Vanilla Cake (Wholegrain)

I learned an important lesson some four years ago that whenever you are embarking on a journey, especially with small children, it is very important that you carry a lot of eatables especially dry food with you. It comes in handy as kids keep eating throughout the journey, it saves you from eating junk food like chips etc when hunger pangs become unbearable, it also fills your tummy well if the food of your choice is not available and God forbid, if your traveling time gets extended due to some reason, it is a blessing to have eatables with you. When our daughter was two years old, while returning home from Delhi, we got stuck in a huge traffic jam. A bridge had collapsed. There was no way that the vehicles could move. Since we were just two hours from our destination, some villagers suggested that we take the forest road that would meet the highway after a detour. After a little reluctance, we turned our vehicle and decided to take the forest road as a lot of vehicles were taking this route. It turned out to be a real nightmare. There was no defined road. There were huge boulders on the way and road was uneven. It got worse after the sunset. We had packed some sandwiches which were over. There was only a pack of biscuits which our daughter had nibbled and there was nothing for her. It was already ten hours of traveling since morning. She started crying with hunger and exhaustion. We were cursing ourselves for bad planning. After this trip, she suffered from the infection of the intestines as she had been eating pieces of biscuits fallen in the car. Since then, I always carry a lot of food on the journeys. This time, besides biscuits (my last post), I also made whole wheat tea time Vanilla cake.

This cake is delicious and filling and has the goodness of whole wheat flour.

Vanilla Cake (Wholegrain)


  • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ½ cup (100gms) butter
  • 1 cup unrefined cane sugar  
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup (100ml) buttermilk or mix yogurt and water to make ½ cup.
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Grease and line one 8 inch round cake tin cake tin or 8  1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch bread pan. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add vanilla essence. 
  4. In a bowl, sift whole wheat flour with salt, baking soda and baking powder. Keep aside. 
  5. Beat the white of the eggs till fluffy and stiff. 
  6. Add this to butter-sugar mixture.
  7. Add yolks and mix well. Now add flour to this mixture in three parts adding buttermilk while doing so. The batter should be smooth and there should be no lumps.
  8.  Pour the batter.
  9. Bake for about 55 minutes.
  10. When the top turns golden and skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, the cake is done. Remove from the oven after five minutes and remove from the cake tin in another five minutes. Place it on the wire rack and let it cool.

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  2. Hi!

    I love your way of cooking, very healthy, very delicious. I will also try this cake. Thanks

  3. Hi, I just baked the cake and it turned out to be excellent cake. So moist and nutritious....thanks for the recipe.

  4. You have an awesome website. Thanks got sharing all your recipes generously.

    I would like to try this recipe but I am a vegetarian. Could you please suggest how to replace the eggs in this recipe? Thank you

    1. Hello Jayashree,
      Thank you for visiting my blog. Jayashree, lately, i have been baking a lot of egg less cakes. I would request you to visit "cakes" section. You will come across a lot of egg less recipes there. I hope you will like them and pick some to try. Do keep in touch. Love and best wishes!

  5. Hi namita.. thanks for the wonderful recipes.. just a small info.. I plan to try this cake tomorrow. To make the buttermilk wats the ratio of curd n water.. plz cld u guide me..
    Also I was won drink if you could think of a recipe for moti chur cake.. I live this and I'm wondering if we cld use moti chur in cakes..

    1. Hi Karen, you may take slightly more than 1/4 cup water and add beaten curd to make 1/2 cup. If the curd is very thick, you may require more water.
      Idea of Moti chur cake is great. It would be a great fusion recipe. Will try to coem out with some recipe and surely share with you! Best wishes and love!

  6. Hello aunty! I have a penchant for baking and I used to bake eggless cakes in a pressure cooker before my mom bought me an otg. My cooker cakes and the early otg cakes were quite good in texture, just like your one above- they had an even, light and fine, crumbly texture. But then suddenly my cakes started having uneven textures, with many portions of dense, doughy cake. The bites felt like cooked pieces of dough. I believe that besides having good taste, a cake must also have a good, even texture like your cake above. Seeing your passion for and experience in baking, I hope you may suggest a solution to this problem so that I can resume baking good cakes. Thanks:)
    (I have a 28 liter bajaj otg, and i bake my cakes at 180 degrees celcius. I also feel that my oven takes a lot of time as compared to that suggested in cakes and cookies recipes)

    1. Hello Poornima, you seem to be a wonderful baker. Small problems could be because of the new OTG and will get over as soon as you get used to it. I also have a Bajaj OTG and find it fantastic. I hope you are following the recipes exactly. The best way to test the cake for doneness is to insert a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Do let me know about your baking adventures. Best wishes and love!

  7. Hi, Today I baked this amazing cake in the morning.It turned out very well, moist and delicious .Thanks for the recipe.👌☺

  8. Thanks for the recipe .... my cake came out so soft ..... thanks a lot😊😊

  9. Yes, Binu, oil is a healthier alternative. You may also try coconut oil. Beat eggs, add sugar and then stir in oil. Happy Baking!

  10. Hi mam, thanks for the recipe. If I want to include orange juice in this recipe how do i add that? What would be the changes that i need to make?

    1. Hello Viji, in place of 1/2 cup buttermilk, you may take 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 cup buttermilk. Do let me how this combination works. Happy Baking!