Milk Cake (Eggless Dessert)

Perfect for the holidays and a one step dessert – can life really get better than this? Milk Cake is a recipe that is simple and easy and yet has the look that you’ve probably slaved over the dish for hours 😉 ! The combination of the raisins, dates and the cranberries and a great suprise element in the creamy milky flavor of the ricotta. Did we mention that it’s eggless? Thank you Payel Mukherjee for sharing this awesome and easy dessert. This one is a keeper for sure!

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 30-40 min
Serves: 8-10

Ricotta Cheese – 15oz / 425gm
Semolina/Suji – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Golden Raisins – 1 tbsp
Dried Cranberries – 1 tbsp
Cashews – 1 tbsp, broken


1. Pre-heat Oven to 450F / 230C.
2. Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl.
3. Mix and allow the Sugar to melt and combine.
4. Grease an oven-proof 6″X6″ pan.
5. Pour the mixture into the pan.
6. Place the pan in the pre-heated Oven in the middle of the oven and in the middle of the rack.
7. Bake for 30-40 minutes till the edges get a little brown color.
8. Take out of the oven and allow the Cake to rest for 15 minutes.
9. Flip the Cake out of the pan and cut into small pieces.
10. Serve warm.

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0 thoughts on “Milk Cake (Eggless Dessert)

  1. I tried this over Christmas. It looked good but we did not like the taste:( It did not taste like milk cake at all and texture was also very different. I missed the bhuna hua khoya wala taste we get in regular milk cakes.

    I guess we are too hooked on the milk cake we get from halwai shops in Delhi.

    1. Hi Arpana,
      Sorry you did not like the taste…and it is not supposed to taste like the milk cakes that we get in India. We are glad you tried it though…. 🙂

      1. Arrey, no problem at all. So far, whatever recipes I have tried, we liked most of them. Milk cake and the asparagus sabzi has been the only two items we did not LOVE. They were still okay though. Rest of the items came out AWESOME:)

        I actually feel very bad putting down any criticism – even if it is constructive. You both work so hard to get these recipes to us and it doesn’t seem fair to you girls. I wish this cake was not called the “milk-cake” – something me and my hubby adore. Our expectations would have been different then:)

        I am feeling so bad for putting my initial comment here:(

  2. Hi
    Hetal & Anuja
    first thanks for vgg dish,
    but I have same problam like nakatai ,I dont have ovan
    I have microovan so,
    please help me
    How I make this in microovan ,please please…….
    Thank u
    Replay me soon

  3. Oh my God cheesecake it is my fav. As i am from orissa usually people in orissa call this chenapoda. your chenapoda looks so similar to that. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Thanks Hetal & Anuja! You guys r amazing! Btw, I tried curry in a hurry today for lunch and it came out pretty good. Now I’m baking the milk cake to satisfy some sweet craving! Y’all are awesome! 🙂

  5. Hi Guys!

    This eggless cake is awesome.Today i made it and offered it to God.It is too good.Thank u for such a gud and easy recipe..By the way it took me 25 min to bake.

  6. Hi Hetal & Anuja,

    Happy New Year 2011!

    I have enjoyed alot of your recipes, just wanted to know if ricotta cheese is vegetarian i know your cakes says eggless just wanted to be double sure. Also can you’ll please post some jain recipes.

    Thank you


    1. Hi Sunita,

      Cheese is a very tricky subject for vegetarians. Many of the hard cheeses contain rennet, a natural enzyme found in the stomach lining of cows. However, we believe that the process to make ricotta cheese is similar to paneer and therefore does not require this enzyme. You would have to check with the manufacturer of the brand to be exactly certain.

    1. Hi Sunil,

      Thanks so much for the feedback. We’re so glad you and your parents enjoyed the milk cake. They probably won’t worry about you as much if they know that you can feed yourself :).

  7. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Love this recipe. But can we make this recipe with cream cheese because I have cream cheese sitting around but don’t have ricotta cheese right now, and I want to make something out of these cream cheese. So, please please please reply me soon!

    1. Hi Mili,

      You cannot use cream cheese in this particular recipe. However, we have several recipes that use cream cheese (Stuffed Jalapenos, Saffron Mango Mousse (Shrikhand), Pizza Dip).

  8. I think recipes like these are & will always be a hit as it is very simple &easy to make, you cam always try to be alittle bit more daring & add other herbs, the Mexican VEET cheese you get in USA would really lift the taste .
    I do hope there would be more new easy recipes in the near future on your site. Happy New Year to both your families.

  9. Hi Ladies,

    I just had to try this recipe! I mixed half the batter with saffron and half with cardamom and baked it side by side in the same dish. I did put nuts in it but no raisins or cranberries.
    My cake tasted like a rich milky “Satyanarayan no shiro”! Is this how it is supposed to taste? I could feel the texture of the suji. The sweetness was just right for me.
    I love all your recipes. Thanks!

  10. Dear Hetal and Anuja,

    Thanks for this wonderful and easy recipe. I was wondering if i can bake this same amount of ingredients in our normal bread baking pan(one we use for baking banana nut bread).


    1. Hi Nidhi,

      This cake is meant to be on the flatter side. Though we have not tried baking it in a bread loaf pan, we fear that the baking time and texture will be quite different.

    1. Hi Neeta,

      This was a viewer submitted recipe so we followed it exactly. We are not sure how fresh coconut will react as far as letting water go while cooking so you may want to consider dried coconut flakes or powder.

    1. Hi Radhai,

      Take a cooker, add 6-8 cups of Sand n spread it evenly… now swith on the flame for high for 10 mins..
      now place the cake mixture pan on the sand. cover the cooker lid.. make sure the weight (whistle) & gasket (rubber ring) is removed from the lid… n cook on medium flame. (time i dont know) i can say, u can remove the lid n see in between the edges r brown (or) insert a tooth pick stick n take out so dat it comes clean…


  11. Hii Hetal & Anuja didi,
    Thank u thank u thank u thank u sooooooo much for uploading my recipe and sorry about the delayed
    response..thanks again..

  12. Peyal Mukherjee, your recipe is great. Something different & interesting is always so appealing. Come on girl lets have some more.

  13. This is a beautiful recipe, but did you know that the same thing can be made with adding chive & salt & grated cheese instead of sugar + nuts ,you get away with it & call it vegetraian KISH..This kish is really nice as you can add things as you like. Do try earthlings & you will really be pleased with yourself !!!!!!

  14. Hi girls,

    Can you tell me what shall i make from cottage cheese, by mistake i purchased this and now have to use this!!!!!!

    So whatever veggie or sweet but vegetarian please suggest me.

    Thanks & regards,

  15. Hi Hetal and Anuja, I just made this cake and it has come out really well. Thanks to both of you!! Will send the pic of my cake very soon 🙂 Happy Holidays 🙂

  16. Hey thanks for the pure veg rec .
    some times I cant find few things here in Poland
    like i was watching one of ur dish video (I think it was jalebi)
    there was add corn starch that I cant find here :(.

    but thans for everything specially for pure veg rec :))


    1. Hi Radha,

      I checked on Google and came up with “skrobia kukurydziana”. That might be the literal translation but maybe it can get you a step closer 🙂

      1. Hello
        Hetal Di

        thank you very much 🙂

        I know the name but I cant find it here in the shop’s
        ,anyways I wont give-up so quick :))))
        I will check it again .
        thanks again soooo sooooooooo much
        love u

  17. Hi Anuja and Hetal,
    Lovely recipe. You’re going to make us all fat!!! haha..Thanks for all your incredible recipes. They have been invaluable to me and I’m sure to all of us. Have a great Christmas and New Year!

  18. Hi Anuja/Hetal,
    Thanks for showing the recipe. This desert is called chhena Poda and its a very popular and old sweet dish in Orissa. Oriya people prepare it regularly at home or restaurants.

    Generally we prefer to prepare the Ricotta Cheese (Chhenna) at home as that makes the Chhena Poda much better than the earlier.

    For more details:


  19. Hi Anuja /Hetal,
    I tried this recipe , it came out wonderful. I tried with fine semolina , baked for 25 mins, it came out really well.
    Thanks a lot for this recipe…

    1. Coconut will be awsome i have tried it with that, also for holidays i prefer pistachio and dry cranberry combo in dry fruit.

    2. Coconut tastes awesome i have tried it, also for holidays i add pistachio and dry cranberry combo in dry fruit.

  20. Hi,
    Hope all is well with you both. Both of you are doing great job. Can you please teach us some salad and soups recipies. thank you so much.
    Love you both. Happy holidays…

  21. Hey guys, I’m actually not in america, i live in australia and came upon your website in google a few years ago and havent stoped since but i was just wondering if you guys could make dabeli on the show .
    Thank You

  22. Hey guys,
    The recipe looks very nice… Can you tell which brand of ricotta cheese u used?
    Also tried ur vangibath recipe and it was delicious.


  23. Hi,
    Thank you very much for this recipe. I am going to make this for Xmas party that i am hosting.
    Thanks to u guys & also Payal for sharing this recipe.
    So if I want to submit a recipe to you guys,how do i do? Any e-mail would be appreciated.
    Wish you & your family a very Happy Christmas & Happy Holidays….

    Ho Ho Ho…

  24. thanx for egg less receipe. i m pure vegetarian and this is sure for us. thanx. i have suji but not mention on the packet that its coarse. iwant to know that fine suji is like flour.

    1. have u tried at hypercity, goregaon, Khushboo? they have most amazing cheese chances are that they might have it, on my next india trip which is due soon will find out n post here…

    2. you can use home made paneer (don’t squeeze out too much whey though), in fact the original dish from Oria region of assam (Chenna Podha) is calling for homemade fresh chenna (Paneer) only.

  25. Hey its wonderful eggless can we make cottage cheese at it the same paneer we make from milk using curd or lemon juice ??

    1. Hi Dishi,

      The process for making ricotta cheese (btw – different from the store bought cottage cheese) is similar to paneer but somehow, the store bought ricotta cheese texture is slightly different and softer than paneer.

      1. Are you kidding me about the nutritional facts? I am a nutritionist and you need sit and calculate every ingredient. They are doing a good job.Please don’t ask them to go out of their way and add jut. facts.You can calculate it yourself

  26. Yayyy..I am the first one to comment..Real neat recipe..wanna try for sure..You guys really do a good job..happy holidays to both of you. Also, do you have any recipe for Goat meat..?? Thanks.

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