Healthy Kitchen Smells Fresh

November 2, 2008

MINImized Cake

Filed under: Bakings, Desserts, Vegetarian — nshahida @ 11:27 am
Mini Cake with the ganache on top

Mini Cake with the ganache on top

I barely make cakes for I am the only a sweet tooth.. my husband on the other hand is more on savory side. Baking a big round bundt cake isn’t really appealing. Though I heart it so much ( not as much as cookies) indulging the whole things myself isn’t a good idea too ;  I am a health concious person who eats cake in moderation.

On one beautiful day, masyaAllah. That craving for cake blowing quietly into my mind and asked to be satisfied. I mulled over it for a second then came the idea – minimize the whole batch of a recipe and so for the size. At least I get to enjoy it in small portion without having to worry too much who is going to finish the whole thing.

I browsed my favorite chef’s website , Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa , I found one recipe I thought would be great to give it a try. Yes, I love her recipes and she has never let her fans down. The only thing I am quite scared is adding too much butter and eggs in baked goods recipes. So as usual, I had to refer her recipe for guidance and use my own subs and variation. As for the result, I loovveeeee the mini cakes .They were very very moist, flavorful and most importantly, satisfying my crave. The credit always goes to the owner of the original one.. I just made a slight alteration that fit my diet. Thanks to Ina Garten for her great recipes!! if you love the real buttery flavored cake, give hers a try.

How I made it without butter and eggs? See below.

Drizzling the ganache on top of the cake

Drizzling the ganache on top of the cake

Mini Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake (Makes 12 cuties)


  • 1/2 Cup canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 ounces buttermilk at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark raisins

For the ganache:

  • 4 ounces good bittersweet/semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 individual serving  medium size nonstick baking molds.

Whisk oil and applesauce in a medium bowl till well blended  then add sugar, beat with electric mixer or your hands until thickened and fluff a little bit.

Meanwhile , Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, set aside. In another bowl, combine the orange juice, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the oil mixture. Mix until combined. Add the flour and and combine until just moisten. ( Do not overmix)  . Toss the dark raisins with 1 tablespoon flour and add to the batter. Pour into the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the molds on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

For the ganache, melt the chocolate, fresh milk and oil in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over the top of the cakes.Ready to serve after dinner!!

how moist is that? have a pice please!

how moist is that? have a piece please!

Notes Of The Day:

1- Tossing the raisins with a bit of flour to help suspending the raisins/choc chips/nuts or other dried fruits in the batter. So it won’t be sinking down the bottom of the cake.

2 – Do not overmix the batter while mixing in flour to avoid  create the gluten , otherwise you will end up with tough , coarse cake.

3 – I omitted the syrup glaze from the original recipe , i didn’t want my cake overly sweet.If you prefer the syrup on your cake.. follow Ina’s link.

4 – I half the recipe and yielded  6 mini cakes.

p/s – stay tuned, insyaAllah I wil be posting the allergy free version!



  1. adoi..rajin betul shida buat healthy version hihihi….kalau k juli dah indulge in the unhealthy version dah hihihihi….cuba shida buat je full size, pastu shida freezela…potong dulu b4 freeze pastu freeze in bitesize pieces..tang ganache tu yg tricky skitla tp bila nak freeze kot…tp mesti shida dah buat gak dah ni kan….hihihi

    Comment by nadia — November 2, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  2. eh..silap nama.. k juli tu 😛

    Comment by juli — November 2, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

  3. Takde la rajin ,Kakjuli. malas sebenarnye tu.. kalau guna butter kena beat kan.. guna oil just whisk je.. hihihih

    Ooo freeze? ok, insyaAllah nanti shida try tips yg Kakjuli kasik tu, thanks for sharing and visiting me, Kakjuli!! 😀

    Comment by Shida — November 3, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  4. hheheheh k juli nampak je shida update blog, terus pegi hihihihi…..k juli td ni buat karina punye pumpkin cake..belum potong lagi (tgh cooling) tp nampak best sgt..lembut…k juli experiment gak wat banana cake kat zeyd tp yg first try tu better dr second try…hmm nak kene buat third try la pulak..sbb yg first try tu fluffy tp kurg manis (which is ok nanye, esp utk zeyd),yg second one tu tak fluffy, gummy in fact tp rasa ok..pastu k juli try buat pancake plak..tak jd so yg batter lebih tu k juli bake heheh baru je kuar kan td ni…so tgkla cane..hihi ni dpt kerajinan shidala ni hihihihi lepas ni bila jd leh kita share dgn ardo utk nusaybah kan hheheh sepanjang k juli buat td..dok teringat ardo je…

    Comment by Juli — November 4, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

  5. […] I followed the recipe from this entry […]

    Pingback by MINImized Cake ( Allergy-Free Version) « Healthy Kitchen Smells Fresh — November 4, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

  6. Kakjuli, macam mana pumpkin cake tu turn out? mesti best kan.. byk nye Kakjuli experiment, masyaAllah.. a’aa kurang manis mmg bagus la utk Zeyd kan! tapi banana cake sounds delish.

    Kakjuli buat macam2 terigt kat Ardo.. shida pulak terigt kat Kakjuli dgn Ardo.. hihihi! betul kakjuli ckp tu.. hopefully nie juga antara caranya utk help each other kan , Kakjuli!

    Comment by nshahida — November 4, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  7. Shida, this is torture. It might be a while before I learn to make recipes of this caliber, but it’s nice looking at them until them!!
    mashaa Allah, looks delicious 🙂

    Comment by BintAadam — December 1, 2008 @ 12:30 am

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