Posted on: September 23, 2021 Posted by: Joven Comments: 0

Tutti frutti cake is a popular variety of Indian cake made with flour, tutti frutti (candied papaya), sugar and flavorings. This cake can be made both with eggs and without eggs. I share an eggless tutti frutti cake recipe that has a soft, light and moist crumb. The recipe is also easy and even newbies in baking can make this cake easily.

eggless tutti frutti cake placed on a white plate

About Tutti Frutti Cake

This is a delightful cake with tutti frutti being one of the star ingredient. Of course there is the cake but without tutti frutti it will be a simple vanilla cake. The tutti frutti brings in some chewy bites and sweet pops of flavor in the cake.

To make this tutti frutti cake, I have adapted my recipe of Vanilla Cake . I have been making this tutti frutti cake for many years now. In this recipe, I have used fresh homemade curd (yogurt) as an egg replacement.

I also add some acidity to the batter with apple cider vinegar (can swap with lemon juice or white vinegar) – which when combined with baking soda, helps the batter to aerate and makes for a soft fluffier cake.

Earlier when making the cake, I used to add ½ cup oil or melted butter in the recipe, but later I started reducing the amount of oil. I felt that with even with ¼ cup oil or melted butter the cake gets a lovely light crumb and is moist.

You can use both melted butter or oil in the recipe. I have made the cake with both oil and butter on various occasions. Both give good results in the cake. If using oil, then use a neutral flavored and neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil.

What is Tutti Frutti

Tutti frutti are basically candied papaya with various colors. They are made from green unripe papaya. Making homemade tutti frutti is an extensive process.

While you can make them at home, but if you live in India you can also buy them easily from grocery stores and online. If you live in US, then you can find them in Indian grocery stores and online as well.

Tutti frutti is one ingredient that I use, which has artificial colors. I don’t have the time and energy to make these candied raw papaya pieces at home. So I buy from outside when I have to add them in recipes. A few recipes where you can add them are these:

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Sift Dry Ingredients

1: Take a sieve. Keep a mixing bowl below the sieve. In the sieve add 1.5 cups all purpose flour – about 187 to 190 grams all purpose flour.

all purpose flour in a sieve

2. Then add 1 pinch salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1 teaspoon baking powder.

If you do not have cinnamon powder, then you can skip it. Alternatively you can add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.

flavorings added to flour

3. Sift all the dry ingredients.

Sift all the dry ingredients

4. Now add ½ cup tutti frutti.

tutti frutti added to flour

5. With a spoon or spatula, just mix the tutti frutti with the sifted flour so that they get coated with the flour. Keep aside.

mixing  tutti frutti with flour

6. Grease a loaf pan measuring 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches with butter and oil and set aside. You can even line the pan with butter paper or parchment paper. Also preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

A round cake pan having 7 to 8 inches diameter also works well.

greasing loaf pan

Mix Sugar with Liquids

7. In a bowl take ¾ cup sugar (160 grams sugar).

sugar in a pan

8. Add ½ cup water.

adding water to sugar

9. Begin to mix the sugar with water with a whisk or spoon.

mixing sugar in water

10. The entire sugar should dissolve before starting with the next step.

sugar dissolved water

11. After all of the sugar has dissolved, add ¼ cup melted butter or oil. You can melt butter in a small pan or bowl and keep it ready.

Use unsalted butter. But if you have salted butter then skip adding the salt when sifting the flour.

add butter to sugar dissolved water

12. With a whisk stir briskly for 2 to 3 minutes so that the melted butter mixes with water evenly.

mixing butter with water

13. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or scrape half of a vanilla bean and add the tiny seeds in the solution. Here I have used vanilla bean. Mix again well. Keep this sugar solution aside.

vanilla extract added

Make Curd (Yogurt) Mixture

14. In another bowl take 3 tablespoons fresh curd or yogurt. Ensure that the curd is not sour.

curd in a bowl


15. Add 1 tablespoon water.

water added to curd

16. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. I have used apple cider vinegar. You can also use 1 tablespoon lemon juice instead of vinegar.

vinegar added

17. Stir and mix very well with a spoon or small wired whisk.

whisking curd

18. Now add ½ teaspoon baking soda.

baking soda added to whisked curd

19. Stir and mix again very well.

mixing baking soda in curd

20. You will see the solution frothing and bubbling.

curd solution frothing and bubbling

Make Tutti Frutti Cake Batter

21. Quickly add the prepared sugar solution to the dry sifted flour mixture.

sugar solution added to flour

22. Immediately, add the bubbling curd solution also to the flour mixture in the bowl.

curd mixture added to flour

23. Be quick and begin to mix gently to a smooth batter with a wired whisk. Mix with light pressure from your hands on the whisk.

mixing the flour with curd and sugar solution

24. Do not overdo the mixing. You can even fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Tiny lumps are fine in the batter.

cake batter

25. Pour the batter in the greased or lined cake pan.

batter added to cake pan

26. Gently tap the cake pan on the kitchen table top once or twice.

batter in cake pan

Bake Tutti Frutti Cake

27. Place the cake pan in the oven.

cake pan with batter placed in oven

28. Bake the cake at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit in a preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or more or less if required.

Baking time will vary depending on the temperature conditions in the oven and the size of the oven. Remember not to open the oven door until the cake is 3/4 baked. Opening the door many times will cause your cake to sink in the center.

baked tutti frutti cake

29. Check with a bamboo skewer or fork and it should come out clean. If the cake is baked well then the bamboo skewer will have a few crumbs on it and no sticky cake batter.

If the cake is under baked then keep back in the oven and bake for some more minutes.

checking doneness of tutti frutti cake

30. Place the pan on a rack to cool down.

tutti frutti cake placed on a rack

31. When the cake has completely cooled at room temperature, then using a butter knife loosen the edges of the cake. Invert the pan on a chopping board. Gently tap the bottom of the cake pan and remove the tutti frutti cake.

tutti frutti cake on a wooden board


32. Slice the cake.

slicing tutti frutti cake

32. Serve tutti frutti cake slices as it is or with some milk or tea or coffee. Remaining cake slices or loaf can be refrigerated in an airtight container and lightly warmed before serving.

eggless tutti frutti cake placed on a white plate


If you are looking for more Eggless cakes then do check:

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Tutti frutti cake is a popular variety of Indian cake made with flour, tutti frutti (candied papaya), sugar and flavorings. This recipe is an eggless tutti frutti cake having a soft and light crumb.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 35 mins

Total Time 50 mins



Servings 14 tutti frutti cake slices from 1 loaf

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This Tutti Frutti Cake post from the archives (December 2013) has been republished and updated on 23 September 2021.

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