Eggless Whole Wheat Flour (Atta) Cake (vegan option too)

Hawaiian cake for a luau (Hawaiian party) – does it ring a bell? What idea comes to your mind?

So in the current zoom party mode we all are in, we had a luau party to attend to and decided to surprise the birthday girl with a Hawaiian-styled cake that we imagined. Beachy feels, colorful looks and fruity addition and oh-all the floral and cocktail addition there!

So we created a two-tier whole wheat flour cake – lower tier being red in colour and upper one as colourful marble cake. Yes you read it right – No maida but only whole wheat flour and NO butter, only oil..Sounds like a healthy cake? Like the one you’d want to have with your cuppa or tea? This has to become your go-to cake. The idea of using wheat flour in it was an experiment we had a fair bit of confidence in and trust us those who have tried this wheat flour (atta) cake have said the texture was much better, softness was similar and overall it was light to eat compared to their usual maida/baking flour cakes.

Did we tell you this is a super quick recipe and even kids can make it with minimal supervision (yes we did a live online kiddo workshop baking their own cakes with this recipe)?


  • 1 cup plain wheat flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder*
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (coconut milk for vegan)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt



  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 10 minutes
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Add milk, oil and chocolate chip and mix well
  4. Grease the baking pan with oil, sprinkle the flour all around and pour the batter and tap the container to ensure batter is evenly spread
  5. Bake the cake for 15-20 minutes or unless it is well baked
  6. Take out the cake once it cools down

Points to remember:

  • To ensure the cake is cooked well, put a skewer in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, it is well cooked
  • For this cake, we did not add cocoa powder as we wanted to make it colourful. To create the lower layer of this Hawaiian themed cake, we have used red colour to the above recipe. You can also make red velvet cake as lower layer if you like
  • Place the red cake as the bottom layer and put the other cake on top
  • To get the colours like ours in the upper layer, divide the batter into two and add green and blue food colour in each portion. Pour blue coloured batter first in the baking pan and slowly put green coloured batter – using the skewer swirl the batter from bottom to top to get the colorful spiral pattern and then put it for baking
  • To bind both the layers of the cake, we have used cream frosting

Cream frosting:


  • Fresh cream (cold)
  • Castor sugar


Beat the cream and sugar using a whisker for 10-15 minutes until peaks are formed. Let it freeze for 10 minutes and the frosting is ready to be used.


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