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Eggless ragi chocolate cake| millet recipes

by Jeyashri suresh

ragi chocolate cake with nutella glaze

Making a cake with millet flour is the one I always love. I have already baked a thinai cake and the recipe of which is in my recent cookbook. I wanted to make a cupcake with ragi|finger millet flour. Finally, i made this vegan ragi chocolate cake and it was a super hit among kids. The recipe was slightly adapted from here. I packed this for their snacks and they really enjoyed it very much. I just topped the cake with a Nutella glaze. Since I had 1 tbsp of Nutella lying in the box, after trying a sandwich with Nutella (recipe coming soon). I felt very satisfied with giving a home-baked millet cake for kids to school.  Even if you do not have an oven, you can try the same cake in a pressure cooker too. Check out my pressure cooker cake for more details and instructions.

Ragi chocolate cake
Ragi chocolate cake

  Preparation Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 35 Mins |Serves: 16 square pieces

     Ragi flour   1 cup
     Whole wheat flour   1/2 cup
     Sugar    1/2 cup
     Cocoa powder  1/4 cup
     Baking soda   1/2 tsp
     Oil      5 tblsp
     Lemon juice   1 tblsp
    Vanilla essence     1 tsp
    Water    1 and 1/4 cup         
   For nutella glaze
   Nutella   1 tblsp
   Butter   1 tsp
   Milk    2 tblsp

ragi chocolate cake

  • In a wide bowl, sift the ragi flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
  • Powder the sugar and in a bowl add the sugar, oil, lemon juice, vanilla essence, and water.

ragi flour

  • Now slowly mix the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients together and whisk it gently without any lumps.

cake - batter

  • Grease a cake tin with oil and dust it with little flour.
  • Pour in the batter to this and genlty tap it to get rid of the air bubbles.


  • Bake this for 30 -35 minutes in an oven at 160 degrees. Insert a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then it is done. Mine took 30 minutes. Timing varies from oven to oven.
  • Allow this to cool completely. Cut them into squares after pouring the Nutella glaze.

ragi chocolate cake

  • To make the glaze, in a pan add Nutella, milk, and butter together.
  • Keep in a low flame and stir it. Let this get combined together. Once the butter is melted switch off the flame. It took 2-3 minutes for me to make this glaze.

nutella spread

  • when the cake is completely cool, pour the glaze over the cake and spread it evenly and gently with a butter knife.

nutella- glaze

  • Then cut this into squares.
ragi chocolate cake
  1. You can replace whole wheat flour with maida too.
  2. You can skip the nutella glaze and serve it plain also.
  3. The cake was a bit dense but was very tasty and kids friendly too.
  4. You can add finely chopped nuts while mixing the flour.
  5. Chocolate chips can also be added.

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Sasikala Sreedhar July 28, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Looking tempting and healthy dear
Will definitely try and update.

msg July 28, 2015 - 3:38 pm

A very innovative recipe.

msg July 28, 2015 - 3:39 pm

A very innovative recipe.

msg July 28, 2015 - 3:39 pm

A very innovative recipe.

Mamtha Dhulipala July 29, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Great recipe. Can you please post a recipe of ragi cookies if you have one
Thanks !

Mamtha Dhulipala July 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm

Great recipe. Can you please post a recipe of ragi cookies if you have one
Thanks !

Padma Nathan July 30, 2015 - 5:25 am

Hi jeyashri,
Following your blog and your recipes are awesome. Just a few corrections. When you say vegan that means you include no diary,meat,eggs and refined products such as sugar. Your above recipe calls for sugar. Can I replace sugar with vegan substitutes like honey or agave nectar or raw sugar like nattu sarkkarai

Appa Amma August 7, 2015 - 5:22 pm

@Padma Nathan – Many vegan ppl don't eat honey either. Also, honey should never be heated in any form(cooking, baking, etc). Using honey in baking is quite popular now(ppl think it is healthier than sugar). But heated honey is worst than sugar. It forms toxins and is totally unhealthy.You can substitute sugar with Jaggery or Sucanat (AKA SugarCaneNatural). Or use natural sweetness from pureed dates.

jeyashri suresh August 7, 2015 - 11:51 pm

Thanks padma, i missed replying your comment though i read it. Sorry about that. Thanks for the clarification on vegan.
@appa amma, Thank you so much on the inputs on honey. Very useful information and quite new to me too.

esther August 8, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Hi, tried ur ragi cake and it was a super hit among my friends.

Komal August 24, 2015 - 9:30 am

I would like to know if you made any changes in the recipe or made as it is ?

Vijayalakshmi August 13, 2015 - 9:10 am

I do not have oven. Can I bake it in Pressure Cooker?

Komal August 24, 2015 - 9:34 am

I was looking for a healthier option so I replaced oil with yoghurt, but the cake didn't turn out to be good , even after baking for an hour it tasted half cooked .

Suggestions appreciated!


Aparna Krishnan September 16, 2015 - 4:23 am

Thanks for the recipe. The cake turned out yummy and soft. I substituted water with cow's milk.

Supriya Sivanandhan June 13, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Cake looks absolutely delicious. Preheating the oven is not necessary?? Please Reply

jeyashri suresh June 30, 2016 - 2:43 am

Since my oven is small i generally do not preheat this much, but if needed can do it for 5 minutes at 160 degrees

Unknown August 4, 2016 - 8:02 am

Can this be made in a pressure cooker? If yes, how?

jeyashri suresh August 8, 2016 - 2:46 am

Yes you can make it pressure cooker. I have a pressure cake in my website, you can follow the same for this.

Durga Rasane-Kolapkar September 3, 2017 - 10:32 am

can you please specify what is the measure for 1 cup? Because if my cup is small, all other ingredients will be more in proportion and cake may not come out well..please revert..thank you

jeyashri suresh September 4, 2017 - 2:39 am

Thanks for the query, my 1 cup measures a liquid of 200 ml.

Geetha April 16, 2020 - 3:04 pm

Ni need to add baking powder?
Pls reply

Jeyashri suresh April 21, 2020 - 11:54 am

No need for this recipe

Hemalatha May 2, 2021 - 5:32 pm

Can I use cocoa powder instead of nutella please ?

Jeyashri suresh May 10, 2021 - 1:04 pm

Cocoa powder will not work for this glaze. You can use choco chips or milk chocolate


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