Chocolate Finger millet Cake | Chocolate Ragi Cake (Vegan)

Tingling air, heavenly petrichor, and freshness permeates the air as it rained heavily early morning. The rain is very welcome and was much awaited. It will replenish the springs, it will nourish the winter crops, benefit the fruit trees and it will improve the weather.
The temperature has dropped visibly. People in the streets are bundled up in layers and layers of clothes. Birds are huddled up together in branches. Monkeys are also cuddled up in groups. We spotted a pair of Red Vent Bulbuls in bougainvillea bush.

On cold days, afternoon tea is eagerly awaited for. While the teapot hissed and steamed, we dressed up our finger millet cake with thick ganache. A handful of crushed pistachios were showered on the ganache as it dripped from the sides. The cake we delicious.

I baked this cake on lines of Cake Pan Cake or, the Wartime Cake. It is vegan and guilt-free.
We bake this cake quite often. When we bake it as a snack cake, we bake with whole grain flour. when baked as a dessert cake, its 50% all-purose flour and 50% wholegrain flour.

It is definitely an easy dessert cake on the go and is really delish.

Chocolate Finger millet Cake | Chocolate Ragi Cake (Vegan)


  • 2 cups wholewheat flour 
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup finger millet flour
  • 1 ¼ cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (scant)
  • ½ teaspoon rock salt (less if using sea salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Generously grease one 8 cup bundt pan with oil. Dust with flour. Tap to remove excess flour.
  3. You may bake this cake in two 8 inch round cake pans or one large 9 inches round cake pan.
  4. Take all the dry ingredients (first six ingredients) in a large bowl.
  5. Whisk together nicely.
  6. Make a well in the center.
  7. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  8. Mix well to get a lump free batter.
  9. Pour into the prepared bundt pan.
  10.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Remove the pan from the oven after 10 minutes. Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Enjoy plain or with ganache. (Find the recipe for ganache here)
I suggest that once the cake cools completely, wrap in a cling film and keep it overnight. Slice next day. It becomes soft, moist and the flavours also come out fully.

Note – If you are using a bundt pan, ensure that it is a non- stick material. Grease it well with oil and dust with flour in all the corners and crevices. After you remove the cake from the oven, wrap a towel around the base and sides of the pan for 15 minutes. Use the back of a spoon to push the cake from the sides. If you see that it has left the pan, invert on the rack. 
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  1. Hi Namita
    How can I make this cake gluten free? Any grain you can suggest plz .Thanks

    1. Hello Niki, I suggest that you use buckwheat flour in place of Whole wheat flour. Happy Baking Niki!

  2. Wow! addition of wine is a great idea Binu. I am sure that the cake must have been yum.