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Ragi Chocolate Cake with chocolate ganache – A decadent treat to celebrate….

Ragi chocolate cake was made for
the husband’s birthday ! As with every happy occasion, t demands a celebration & a healthy one at that. Knowing his preference for non-maida / refined
products I referenced Padhu’s recipe
which had a decadent looking cake with ragi (finger Millet) & wholewheat .. 


I even substituted sugar with jaggery and it was a hit ! Guess it couldn’t get any
healthier than this for the special day. This is my go-to cake for any
celebration and every time people have been stunned when i told them it had a
finger Millet base. So go on, and make it a healthy celebration with this
luscious looking and very tasty chocolate cake.


Baking Marathon Day 18 : Ragi Chocolate Cake

Recipe type : Cakes 

Course: Dessert / Snack

Serves : 6

Prep time– 15 mins | bake time
30-32 mins | Standing time : 1 hour (to set the cake for frosting) 

Makes :  one 7 inch cake 

What you would need:

  • Ragi flour (finger millet flour) –
    ¾ cup
  • Wholewheat flour – ¾ cup
  • Powdered jaggery – 3/4 cup
  • Baking Soda – ¾ tsp
  • Cocoa powder – 3 TBSP ( I used
    dutch processed)
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Yoghurt – ¾ cup
  • Milk – approx. ¼ cup (I actually
    used about 1/3 cup)
  • flavourless oil – ¼ cup (I used
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Chopped nuts – ¼ cup (optional)

Topping / Chocolate Sauce

  • Milk-1 cup 
  • Cocoa powder-4 tbsp 
  • Instant coffee powder – ½ tsp
  • Sugar –2 TBSP
  • Butter – 2 TBSP
  • Oil – 2 tsp


How to:

  1. Sieve the flours, baking soda ,
    cocoa powder. In another bowl, mix powdered jaggery and curd well. Add Milk,
    oil, essence and mix well. Let both the mixtures be lump free.
  2. Add the sieved flour mixture into
    the liquid little by little, without beating a lot, gently fold to a smooth
    batter free of any lumps. If adding nuts, roll them in a tsp of flour and mix
  3. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 C.
    Pour this into a greased 7 inch round pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-32
    mins (original recipe used 45 mins but my oven heats up pretty fast, so it was
    done in 32 mins flat).
  4. Let the cake cool completely, then
    invert to a cooling rack and let it cool till your frosting / sauce is ready.
    Chill the cake for 1 hour with a cling wrap on.

For the frosting :

  1. In a pan, mix all ingredients for
    the sauce till lump free. Once it starts boiling, reduce it to simmer and let
    it reach a sauce like consistency. Let this also cool down to room temperature. 
  2. Slowly spoon the sauce over the cake and let it drip down on all sides (My kids
    were very impatient and didn’t let the cake cool completely, but we licked off
    the dripping frosting off the cakeJ)
  3. Top with any sugar pearls and



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  1. MySpicyKitchen

    Ragi, whole wheat and jaggery; a cake can't get healthier than this. Cake is moist and looks yummy. Sugar pearl decoration on the cake lovely.

  2. what a list of healthy ingredients in this cake… I am bookmarking this to try!!! looks stunning..

  3. Varada's Kitchen

    Cake looks fabulous. Great for special occasions.

  4. Suma Gandlur

    The cake looks amazing and love the simple sugar pearl decoration.

  5. I've been planning to use ragi flour in chocolate based bakes, but didn't get a chance till now. You are tempting me try it out real soon. Love the chocolate ganache on top and the cake looks so moist and yummy!! Belated b'day wishes to your husband 🙂

  6. vaishali sabnani

    Healthy cakes can be hit too.. It looks lovely and a belated happy birthday to your hubby.

  7. What a healthy cake you got there kalyani..very nicely baked!

  8. Nalini's Kitchen

    Cake with ragi flour and jaggery sounds so inviting and innovative..this is one such healthy cake.

  9. Priya Suresh

    Wat a fabulous cake Kalyani.. Such a healthy and nutritious cake to enjoy without any guilt, belated birthday wishes to ur better half.

  10. healthy option. Addition of raagi is very interesting. Nice deco. Hope the celebration was great

  11. Saraswathi Ganeshan

    Choclate is my weekness and this looks more invitng and I bet chocolate would have tasted best with ragi!! yumm

  12. Gayathri Kumar

    This doesn't look like a ragi cake. Looks super soft and moist and absolutely gorgeous…

  13. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    Lovely cake kalyani, with the ganache it definitely looks gorgeous!!!

  14. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    You would have to specify that this cake has ragi in it! Looks so moist 🙂

  15. Hi Kalyani.

    The recipe looks great and photos look heavenly. I would like to try this out. Please can you tell me how does the cup convert into grams.
    Everytime I see a recipe in 'cups' I am not sure how the conversion from cup to grams happens.


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