Okara Cake Salé with Mushroom and Tuna

Okara Cake Salé with Mushroom and Tuna

This is a healthy and savoury 'cake.' You won't taste the okara at all, it's more to hold the shape. Pack with a lot of vegetables.

Ingredients: 18 cm poundcake tin

Basic batter (943 kcal)
Eggs (large)
Soy milk (or milk)
80 to 100 ml (adjust depending on the water content of the okara)
Olive oil
25 g
Fresh okara
140 g
Pancake mix
60 g
Grated cheese
2 heaping tablespoons (20 g)
1/3 teaspoon
Additions (about 200 kcal) - or use whatever you have in your refrigerator
1 medium
*Red and yellow bell peppers
1 pepper worth
*Canned tuna packed in water
1 can (80 g)
Leafy greens (I used komatsuna and daikon radish tops)
30 g
Marinated mushrooms (Recipe ID: 1120695)
100 g
Salt and pepper
a small amount


1. Chop the onion finely. Cut the peppers into 1 cm cubes. Drain the tuna and flake, reserving the liquid from the can.
2. Sauté the onion and pepper in olive oil. Add the mushrooms and liquid from the canned tuna and sauté. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
3. Boil the greens in salted water, drain and squeeze out very well. Chop finely. Combine with the drained and flaked tuna, spread out on a paper towel lined colander and drain excess moisture.
4. Make the egg mixture: Add salt and 80 ml of soy milk to the beaten eggs. Add the olive oil little by little to emulsify the liquid.
5. Prepare the dry ingredients: Combine the okara, pancake mix and grated cheese well with a whisk.
6. Combine the egg mixture from Step 4 with the Step 2 and 3 ingredients and mix well.
7. Add the combined Step 4 ingredients to the Step 6 ingredients, and mix until there are no flour streaks. Pour the batter into the pound cake pan. If the batter seems too thick, add a little soy milk to adjust.
8. Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 40 minutes. If a bamboo skewer stuck in the middle comes out cleanm it's done. If there is some batter on the skewer, bake for another 2 to 3 minutes.
9. Let it cool before slicing. Cut into single serving slices. I recommend 2 cm slices. You can freeze it in smaller portions aswell.
10. Tip 1: After the cake is baked, tap the pan on your work surface to release any built-up steam.
11. Tip 2: Gently remove the cake from the pan, transfer on a cooling rack and cover loosely with parchment paper. Leave to cool.
12. It's best to rest the cake in the refrigerator overnight. It not only becomes easier to slice, but the taste and texture of the okara will be reduced and the flavor will mellow out. Serve cold or warmed.

Story Behind this Recipe

When I looked at recipes in cookbooks for cake salé, I noticed that they had a lot of fat and oil compared to the amount of flour.
I cut the calories by using okara and omitted unnecessary ingredients. I was able to make a cake salé that makes the most of the natural taste of the ingredients.