Healthy Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions

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    Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe
    Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe

    Lately a close friend requested me to bake a cake for her husband’s birthday. I hardly take orders but it’s impossible to refuse friends. After all friends are for each other, isn’t it. The fun started when she listed down her requirements for the birthday cake.

    Her requirements were little like:

    • It should be a chocolate cake
    • Without eggs
    • No butter
    • No All-purpose flour (Maida)
    • It should be light (so can’t use whole wheat flour)
    • Should not be dry or crumbly (so can’t use millets)
    • It should not be too sweet. Please don’t use condensed milk.

    I had to actually ask her if she really needed a birthday cake. I had made eggless chocolate cake with condensed milk earlier, but that will not work this time. My ladoo did a whole wheat chocolate cake, but that also won’t fit into the bill. Wheat cakes are not going to be light.

    I was in a fix. For a minute or two I regretted myself for saying yes to her but then I made my mind to take this challenge. Here my never say no attitude encouraged me.

    I checked all the instructions given by her. I went to pantry and checked all the available options. After making the check list of do’s and don’ts finally I picked up the ingredients.

    Chocolate Semolina Cake

    Indian families are generally fond of Semolina. I had a lot of suji ka halwa while I was a kid. But back then, never heard about a chocolate semolina cake recipe from anyone.

    I opted semolina (raw) to use as a base. Why semolina? Because it fits into all the parameters given by my friend. Healthy without using wheat flour, light without using all-purpose flour. It is light and fluffy so cake will be light. The cake after baking will be soft and moist. Moreover it is known as superfood.

    Plain semolina cake itself is so delicious. Now think of adding the richness of chocolate into it. I am sure there are many who wish to eat healthy cake. And also many who want to deliver healthy cakes to their clients. Wheat base cakes are not preferred for frosting. This Chocolate Semolina cake recipe will suit best to all of you. And if your client or you yourself are strictly vegetarian, cheer up. This is a pure vegetarian eggless chocolate semolina cake recipe.

    Chocolate semolina cake Ingredients

    I used fresh yogurt for this recipe in lieu of condensed milk and eggs. It is important to note that the yogurt you are using for the rava chocolate cake recipe should not be sour. It will otherwise, end up giving you a sour cake. I am sure you don’t want that. So don’t skip tasting the yogurt before mixing with other ingredients.

    Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe

    To make our chocolate semolina cake recipe a butter less cake recipe, I have used oil. I personally love oil based cakes. That’s because even after you store the cake in refrigerator, the crumb stays soft. To make it chocolatey, I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder. It was difficult to select the ingredients per her instructions but not impossible.

    When the cake came out of the oven, I was like as I have cleared my exams with distinction. It was super soft, moist and light in texture. I filled the in-between layers with chocolate mousse and covered it with Chocolate ganache. For ganache I use Lindt’s dark chocolate. In case you want ganache recipe, please check my recipe of Whole wheat chocolate tarts.

    This is certainly one of the best semolina cake ( suji cake ) recipe you will find. A perfect cake to enjoy while enjoying cold evening on your terrace.

    Well, as far as my friend is concerned, she wasn’t really sure as how the chocolate semolina cake will taste. However, the efforts resulted in a super cool thank you call with a list of compliments that her friends gave her while eating the cake.

    Want to make suji cake in pressure cooker

    Thinking of making Suji cake in pressure cooker. Sure, it is doable. Didn’t I help you with making atta cookies without oven?

    Let me help you in making this suji cake in pressure cooker / Idli maker. Follow the following steps after you have made the batter.

    In a pressure cooker/Idli maker, add salt or sand. Place metal stand on it followed by a metallic plate, just to provide the platform to baking tin (As shown in the pic).

    Don’t place baking tin directly over the salt or sand else your cake will burn because of excess of heat.

    Switch on the flame and let the salt/sand heat for 5 minutes on medium flame. Meanwhile remove the whistle and gaskit from the lid.

    Now place the baking tin inside the cooker and close the lid. Let the cake bake on low to medium flame for 20 minutes.

    Idli maker

    Let’s make the chocolate semolina cake recipe

    Ingredients

    Use Conversion Table to convert cups into grams and vice versa

    Items Quantity
    Semolina 200 gm
    Sugar – Powdered 100 gm
    Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 30 gm
    Yogurt 70 gm
    Oil 80 ml
    Milk 200 ml
    Baking powder ½ tsp
    Baking soda ½ tsp
    Salt ¼ tsp
    Chocolate essence 1 tsp

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    Calories Count

    Total Calories 1958.5 Calories
    Total Servings 8 Pieces
    Calories per Serving 244.81 Per Piece

    Instructions

    In a large mixing bowl take Semolina, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix dry ingredients.

    Rava Cake Recipe Dry Ingredients

    Add fresh yogurt, oil and chocolate essence to the dry ingredients. Mix it.

    Chocolate Semolina Cake ingredients mixture

    Start adding milk to it to make a batter. Add half of the milk and keep the rest milk aside.

    Chocolate Semolina Cake Batter with milk

    Prepare a smooth batter and let this batter rest for 10 minutes. During this time the semolina will soak the moisture and batter will become thick. Meanwhile keep the oven for preheating at 180 °C.

    Chocolate Semolina Cake batter

    Now add the rest of the milk to the batter. Batter should be of pouring consistency. Add Salt, Baking powder and Baking soda to the batter and whisk it well. Pour the batter into a greased baking tin (8” inches).

    Eggless Chocolate Semolina Cake

    Bake it in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once cake is baked, take it out from the oven and de-mould it.

    Rava Chocolate Cake

    Place the de-moulded cake on a wired rack and let it cool completely.

    Eggless chocolate cake

    Healthy Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions
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    Servings Prep Time
    8 Cake Pieces 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 Cake Pieces 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    Healthy Chocolate Semolina Cake Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    8 Cake Pieces 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    8 Cake Pieces 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    25 minutes
    Ingredients
    Servings: Cake Pieces
    Instructions
    1. In a large mixing bowl take Semolina, powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Mix dry ingredients.
    2. Add fresh yogurt, oil and chocolate essence to the dry ingredients. Mix it.
    3. Start adding milk to it to make a batter. Add half of the milk and keep the rest milk aside.
    4. Prepare a smooth batter and let this batter rest for 10 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile keep the oven for preheating at 180 °C.
    6. Now add the rest of the milk to the batter. Batter should be of pouring consistency.
    7. Add Salt, Baking powder and Baking soda to the batter and whisk it well.
    8. Pour the batter into a greased baking tin (8” inches).
    9. Bake it in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    10. Once cake is baked, take it out from the oven and de-mould it.
    11. Place the de-moulded cake on a wired rack and let it cool completely.
    Recipe Notes
    1. Ensure you give 10 minutes of resting time when you soak semolina with wet ingredients.
    2. Just want to make Semolina cake without chocolate, remember to include 30gm of of semolina instead of 30gm of cocoa powder.
    3. Do not use stale curd. The recipe will completely get spoiled. Only fresh curd/yogurt that is sweet in taste.
    4. Use flavourless oil.
    5. If you feel that your batter is thick, add milk accordingly. The batter needs to be of pouring consistency, but not runny.
    6. Do not use roasted semolina for this recipe.
    7. Use fine semolina (sooji).

    Disclaimer: Opinions expressed within this article are personal. The calories count is indicative using Google as a reference point. The links carry affiliate links. If you click and buy Sonlicious will get a small commission that helps in keeping the blog up and running. The brands gave nothing to recommend their product.

    59 COMMENTS

    1. Hey this sound too god to be true…my chance to bake it ..but I couldn’t fingers unsweetened cocoa powder. Should I reduce the amount of sugar in that case.?

    2. Hi Sonia,

      Your recipe sounds too good to be true. Can you pls recommend something to replace Baking Soda, availability is an issue.

      Will update you with the results soon.

      Thanks

    3. Great results ! My four year old could not stop eating it ! will bake for her without any guilt ..thank you for the recipe.

    4. I saw your convertion chart.By reading this I converting gm into cup.I use 1cup =250ml cup.
      According to this
      1 & 1/2 cup samolina
      1/2 cup powder sugar
      1/4 cup curd
      1tbs coco powder
      Is this write according to your mesures?

    5. Dis just awesome dear d most importa Thing I like was d servings part where we can change d servings n d ingredients r changed according to it ur recipes r really good thanks a lot dear for giving us d opportunity to use dis thanks a ton stay blessed always I h e just a question what will be d problem of we use d pasted raha as I don’t have dat secondly what Eid happen if we use datidli rava as I don’t know how to dofferencite between different Rava as in Saudi we get d packed simple packets of rava n nothing is mentionded dere plz help

      • Hello Fatima,
        Roasted rava will not get soft during the soaking process and after baking the cake will be crunchier. You will feel the grain of rava while the eating the cake.
        I cannot think of a way to find out the difference between rice rava and wheat rava by just looking at the texture. Ideally the pack should mention the same.
        Sonia

    6. Couldnt resist to try your super hot recipe today, it turned out super yummy and light.
      However, I was pondering if we could reduce the quantity of oil to make it further healthy.

      • Hello Leena, I don’t know about dark brown wheat rava. The semolina we have used is a wheat semolina. Just in case you are trying to use roasted semolina, I would not recommend.

        – Sonia

    7. This is in such perfect time. Was planning to bake a whole wheat cake today for the kid and her friends..But this looks wow…Will give it a try today itself. Is this regular upma rava or what we call fine rava or Chiroti rava in Bangalore?
      Thanks again for churning out such wonderful creations

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