/or jam. You can also ice it and cover with fresh soft grated coconut for dramatic effect.
Posted by Kurma on 18/3/08; 9:34:15 AM

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