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:).
Some other cakes posted before
On another note, I am making some picture collections on my facebook page.. Check out the Savory snacks and breakfast collection.
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.