There are somethings which you learn unknowingly, just by watching it way too many times…although that’s just in your subconscious. You don’t really know whether you already have known it all your life until you’ve tried it – my Mom’s Vanilla Sponge in a Pressure Cooker is just that for me, with a slight variation of my own that I’ve perfected over the years 😘
Ain’t this a beauty! Such an easy recipe, even easier is the technique which is I’ve learnt from my Mom, she’s an expert with cooker cakes…no, not because she doesn’t own an oven….(she has a very rare flame heated English oven, almost like Nigella’s, that’s over 3 decades old & has seen some of the best bakes in its time)….it’s merely a thing of convenience for her to bake in a pressure cooker and get done quickly! She’s my Mom after all, quick and easy is something that’s been passed on me by her…☺️
The hand that held mine once, holds on a piece of cake made by the one she made. How ironical! My first time clicking with a model, my Mom💖…the best part, this cake was made in her kitchen…using her utensils & equipments…(the props are mine…I end up stocking up on them wherever I go!)…almost the traditional way. I beat the sugar with the eggs using a manual beater for the first time in my life! That’s how she still does and says that is the correct way to incorporate the air into the batter for a light and airy cake… the results are here for you to see. She has a point. I will follow this more from now…give my muscles a bit of a workout! 😂 Also, no parchment/ baking paper!
So coming to the recipe, my Mom uses homemade white butter when she bakes a cake. I have used oil in place of the homemade white butter as she didn’t have that ready at home. Also, I have added some milk…it really does make the cake so much more moist, here she agrees with me! You learn some, you teach some!
Yield: a 6″ square cake
Equipment: a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, a large pressure cooker, a spare steel bowl, a cooling rack.
1+ 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
1+ 1/4 cup all purpose flour (Maida, sieved once)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup refined oil
1 + 1/2 tsp baking pwd
3/4 tsp vanilla extract/ essence
Prepare the tin with some oil and dust maida (APF) all over. Set aside.
In a bowl, beat together the sugar & eggs until light and frothy.
Then add the sieved flour, milk & oil. Beat again & add the baking powder with vanilla extract. Beat well, set aside.
Heat the pressure cooker on high flame for 10 mins. Place a bowl or plate inside at the bottom. DONT ADD WATER IN THE COOKER.
Fill the batter in the ready tin upto half its capacity and place the tin in the heated pressure cooker on the bowl kept at the base. Cover the pressure cooker with it lid but remove its gasket and weight. Bake on medium flame for 40-45 mins.
Do a toothpick test and check if the cake is ready after 40 mins, it should come out with a few moist crumbs, if your cake is ready then remove from the cooker using kitchen tongs and cool the tin on cooling rack for 10 mins before unmoulding the cake.
If the cake in undercooked, then let it cook for another 10 mins. It should be ready by then. Slice and serve.
This cake keeps well in an airtight box for 3-4 days.
I am in love with it’s texture and airiness!!
My variation adapted from here.
Looks super yummy….delish 😋
Thanks a ton dear!! This turned out lovely ☺️☺️
I love sponge cakes and these look perfect😃 <3
That’s so sweet of you dear!
Thanks dear Bhavna 😊
Looks very yummy. Tell me doesn’t the plate or bowl kept at the bottom of the pressure cooker turn black or spoil during this method. Share a picture please if you could. I’m confused.. 🙂
Hi Gargi, thanks for stopping by.
In my experience, I have never faces something of the sort. I don’t have a picture at hand. But it won’t burn your bowl/ plate. Use an older utensil if you are worried.
Mam othr option for egg
Hi Megha, you can replace each each with 1/4 cup curd. 2 eggs have been used my me here, so according to that you will use 1/2 cup curd
Loved reading ur post shreya.. Mom 😍😍😍 lovely bake..
Aww!! That’s so sweet of you Monika 💓 thanks a ton!!
The texture of the cake looks amazing.
Thank you Mayuri! 🙂
Hi shreya the cake looks yummy…can you pls suggest how to make this without the eggs? TIA
Glad you like it Aishwarya! 😊
Replace each egg with 1/4 cup curd. That should work. If you Google, they throw up some more options:)
Thanks so much 🙂
My fav cake!!
Thanks a lot Archana! Mine too 😊
What to use instead of eggs
You can try to use 1/4 cup curd per egg
amazing no one have thought about it that cake can be made like that.very nice recipe i will try it soon as possible .
Thank you! Hope you try it soon:)
Can you let me know if I can make this same cake in the convention.. If yes, please help me with the temperature and duration
Hi Madhumita, you can bake this in convention as you bake any cake, I don’t know much about convention. However, in an otg – bake at 170’c for 30-35 mins or until a toothpick inserted in te centre comes out clean.
Absolutely delicious..I am drooling right away..going to make it very soon…can you pls tell me the exact substitute for egless version.is it same as the normal eggless sponge cake?
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Hi Priya, thank you for stopping by! We are pleased to hear that you’d love to give this recipe a try, in my knowledge, I can suggest you to replace each egg with 1/4 cup of thick curd(not Greek). Do try, I hope it works out 😊😊 I will stop by your beautiful space shortly, I am sure I will come across some of the most delicious things💗💗
Hi, is the measuring cup used of 200 ml or 240 ml ?
Hi radhika!! I was traveling, hence sorry for a delayed revert.
The cup I used says, 1cup/ 8 oz
Please can you tell me exact measurements of cup and tsp?? It will very helpful for me
1 cup is 8 oz
1 tsp is 5ml
may i steam this the way we steam idlus?
Hi Sadhna! I won’t suggest steaming, it is to be baked. However, I see no harm in trying. All the best😊
I made this for Mother’s Day and it tastes so good! I messed up the shape because I’m not even a novice at cooking, but mumma was so grateful. I even mentioned you in my mother’s day post, thanks for this!
Oh that’s so sweet of you! Thanks for the mention 😊 I am glad your mumma was happy with the cake!
Wow! Love it!
I have been looking for a Cooker Cake for some time now, thanks. 🙂
That’s great, do try 😊