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Lemony Cornmeal Eggless Cake

4 January 2011 74 Comments

Cornmeal egg less cake

Cornmeal is a staple food in many parts of Rajasthan in India and is adapted in many forms of delectable meals. Cornmeal chapattis or Makki Ki Roti as called in Hindi, a crisp and delicious Indian flat bread is an integral part of daily bread in may houses. Cornmeal Porridge, desserts and even sweets are made with cornmeal as the main ingredient.

I remember mom making savory cakes with cornmeal which we used to savor with a spicy veggie curry.  In this Lemony Cornmeal eggless cake I added a little sugar for a sweet bake. This cake is very light, easy to bake and is not too sweet.

Cornmeal egg less cake


  • 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal flour
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of powder sugar or jaggery
  • 2 tbsp of curd or yogurt
  • 3-4 tsp of milk
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup oil/olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda

Cornmeal egg less cake

Method: Preheat the oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes. Take a large vessel and add both the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and lemon zest into it. I used the yellow variety of cornmeal, for a slight yellow tint in my cake.

Take another vessel and add oil, yogurt, lemon juice and sugar into it. Mix it with a blender till it becomes light in texture.  Add the milk in the last if required.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Cornmeal egg less cake

Grease a round cake mold or a jelly mold with a little oil and line it with a butter paper. Pour the batter into it and bake it at 190°C for 25- 30 minutes or till done.

Cool the lemony cornmeal cake for 15-20 minutes and loosen the sides with a knife. Invert the cake on a flat plate, remove the butter paper and let it cool for another 5 minutes. Cut it into desired shapes.

Cornmeal egg less cake
This cake is extremely soft and moist in texture. Sprinkle powder sugar or any frosting of your choice

Cornmeal egg less cake


  1. You can avoid the sugar in the ingredients to make a perfect breakfast loaf. Slice the loaf smear a dollop of butter and enjoy it with a hot cup of tea in the morning.
  2. The savory version can be devoured with any spicy Indian curry such as Kadi, Dal or soup.
  3. Add grated carrots, cabbage and herbs in the savory version to make a healthy breakfast bread.
  4. Orange juice can be replaced with the lemon juice in it for another citrus flavor bake.


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  • Premalatha Aravindhan said:

    Wow mouthwatering here,luks really tempting…

  • Sharmilee said:

    Wow looks very tempting

  • Jyoti said:

    Love the texture! Innovative use of corn meal!

  • Priya said:

    Fabulous and gorgeous cake, feel like having some rite now..

  • santosh said:


  • girlichef said:

    Oh, it looks so light and fluffy…and absolutely delicious!

  • claudia lamascolo said:

    This sounds and looks like it will go great with a nice curry chili dish. I love it! Almost like a cornbread cake…sweet! Thanks will have to try this out!

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake said:

    These look great, I would really love to eat this at any time of day, not just breakfast!

  • Faith said:

    What a delicious cake with a nice moist crumb! I love the flavor of lemon in there too!

  • Aipi said:

    So light n fluffy..love it!

    US Masala

  • Kairali sisters said:

    wow..sounds super yumm and looks at it so moist and perfect…

  • Deepa said:

    Looks so delicious and yummy. So soft. Awesome.

  • Treat and Trick said:

    Excellent recipe and looks delicious! You have made it lighter by using olive oil and everyone can munch on this without guilt…

  • rama said:

    Do you have eggless brownies recipe.
    I made your Garlic scones it came out pretty well.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Rama, yes it is ready in my draft, I made eggless Brownies for the Blogger meet in Dec 2010, and were liked by all. Shall post it soon.

  • chaitrali said:

    cake looks superb and use of cornmeal is very innovative…loved it

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow looks delicious cornmeal cake.
    Happy new year to you and your family.

  • Pavani said:

    wow.. cake with cornmeal.. looks golden and delicious. yumm..

  • Namitha said:

    Wonderful…loving the texture of it…Happy New year !!

  • Suja Sugathan said:

    Looks superb..beautiful texture.

  • Swathi said:

    Looks delicious. Love it.

  • Pushpa said:

    Moist and mouthwatering cake,looks gorgeous.

  • anh said:

    the cake surely looks very tasty 🙂

  • Roxan said:

    Yum, this sounds like a lemony cornbread. Delicious! I would love to try this… love that yogurt is used, it must make it so moist.

  • Peggy said:

    This cake is definitely making my mouth water! Sounds absolutely delicious!

  • nishi said:

    The cake looks marvellous sanjeeta. Just yummy 🙂

  • Nandini said:

    The cake looks very tasty n appetizing.

  • Joyti said:

    Hmmm, that cake sounds delicious. And the eggless-ness is great.

  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    First of all, best wishes for a happy, joyful, prosperous and “delicious” New Year! Wishing you all the best!
    This cornmeal cake sounds fantastic! I love using cornmeal, for the lovely colour it gives and the lightness of gluten-free stuff! Bookmarked!

  • sweetlife said:

    a perfeclty light cake, eggles brownies also, can’t wait!!


  • Priya Sreeram said:

    loved it ! delicious and very very enticing !!

  • peachkins said:

    pretty and delish!

  • Angie's Recipes said:

    The cake looks so moist even without eggs!

  • Kothiyavunu said:

    Oh that looks nice & sounds great!!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    I love lemony everything! Sounds great!

  • Krishnaveni said:

    looks so soft and delicious, like the lemony flavour, yumm

  • Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said:

    I’m a huge fan of cornmeal-stuff, can I move to your house? 🙂
    The texture is absolutely sublime!

    Have the Best 2011!


  • Joanne said:

    I ADORE cornbread and this looks like one fabulously moist delicious cake!

  • Adelina said:

    love it, since it comes out so timely- I am entertaining on Saturday and to be on the safe side, decided to go with something eggless- your recipe really spiced up my interest- thanks!

  • nags said:

    i bought some cornmeal recently to make exactly this!

  • Apu said:

    Delicious!! Love citrus bakes!!

  • Lavi said:

    Cormeal cake can be eaten without any guilt. Baking healthy stuffs, is a great work!

    will try my max, to send my entry, to your whole wheat breakfast event.

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    Another beautiful eggless creation from you. This lemony cake sounds delightful!

  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    I admire the fact that you always come up with such a healthy recipes….the texture is just so awesome 🙂

  • Reeni said:

    A lemony cornbread sounds like such a scrumptious treat! I would love to try it sprinkled with a little confectioners’ sugar.

  • MaryMoh said:

    Lovely cakes…looks moist and delicious. I love the lemony smell. It’s amazing that there is egg in it.

  • El said:

    Looks tasty. I love the addition of lemon.

  • Radhika said:

    Love those clicks. looks tasty and mouthwatering

  • 5 Star Foodie said:

    This cake looks terrific, i love the crumbly texture!

  • Mary said:

    This looks scrumptious. I love the lemon twist you’ve added to the recipe. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Satya said:

    Pictures are so tempting… lovely..

  • Joanne said:

    Very good looking recipe. I have some cornmeal just itching to be used up. This is a perfect way for me to use it and enjoy the results. Great recipe.

  • Kathy Gori said:

    This looks great Sanjeeta! I love cakes that can be for dessert or for breakfast, this really fills the bill. Beautiful as always.

  • Jamie said:

    Funny because I was just looking for recipes using cornmeal and cornflour! And I just love anything lemon so this is perfect!

    A very Happy New Year to you, dear! xo

  • sayantani said:

    I love the savory idea. thats looks real soft and fluffy. let me find it in the grocer’s.

  • Dimah said:

    Looks very tempting!

  • veena said:

    This is def on my menu today.

    Sanjeets an award for you. Please do collect it:-)


  • Priscilla - She's Cookin' said:

    Did not know that cornmeal is a staple food in India! I grew up in the southern US where cornbread is practically its own food group. This cake looks so moist and delicious and I love the addition of lemon.

  • kalyani said:

    Nice ,unusual and nutritious ingredients….I will defenitely try this.Thank u.

  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    I do not like lemon in desserts but the idea of cornmeal and eggless is so so yummy.Love the fluffy texture of cake,

  • Magic of Spice said:

    Wow that looks amazing, and I like the idea of using it as a breakfast loaf with just butter 🙂

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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    Fantastic! I love cornmeal cakes, but have never tried an eggless one. I’m so curious…

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…the formula you use to make this eggless treat must be perfect because those photos divulge a very moist and appetizing cake…yum!!!

    Flavourful wishes,

  • Smitha said:

    Hi Sanjeeta…lovely cake….looks yum and delish!…
    thanx for leaving comments on my blog…keep visiting!

  • Cham said:

    I love the texture of ur cake, probably the cornmeal does it! Lovely recipe!

  • Juliana said:

    Wow, this cake looks so light and fluffy, lovely! Cannot resist dessert with lemon 🙂

  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said:

    Looks delicious and very interesting recipe. Bookmarked to try soon! Thanks for sharing.

  • love2cook said:

    An ultimate tempting cake!!! Am drooling…;)

  • elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds said:

    Sanjeeta-Your cake is so super moist, and beautiful, and with the additional of the yogurt, the cornmeal,and cornmeal flour…wow! I cannot get over this cake. I bookmarked it to save, copy and print out. I retweet it it also!

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    Sanjeeta thanks for your interest in Arusuvai. please mail me at
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  • Sangita said:

    I’d been drooling over these pics for a long time. Finally tried it a couple of days ago and it came out just great! It got over in minutes! Thank you so much. I love your site and the pics.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sangita, Thanks a lot for your sweet words, and am happy that your family liked your bakes. Happy cooking!

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