Friday, August 31, 2012

Vanilla Tea Cake [Egg-less]

During my schooldays, there was a bakery in Chennai - Vergey's Bakery, that sold this amazing tea cake, I can still remember the taste of it tickling my taste buds! It was a simple tea cake, or butter sponge cake. Dad used to buy those cakes for us often and we happily munched on them along with our evening snacks. 

A few days back, Nags had posted a fabulous picture of a sponge cake and the moment I saw it, I was transported back to my school days and that tea cake in particular! Had book marked this right then and finally after weeks of sitting in my bookmark folder, it sees the daylight today, as I baked this up today! It was simple and yum :) 

This being an eggless version did not taste the way that sponge cake did, but it was delicious nevertheless. Am glad to have found a simple eggless vanilla sponge cake recipe 


All purpose flour/Maida - 1.5 cups 
Thick Curd/Yogurt - 1 cup  
Sugar - 3/4 cup 
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 1 and 1/4 tsp
Olive Oil or Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup 
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp 


  • Pre-heat Microwave (in convection mode) to 180 deg C.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the yogurt and ensure all lumps are removed. Add in the sugar and mix well.

  • Add baking powder and baking soda to this mixture and mix well.

  • Set aside this mixture for 5 mins until small bubbles appear on the surface.

  • Add vanilla extract and oil to this mixture and mix all the ingredients well.

  • Add the flour in parts and gently fold in the batter until no more dry flour is seen.

  • Prepare a baking pan, by greasing it with butter and pour in this prepared batter into this baking pan.

  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 30-35 mins until the top turns a golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  • Allow the pan to cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing it. Slicing it when warm, would crumble the cake.Turn it over onto a plate/cutting board and slice up a huge piece for yourself :D

Baked some Stuffed Buns along with this Cake for our tea time today :)

sending this off to Fun-Fare Food Event and Kid's Delight Event


  1. Simple sponge cakes are my favourite.. it has come out real well!

    1. Mine too Gauri! :) We should have it together sometime :)

  2. this looks gorgeous, thanks for posting. the bush vanilla bottle reminded me so much of home and my childhood :)

  3. Love this simple eggless version.I usually make an egg version of the butter cake.Ironically,that was the one I had packed for you,but it turned out to be a slip between the up and the lip!!

  4. oooooh my! looks sooo perfect! these recipes can never grow old!

  5. looks so healthy & delicious...mouthwatering!

  6. This looks so good and spongy.. Very nice.. Thanks for posting

  7. Simple vanilla sponge cakes are always good. It looks absolutely perfect.

  8. Wow the cake has come out so perfectly...Looks so moist and even I remember my school days when I kept munching these for snack intervals :) Glad to have found your space :) Following you now!!

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  9. Too good, so well made - Nice & spongy

  10. Simple recipe.. looks spongy and soft :)

  11. The cake looks so soft and spongy... U have a wonderful blog. Happy to follow u

  12. wow cake looks really spongy and perfect.

  13. yummy sponge cake, first time here, lv ur space!!!

  14. Awesome recipe! The battercame together in minutes and the texture is perfect! I just added some pineapple essence..thanks for sharing

    1. Hello Chhaya... Great to hear! :) So glad you tried the recipe and liked it! Adding in Pineapple essence... that must have tasted yum! :) Thanks a lot for writing in :)

  15. Is there anyway i can make this in an oven instead of microwave?