Tutti Frutti Cake

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(from 19 reviews)
Tutti Fruiti Pound Cake

If you are of Indian origin, I think you will feel the same way I feel about tutti frutti (it's candied peel for Americans). To me it brings back a lot of wonderful (sweet) memories of enjoying the summer vacation and special occasions with tutti frutti cake and ice cream.

One of my most favorite childhood eats was the milk cakes studded with these itsy bity pieces of tutti frutti. Long train journeys and short road trips where never complete without these cakes in our family. It was a tradition to buy a packet or two of these cakes while packing for the trip.

These cakes came in a lot of flavors, were soft, buttery and had a melt-in-your mouth texture. It tastes and feels more or less like a pound cake. Never did I think that I would be baking one of these tutti frutti cake myself.

I have been looking for these cakes in the Indian stores here for sometime now but couldn't find it. So I thought why not give it a try and bake an eggless tutti frutti cake at home. I searched for tutti frutti cake recipes in Google and it showed a lot of recipes from my fellow Indian bloggers.

After looking at a couple of recipes I decided to use this recipe as a base and mix in the tutti frutti and the result was stunning.

I already have an eggless pound cake recipe here, in which I have used silken tofu to replace the eggs and felt that the cake was quite dense.

I would have tried using part silken tofu and part yogurt like in this strawberry cream cake recipe which turned out perfect, but I didn't have silken tofu at home.

So I decided to use a combination of yogurt and homemade applesauce recipe. The tutti frutti cake did turn out well but I'm thinking that the silken tofu and yogurt combination will be more perfect. Can't wait to try that tutti frutti cake recipe one of these days.


Tutti Frutti Cake Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
25 Mins58 Mins + Cooling 15 Mins12 servings
Tutti Frutti Cake
5.0 from 19 reviews
A rich, buttery eggless tutti frutti cake which will definitely become one of your favorites. Have this recipe as a base to create a lot of variations by using different extracts, food colors and fruits.
  • 1 And 1/2 Cups Cake Flour
  • 1 And 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 13 Tablespoons Butter, Softened (See Note 1)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 And 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Tutti Frutti (Candied Peel)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Lightly butter a loaf pan (see My Note 2) and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Place the tutti frutti in a small bowl and mix in a tablespoon of flour (from the flour measured for the cake), separating the pieces sticking together. This prevents the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Whisk in the sugar.
  4. To this flour mixture add the butter and all the wet ingredients.
  5. Start blending the ingredients with an electric mixer at low speed and gradually increase the speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue beating the mixture for about 5-6 minutes. Now you can see that the mixture would have doubled because of the creaming of butter and sugar. Now mix in the tutti frutti pieces and combine it until its evenly distributed in the batter.
  6. Transfer the tutti fruiti cake batter to the prepared pan and smooth the batter out. Bake for about 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Mine was done in about 58 minutes. The cake also started browning on the sides after about 30 minutes. So I covered the pan with an aluminum foil around the 33rd minute and completed the baking.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Cool it for about 15 minutes and remove the cake from the pan and place it on the rack to cool completely. Leave it overnight before you can slice it. The more time you give it the easier it is to slice. I got very neat slices the following afternoon.
  1. I knew that this tutti frutti cake was a winner as soon as it came out of the oven. It had the perfect color, looked absolutely perfect, fantastic aroma and had a crumb-y outer layer. I coudln't wait to slice it and taste the cake. So I was hasty as always and started slicing the cake within an hour or so and what do you think would have happened? Of course I did not get neat slices, it was all crumbly. But guess what, the taste was lip-smacking delicious. It was totally worth slicing the cake. I couldn't resist and cut a few more slices for all of us to taste and it got thumbs-up from everybody. My mother-in-law felt that maybe I could have reduced the sugar a little bit. I also thought the same but after tasting it once again the next day, I concluded that it was just fine. If you are going to serve it with ice-cream or thinking of using it as a base for some other dessert then you should be cutting back on the sugar. Otherwise it should be fine as such.
  2. I saved the remaining half of the cake for taking pictures. So when I cut the cake the following day evening, I got perfect slices. It was so easy to cut. So bake the cake and forget it until the next day. This cake looked and tasted as good as the milk cakes I have tasted in India.
My Notes:
  1. The original recipe mentioned 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup of butter which is 13 tablespoons. The butter I get here does not have the tablespoon marking. So I used little more than 3/4th cup (12 tablespoons) of butter.
  2. A 9x5 inch was used for this measurement in the original recipe and I felt that an 8x4 inch should be fine. So I used it and I didn't get the shape I expected. I was expecting a square cake slice but what I got was a perfect rectangle.
  3. I have replaced 3 eggs in the original recipe with 1/4 cup of applesauce and 1/2 cup yogurt.
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  1. DhevaDurga Sivaraju

    Hi Sister, Last week I did the vanilla cake. It was marvelous. My family enjoyed eating the cake and they requested me to do it again. Next time I want to try this Tutti Frutti Cake. I can’t wait to try and taste this cake.

    • Madhuram

      You’re very welcome ji 🙂

  2. vegan-muffin

    In my country this type of cake is called “keks”. I have a lot of good memories related to this taste 🙂

  3. Seema

    Hi Madhu. If using eggs then what shud I replace

    • Madhuram

      3 eggs (omit applesauce and yogurt)

  4. Mini

    Can I make this cake in gas oven ???

    • Madhuram

      I guess so Mini. I haven’t tried in one.

  5. CR

    Hi! When you say cups, what size do you refer to? I have never baked with cups before and always use a weighing scale (I’m from the UK!)

  6. Priya

    So I just wanted to know—- do I use unsalted butter or the salted one— I know this will make a huge difference in the taste. Please suggest?

    • Madhuram

      You can use either. But if you use salted butter omit the salt in the recipe.

  7. Sonal

    If I have to make them as cupcake s how much time should I cook it for ?

    • Madhuram

      I’m thinking about 20-22 mins maybe.

  8. Shalini

    I made this cake for Christmas and it was better than all the cakes before. A definite winner.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Shalini.

  9. Laxmi

    I was not very sure about trying this cake as there are amazing raving reviews but also people have pointed out some flaws about following the receipe to the T.

    My tryout has been amazing and everyeone loved it .Very fluffy and moist cake. The cake turned out great and my mother in law was so happy.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the feedback Laxmi.

  10. Neesha


    I had tried your carrot cake and it came out wonderful. I am now a fan of your site.
    My son’s birthday is coming up and want to make tutti frutti cake you have here.

    Two questions:

    Can i make this as cup cakes? If yes just use same recipe and pour it in cupcakes mld instead or there are changes i have to make?

    Can i find tutti fruity in american stores? Which one? Indian stores here do not have it.


    • Madhuram

      I was on vacation, so couldn’t answer your question any sooner Neesha. I’m thinking it should work out good as cupcakes too. You can find tutti fruitti as candied peel in the baking aisle of American supermarkets.

  11. Roshni Trivedi


    Please let me know that can we cook this cake in cooker.
    If yes how much time it will take and how it will works.

    • Madhuram

      I’m sorry that I can’t help you with this Roshni because I have not tried it.

  12. Sumitra

    Hi Madhu,

    Thanks for your wonderful website. I have tried a lot of your recipes and have had very good results; however, this time it was a baking disaster and the first bad one I experienced. I was very careful with every step. I used the fresh box of baking soda, baking powder, resisted myself from using the electric beater due to the cake flour, and still the cake sank and to my surprise not only on the top, but also on the bottom (had not seen this before)! I was kind of disppointed, but felt that the taste would be fine! However, the candied peel I used spoiled the entire cake. I was too excited to get a box of tutti fruiti at my local store, but not sure what was wrong with the box. I wish all the peel had sunk to the bottom, but it was so uniformly distributed that every bite had pieces of these. These peels tasted awful and were nothing like the little delicious fruit tidbits that we taste in milk cakes. The cake did come out in one piece, but I was a little hasty and when I tried to transfer it to a plate from the rack, it totally crumbled up! The taste of the cake without the fruit bits was good, but it was so hard to separate the bits from the cake. I wish I had tasted the fruit bits before adding them to the batter. I ended up returning the fruit bits to the store, but still may try making this one again w/o the fruit bits.

    • Madhuram

      I’m not sure what went wrong because I have baked using candied peel a lot of times and haven’t face any problem at all. So I’m not able to tell why it was bitter. Regarding the cake sinking, it could be the oven temperature too.

  13. priyanka jain

    i want to make this cake in microwave please help me with the duration.

    • Madhuram

      I have not baked in microwave ovens, but I’m guessing 3-5 minutes should be enough.

  14. Veena

    Hi Madhuram,

    Can’t thank you enough for eggless baking. After baking Tutti-Fruti cake, everything was just good except cake sank. This time I baked cake in counter top oven. In one of your recipe, you mentioned that cake flour and electric blenders are not compatible. What are the reasons, when cake sinks?


    • Madhuram

      It could be one of the many reasons listed here: http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/2009/05/13/why-do-my-cakes-sink-in-the-middle/ I tried the eggless vanilla cupcake recipe using Ener-G twice by mixing the batter with an electric beater and both the times the cupcakes rose beautifully but when it came out of the oven it started sinking. I’m guessing the reason is overmixing/beating the batter which incorporates too much air in an already light protein structure of cake flour.

  15. smita

    Hi, cake was awesome.I tried your vanilla cake as well. You recipe never went wrong for me. Thanks a lot for wonderful recipes.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Smita.

  16. Jas

    Hi there, this is an excellent receipe but only thing went wrong was my tutti fruti got sunk at the bottom even though I used the trick you mentioned. Any alternate way to improve. But otherwise this was SUPERB!!!!!! I am do happy that I can follow someone who l pea that baking is possible without eggs, thanks for proving it.

    • Madhuram

      Tossing it in flour before stirring it in the batter is the only trick Jas.

  17. SV


    What will be the sustitute for cake flour & pls do give me the measurements & also let me know if it can be baked in microwave, if yes then let me know the time duration. Thanks in advance.

    • Madhuram

      For a cup of cake flour, place 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a 1 cup measure and fill the rest with all purpose flour. For half a cup, you would use 1 tablespoon of conrstarch and the rest with all purpose flour. I have not baked cakes in microwave oven, so I don’t know how it works. Please Google it or see if you can find any information about it in the manual which came with the oven.

  18. Hastha

    If i dont find unsweetened apple sauce, what can i use instead? Or else how can i make it at home?

    • Madhuram

      Check the FAQ page to know how to make applesauce at home. Pureed silken tofu is another substitute you can try.

  19. Uma Ramnath

    The butter measurement of 13 tbl sp is before or after softening

    • Madhuram

      It’s before sofetening.

  20. Priya doshi

    Hi, its the first time I’m commenting on a recipe because I always had some problem with the outcome of my dish. But I have to say that this is the first recipe which was totally accurate and delicious. Thanks a lot for the recipe and I’m gonna try your other recipes also.

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Priya. I hope you will like the other recipes too.

  21. Jay

    Hi Madhu…What changes do you think I should make to the cake if I omit the candied peel and need a plain cake?

    • Madhuram

      Keep everything else the same and just omit the candied peel.

      • uma ramnath

        My husband doesn’t take yogurt , what can I substitute for that

        • Madhuram

          You could try silken tofu. If buttermilk is okay that could be an option too.

  22. ystv

    5 star recipe of course. Let me know some good sweet recipes where you dont use salt or egg. It is for fast purpose.

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Ystava. You can omit the salt in all of the recipes. Salt is usually added to even out the sweetness of a sweet dish.

  23. ystv

    Hi, thank you again for the recipe. It really works. I have tried both of the option, eggless and with the egg. Egless was better! My whole family loved it. Nice to get all the credit when effort is yours! Hope you dont mind 🙂

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Ystava. I too should not get the full credit because I too was inspired from another recipe. So enjoy all the compliments you get.

  24. Maha

    Hello Madam..

    Your cake looks do delicious and yummy which tempted me to try one. This is going to be my first cake experiment. I would like to know whether we can replace the yogurt and milk with condensed milk or can we use the Unsweetened Applesauce alone. Please suggest me. Thanks in advance.


    • Madhuram

      Thanks Maha. I wouldn’t go with the condensed milk option because then we would have to adjust the sugar and that’s a lot of guessing. If you use all applesauce the cake would be very dense and might take even longer time to bake. You may also have to increase the quantity of baking powder by another 1/4 teaspoon. If adding some more butter is okay, try 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup applesauce and see how it works.

      • Maha

        Thank you so much for the suggestion you have give Maduram. I’ll try today and let you know the outcome…:)

  25. Sujata

    We have yellow cake mix & white cake mix in the grocery store. Today I am Baking it once again. Let’s see what is the result.

    • Madhuram

      Oh! Sujata, I think you have misunderstood something. I have mentioned cake flour in the recipe and not cake mix. Cake mix already has margarine/shortening, some leavening agents and many other ingredients. So it will not work in this recipe. You have to use either cake flour or all purpose flour in this recipe.