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Jihvā For Mangoes – Mango Cake

Mango cake-Entry to JFI
Within a few hours after Indira told that she was going to host this event, I was squeezing my brain for an innovative recipe – What to do with mango – jam? chutney? Salsa ? Flan ?? Yes –Flan it is – Mango flan. Yahoooo !!!!

Even before checking out the recipe for mango flan I popped an email to Indira. “I am doing mango flan !!!!”

Indira, nice enough, congratulated me on the idea and sent me a link to Ginis’ blogsite (Great detail, Gini!) where she had all these detailed instructions to do Flan. But flan is a fat-heavy dessert.

4 egg yolks ???? 2 whole eggs ??? evaporated milk ??? – Nothing wrong with the ingredients, but it would defeat my “try-my-best-low-fat-cooking”, which was the basis of me starting this blog.

So next I went into googling for low-fat mango flan.. I found one which did not use a single egg, no milk and almost virtually fat free. So how DID the flan then become a flan ??? I compared the ingredients and procedure and found that it used gelatin to get the consistency. Gelatin ?? Flan ?? Something did not ring right – Oh is that mango jelly with buttermilk and caramel coating ???

Well, that is NO flan. Almost all low fat flans were the same. So my plans to do a low-fat mango flan failed miserably. Sorry Indira !! The days that followed I spoke to myself and googled most of the time (There were days when I went straight from the bed to googling mango recipes) to get a “Mango recipe”. I found a lot of dessert-recipes but most of it was high in fat. I even thought of giving up and sending a link to the Mango pachadi I had blogged earlier.

Then the thought of apple crumble came across and from there I got the thread to do mango crumble cake. But I have not done any cake in my life except one betty crocker readymade cake-mix for Ravi’s birthday. I became tense in measuring, did all the math I could, followed the recipe by keeping the laptop on the kitchen counter ( who has the time to take printout out eh? )and waited impatiently for the cake to come out.

Why can’t I see it while its baking ?? Well, as it goes you can. So I did. I did cheat by peeking in twice. And finally after 30 minutes, the cake came out !! VOILA !! Perfect !!! So thanks to the “Maneka Nirmal”, this recipe turned out great. I have adjusted the recipe so that its low-fat.

And here you go. Mango Cake – My Entry to the First JFI [Drumsroll please]

– Allpurpose flour(Maida) – 1 cup
– Baking soda – 1 tsp
– Salt – 3/4 tsp
– Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
– Egg whites – 2
– Veg oil – 1/4 cup
– Sugar – 3/4 cup
– Golden raisins – 1/2 cup
– Mango(diced) – 1 cup

1. Mix all the dry ingredients viz., flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder.
2. Add the wet ingredients – egg whites, oil and ofcourse mangoes and raisins.
3. Mix until all the ingredients are nicely incorporated. The batter will be initially tight. As the sugar melts it will loosen up to the consistency of rice pudding.
4. Pour into a cake pan. And pat it against the counter top or board to release the air bubbles. Let it sit for 20 mins so that the sugar will loosen up the batter.
5. Bake for 30 minutes. And allow it to cool.

Cake with the topping
Optional Topping

Add sugar, diced mango pieces with little water and heat it for a few minutes until it becomes glossy. Pour over the cake.

If I were to do the cake again, which I will, these are the changes I would do.
1) Add two cups of mango instead of just 1 cup.
2) I would love for the mango flavour to be more dominating – good mangoes make a difference. Mango flavour would be great addition. But is it available in the market ??

Ravi had a second helping of the cake, which is pretty unusual. So there it goes the cake was a great success !!!


May 1, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Oh wow! First time visiting your blog. Thanks for the comment! The mango cake does look delicious. Your last name sounds very familiar to me..trying to scratch my brain so I can figure out where I heard it…..hmmmmm

    Comment by Luv2cook | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  2. This is my first time visiting your blog, thanks for your comments on my new blog 🙂 Loved your recipes and the presentation. I have a lot to learn still from people like you! 🙂

    Comment by CurryInAHurry | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  3. Very nice presentation Revathy, wish i could taste it.

    Comment by archana | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  4. Looks really nice! lovely recipe and lovely pictures! looks like you have found your dream lowfat mango recipe!


    Comment by Saffron | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  5. I am making this one, Revathi. You’ll know once I have. But hey, what do you do with the egg yolks?

    Comment by Vaishali | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  6. yummy cake and I love this version.. I would be really really happy if you would let me have a bite of it:)

    Comment by Kitchenmate | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  7. hey , followed you from a comment on my site. The cake looks great.

    Comment by Vee | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  8. me too, first time visiting your blog, nice one.

    Comment by Lakshmi | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  9. Luv2cook:
    Welcome to my blog. Duddukuru is a small village Andhra pradesh. its my husbands (Ravi) last name actually. May be u know him ? Dont know your name – so no way guessing whether I know you..

    Welcome Veda. My blog is just a month old. So I am also learning.

    Thanks Archana

    SH, your mango cheese cake is also low fat. Ravi has had a recent bump in cholesterol.. The good thing is that he is taking it seriously.. So I am trying my best to compensate the taste. So this venture.

    Egg to me means just whites. In any way we consume eggs. And yes i wash away the yolks into the sink. Would stink if you trash it.
    Btw its very good for the skin i guess – but i dont have the courage to try it on the skin raw eeks !

    Comment by Revathi | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  10. Mango flan looks delicious Revathi. Nice blog!

    Comment by KrishnaArjuna | May 1, 2006 | Reply

  11. Mango cake is much better and to tell you the truth I am not a big fan of flans. Too much eggyolk for my taste.:)

    I’ve also bookmarked to try this recipe, Revathi. Now I can follow your tips. Your recipe is a keeper! May be adding some pureed mango pulp to the cake batter might help about the flavor.

    Thanks for participating in JFI-Mango Event.

    Comment by Indira | May 2, 2006 | Reply

  12. Hi,
    Your cake looks yummy!!! Can i have one piece???

    Comment by Menu Today | May 2, 2006 | Reply

  13. We really share the love for low fat ! It’s a wonderful recipe you have come up with , and I can use your low fats recipes in my day to day cooking- It’s great how this event has led me into so many blogs i’d never visited before-
    Lovely presentation Revathi!

    Comment by Nandita | May 2, 2006 | Reply

  14. Indira :
    Thanks for the comments. Ya pureed mango would make a difference but I was a little bit scared to mess with the recipe – first time baker I am !

    Welcome to my blog Lakshmi ! I am a regular visitor of your Rasoi. Good work !!

    Kitchenmate :
    Surely you are welcome to have a err e-bite ??? Btw every time I go to your blog, I end up clicking on your son’s foto and keep staring at him… Such a cutie doll

    Welcome Vee & Krishnaarjuna !!

    Menutoday – As for now one e-bite of the cake ?? 🙂

    Thanks Nandita Welcome to my blog. I intend to post only low-fat recipes. Sometimes though I post recipes like the soya fritters which are high in protein so portion size is wise and healthy there.

    Comment by Revathi | May 2, 2006 | Reply

  15. Thatz a delicious cake. Pretty presentation too. Well done!!

    Comment by Puspha | May 3, 2006 | Reply

  16. HI Revathi,
    Nice Recipe.I will definetly try to do this.
    Nice photos.

    Comment by Vineela | May 3, 2006 | Reply

  17. Yeah..nothing low fat about flan. For me, it is an indulgence once in a while. The cake looks really good. I hope I get around to trying it.

    Comment by Gini | May 3, 2006 | Reply

  18. Yummy looking cake Revathi..

    You get “momy’s” approval :):):)

    Comment by Santhi | May 5, 2006 | Reply

  19. hey revathy…I am so happy to hear that my recipe inspired u to create a great recipe by yourself…good luck with your next experiment too…

    Comment by Maneka Nirmal | June 7, 2006 | Reply

  20. Maneka !! Thanks for visiting my blog.. When are you going to open your blog ??? I am sure it would be great to see your blog..

    Comment by Revathi | June 7, 2006 | Reply



    Comment by maneka nirmal | August 6, 2006 | Reply

  22. Hi Revathy,I am new to your blog and reached this page when i was searching the recipe for Mango Cake. I am really impressed by the way you present your recipes..both the notes and the snaps…are excellent. Keep up the good work…!!
    Am a first time baker and have a couple of questions (sorry if they seem silly..:)..!!) – do I need to preheat the oven? If so at what temp.?? And similary what should be the temp when i bake?

    Comment by Supri | November 10, 2006 | Reply


    Comment by Anonymous | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  24. What a great site » » »

    Comment by Anonymous | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  25. The cake looks good and would like to try it once. But can you let me know the substitute for egg white that would be of great help

    Comment by Deepthi | May 9, 2007 | Reply

  26. Sorry, I did not see the oven temperature in your blog. At what temperature did you bake the mango cake?

    Comment by Anonymous | November 18, 2007 | Reply

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