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Mahendri Raidoo

Delicious Eggless Yogurt Fruit Cake

The recipe for this delicious fruitcake comes from my friend, Mahendri Raidoo, formerly from Durban, South African now living in the USA. Both she and her husband are psychiatrists.

Mahendri is blessed with talents in many areas of her life, including classical singing, dancing and of course, cooking. Her delicious fruitcake is very popular and enjoyed by all. For another delicious Indian dessert recipe by Mahendri check Delicious Channa Magaj

Here is Mahendri's recipe for Eggless Fruitcake made with Yogurt


  1. 500g/2 stick/8oz. soft butter
  2. 1¼ cups brown sugar. Set aside ¼cup for topping
  3. 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  4. 2 cups all purpose flour
  5. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda/baking soda
  6. ¼ tsp. salt
  7. 1-2 cups rasins, sultanas, cherries or fruit cake mix
  8. 1 cup plain yogurt
  9. ½ cup chopped walnuts
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  11. ¼-½ cup apple sauce (optional)


  • Mix flours with baking soda & salt, then sift
  • Rub in the butter until flour resembles breadcrumbs. Add in the sugar and blend together to get a crumbly texture
  • Keep aside ¼ cup of this mix
  • Add remaining ingredients to the rest of the mixture
  • Note: The apple sauce is optional. Use it if you find your mix needs more moisture, a little at a time
  • Mix thoroughly and place in a rectangular or round baking pan
  • Now sprinkle the ¼cup of flour/sugar mix on top of the cake mix in pan
  • Bake at 325°F for 45-60 minutes
  • Test with a skewer to ensure it comes clean.
  • Remove from oven. Cover with a clean dishcloth. When cool, slice and enjoy
 Slices of Delicious Fruitcake

Slices of Fruit Cake

 The large fruit cake with some slices as well

Large fruit Cake with slices

Delicious Round Fruitcake, ready to be sliced

Delicious Fruit Cake

The Cake Batter Being Mixed

The Cake Batter Being Mixed

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Despite long work days, the Raidoo's cook their own meals and often entertain family and friends. Their children, Shandini and Renugan will graduate from college this summer. The family have a lot to celebrate as Shandini will begin her medical residency in Cleveland, Ohio, later in the summer.

Renugan will graduate with a bachelors degree in chemistry and anthropology. He also has the honor of being a Rhodes Scholars for 2011. He begins his studies at Oxford, England in the fall. After getting his degree at Oxford, Renugan plans to get both an M.D. and Ph.D. in chemistry, with the ultimate goal being to help those in third world countries deal with complex medical issues. His simplicity and his achievements are marvelous and we are all very proud of him.

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