Saturday, July 24, 2010

Low Fat Rum Raisin and Vanilla Coffee Cake

Dear All,

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Most of my cakes these days are made using oil rather than ounces of butter. Using oil not only makes your cake a lot healthier but also keeps it super moist. I usually use any vegetable oil but to make it even more healthy you use olive oil. I have tried baking with olive oil and never had any problems.
 Few days back when I was sorting through my pantry I came across a box full of raisins which I had last used in my Eggless Chocolate Raisin Coffee Cake, thinking of the same reminded me that V has asked me (yeah not even requested but specifically asked!!) to prepare this cake and I have been ignoring her since long time. Not that I don't want to prepare this cake but I am trying to pursue her to make it on her own! Yeah have been trying to push her towards baking from long time, though she is a great cook but she seems to be allergic to the word baking..duh!!

Now those raisins were crying out loud to me and I really had to use them as..oh well I cannot see anyone crying :-) Luckily I even had rum in hand to soak my raisins in. I was about to give in to V's request but unlucky for her that I was out of coco powder so the cry for the hour was to go in with Plain Raisin Cake but can Vanilla beans be left behind? So finally I decided to make Raisin and Vanilla combo and I must say what a fantastic combo it came out to be! It looked and smelled amazing! I literally had to hide few pieces from V to be able to take them to office for my new colleagues! 

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Look at those plump and juicy raisins along with spects of vanilla beans, aren't they gorgeous!

Rum Raisin and Vanilla Coffee Cake
Ingredients:-
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar or vanilla sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 large eggs as room temperature
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 Vanilla bean scrapped or 2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark rum for soaking

Procedure:-

  • Soak raisins in rum overnight or for atleast 3 to 4 hours, the raisins should become plump and juicy.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degress C, grease and flour a bundt pan.
  • Sieve together flour, baking powder and baking soda, keep aside.
  • In a seperate vessel beat together sugar, eggs and oil until well combined and creamy.
  • Add in scraped vanilla beans or vanilla essence, mix well.
  • Now add in flour mixture alternatively with milk and beat on low speed until all the flour and milk is well combined.
  • Finally gently fold in rummy raisins along with any rum that is left. DONOT beat.
  • Pour this batter in bundt pan and bake for 40 to 45 mins, until a knife or a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake completely before removing from the pan.
  • Slice and serve with tea or coffee, enjoy!

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Verdict? Dont pictures talk a thousand words more than writing? Honestly I am in love with this cake! Its one of the best raisin cake ever! If are lover of rum and raisin combo than it is a must for to try this. I got fantastic reviews from everyone in office and to top it off V had already finished off the entire cake by the time I reached home from office, I dont know about you guys but that speaks a lot about its taste to me! Thanks V for always being a fantastic reviewer of my cakes by finishing them off :-)

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59 comments:

  1. Hi Parita, love the bundt pan and the cake looks super soft. I agree cakes made with oil are healthier and softer and hence prefer using oil these days.

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  2. i dont know what to say but you wont believe me I just baked almost a similar cake today. got my first bundt pan yesterday and some guests are also coming this evening. so made a coffee cake with my soaked fruit n nuts from last christmas. I know it tastes great as I just tasted some after taking the clicks. lovely cake Parita.

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  3. What a beautiful and healthy bundt cake!

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  4. even i love using oil instead of butter ..rum an raisins...awesome..what better combo for a cake can u get :)

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  5. Wowww... mouth watering cake parita.. looks amazing.. love it :)

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  6. Looks super delicious dear..more similar to your tutty fruity cake rite..:)

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  7. Oooh...Sounds so healthy and beautiful.

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  8. What a wonderful cake Parita!!I love the rum n raisin combo..be it in my chocolate or my lipsticks..lol!!I am trying this cake for sure!!

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  9. Loved that cake dear...looks really nice..

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  10. Thats a beautiful,spongy and gorgeous cake..yumm!

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  11. Perfect spongy and delicious cake...looks too gud!

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  12. parita how perfectly made soft cake.soooooooo yummy and perfect coffe cake.. good work yarr..

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  13. Wonderful cake parita.. really i loved the texture of the cake.. sure will try it out.. but did u used olive oil for this cake too ? I am bookmarking will let u know the result soon dear..

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  14. I have used other oils for cake but never olive oil , cos as u said using oil for the cake keeps cake moist.. just wanted to double confirm of using olive oil in cake ?

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  15. I am crying for those cakes now.. I badly want them :(

    Since you cant see anyone crying.. you better send some to me ;)

    Lovely cake dear :) Looks fantastic. I love raisins, so will like the addition to the cake. :)

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  16. Lovely cake Parita, the raisins make it more tempting to try. Thanks for dropping by my site. following you for more of such delicacies. Best wishes, take care.

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  17. Looks really nice, rum and raisins sounds like the perfect combo...I really like the bindt pan, the shape of the cake is just so perfect here...My little son was all enthu to bake yesterday, and we made a chocolate cake without butter...will post it soon...

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  18. I love the cake, but I can't eat 'cuz of rum. Love the idea of low-fatness and raisins mmm...! Slurp!

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  19. Nice recipe dear....thanx for dropping in my blog....u have a lovely space with mouthwatering recipes..have a pleasant day!!!

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  20. Such a lovely cake dear. The low fat feature has really made my to think seriously about trying it out in my home very soon.

    deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  21. Looks very nice. I was looking for a good coffee cake recipe.

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  22. slurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp! droolworthy and yummy cake.

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  23. Wow ..looks so yummy, wonderful.

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  24. Those juicy raisins along with spects of vanilla beans are absolutely awesome.
    Great recipe ♥

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  25. Cake looks lovely and moist.So tasty and delicious too.

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  26. it's lookin yumm & sounds healthy!!

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  27. wooo what a beautiful crust u have got on outter layers...looks soo moist and soft..

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  28. you are an expert in making cakes, Parita! delicious cake..

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  29. Cake looks moist,nice texture too :).

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  30. nice clicks..looks super delicious..

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  31. beautiful and delicious cake great

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  32. You always make such beautiful cakes, Parita! I love the raisins in this one!

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  33. What a gorgeous cake! And lovely flavors with rum raisin!

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  34. New recipe to me ... but the cake looks marvelous.

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  35. Beautiful and lovely cake, looks temtping.

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  36. New combo in a cake.. sounds grt!!

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  37. Lovely texture and I love the little jewels inside!

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  38. Cakes you make are always perfectly done, looks really very delicious....

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  39. Cake looks soft and yummy.very elegant too.

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  40. cake is looking absolutely delicious...
    i wish... i was in place of V ... :)

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  41. Dear parita
    How are you? I missed this one somehow. Very nice low fat bake.
    I liked that rum soaked resins...I remember in my young days I used to soak lot of resins in Vodka, run or gin...and my friends used to devour them ha ha
    Have a nice day

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  42. Hi Parita!!! Therez an award waiting for u in my blog...come n collect it dear...

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  43. I've been meaning to try out the cocoa version. This looks delicious, gorgeous bundt!

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  44. Oh lovely cake the combo (rum and coffee) make me want to have a few pieces of your cake!!! tempting pics!!!

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  45. Wow...the cake looks fantastic!

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  46. Looks so very pretty. I love these kind of sweet fruity cakes for breakfast too, with my tea or coffee. beautiful golden raisins peekign from inside.

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  47. I tried this on my husbands birthday and it came out really nice. He loved it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  48. Hi,love the cake pics! Would like to bake an eggless version of this cake...how do i go about it?

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