Almond Oat cake with Candied papaya. vegan

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Mom got us some colored candied papaya(tutti-frutti as it is called in India) last year when she visited, and I made this cake for Dad's birthday then. He fell in love with it and I made it twice more for him and also packed some for his flight! I keep making it with different nuts every few weeks, and soon I will run out of my candied papaya stash. Dad likes crumbly, not too eggy cakes, with sweet dried or candied fruit and both mom and dad were surprised by this moist and melt in your mouth cake, without any eggs or butter! It is always fun to debunk the age old myths about perfect recipes:).
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You can use the non colored candied fruit mix(I think it is called hawaiian mix) which has candied papaya, mango and pineapple for the cake too. Or you can make your own candied fruit like Candied beet here.

Mom and Dad have also decided to stop eating Parle-G(its a cookie/biscuit, which is omnipresent in almost all houses in India.. marketing 101!). They got some with them when they were visiting and chewie would get a tiny piece very morning and evening during their tea time.. and he started shedding bunches of hair! now if that doesnt tell you what processed stuff is in that never expiring cookie..:)

1/3 cup almonds, ground (can be substituted with cashews)
1/4 cup oats, ground
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup self rising flour Or all purpose flour +1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3-1/2 cup candied papaya(sweet preference)
1/4 cup raw sugar( the cake itself is mildly sweet since the candied fruit is very sweet)
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon flax meal
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil
2 Tablespoons organic canola oil
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

In a bowl, add 1/2 cup warm water, flax, oils, vinegar, spices and sugar and whisk for a minute till sugar is well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Whisk all dry flours, nut flour, baking powder in another bowl.
Add the dry ingredients and candied papaya in the wet mix. Mix till just about combined.
Pour batter in two 4 inch inch ramekins or one 7 or 8 inch round, greased or lined with parchment.
Bake in preheated 360 degrees F for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick from the center comes out clean.(Smaller ramekins will bake quicker)
Cool on rack for 15 minutes before slicing.


  1. This cake sounds pretty wonderful. I have a bag of crystalized ginger around that might be perfect for this.

  2. A lovely recipe. Great for the evening tea

  3. This recipe is so good...Mouthwatering Dear..


  4. looks delicious and wonderful clicks .......

  5. each time i come here i learn something new.
    ok now seriously? parle-g causes hair fall? i just bought this huge 15-pack at new years. damn.
    i don't understand what to eat anymore. kurkure was rumored (?) to have plastic, and now this one .....
    should i feed the pack to the ducks or what ........but oh, if their hair falls they'll start feeling cold in the water :P

  6. delicious looking cake and presenation

  7. it looks so healthy and delicious! the candied papaya sounds like a pretty good ingredient on this cake

  8. Very healthy & delicious,,,,,,,yumoooooo

  9. Thanks Shannon, yes, try it with lots of candied ginger!

    Thanks Priyanka, Premalatha,Aarthi and Kalyani.

    thanks Nish, haha, the ingredients have some unpronunciable things and they never expire! food should always go bad:). you can put them in compost or something.

  10. Thanks Torview.

    thank you beti. it sure is!

    Thanks Alpnana

  11. What a beautiful and healthy cake!!!

  12. Oh wow! I had no idea tutti frutti was candied papaya!! Can I substitute regular whole wheat flour for pastry flour? I must try this, looks yummy!

  13. I am a big fan of almond flour, so yes I love this recipe!!! I have never had candied papaya, but I can only imagine it is amazing! Your cake looks full of happiness all inside, like a healthy fruit cake:-)Hugs, Terra

  14. Ooooh tutti-frutti, yummy!! I enjoy eating them plain too. :)

    The texture of your cake looks so delicious and crumbly in that first image.

    Great news about your parents banning Parle G! Poor Chewie sacrificing his hair for the greater good. LOL But I know how happy you must be feeling. My parents turned Vegan in November and it's such a good feeling to know that you've played a part in protecting them from terrible, unhealthy stuff. :)

  15. i dint know tuti fruti was papaya! thanks for that bit of info hehe :D this cake luks lovely, no wonder ur dad loved it

  16. Cake looks so soft n spongy.Nice clicks n well presented too....

  17. Thanks Asmita,

    Thanks Kamini. Yes try it. just mix lightly till combined.

    Thanks Terra!

    Thanks Susmitha! Yay for your parents going Vegan! It sure does feel great.. everytime mom calls me tells me she tried one my recipes and she will stick to it, hence reducing the non vegan food, it feels amazing!
    chewie is fine, back to his normal hair after 2 weeks of healthy food!

  18. Thank you Deeps!

    Thanks Hemlata!

  19. This bread looks wonderful! I love the idea of incorporating candied papaya in a bread. Thanks for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  20. Lovely recipe and the cake looks awesome. Love the texture!

  21. What a lovely recipe - I can just imagine how delicious it is with a cup of tea! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  22. Abhinav's Reaction to the Parle-G incident: ... haan ParleG bahut achchi cheez hai. Issey ye pata chalta hai ki kuttone ko suit nahin karta hai.


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