Cake - Baked Without an Oven

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I attempted it and alhamdulillah the results were better than I ever expected!! The cake was light and fluffy, really really soft and delicate with a perfect crumb texture. All in less time than it would have taken in an oven!


Here is the recipe: Marble Cake

Here is the step by step description corresponding to the numbered pics.

Picture 1:  Place a rack or stand in a big heavy EMPTY pot. Make sure the pot is dry and completely clean otherwise if it has any oil or water it will smoke.

Picture 2:  Cover the pot with a tight lid and turn the heat on high for 5 minutes. This is to pre-heat the pot in preparation for the cake.

Picture 3:  Open the pot, careful it will be hot in there. Place your cake pan gently on the rack/stand.

Picture 4:  Cover the pot once more and let the cake start baking! First keep the heat on high for 5 minutes, then lower it to medium and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. This is for an 8" cake size, it will take slightly more time if the cake is larger or less time if it is smaller.

Picture 5:  Open the pan after the baking period, and check if the cake is done. The top will be solid and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake will come out clean.

Picture 6:  Turn the cake over on a rack gently and remove the greaseproof paper. As you can see, the cake is done!

Picture 7:  This pic is to show you how soft the cake is. I placed a knife under the cake and lifted it, and as you can see the cake is literally bending just with the lift of a knife-tip, it is THAT soft!

Picture 8:  Once the cake was cooled, I flipped it over to show the marbled top.

Picture 9:  Look how soft my cake is!! Perfect cake without the use of an oven!

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Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can use stones.

Aoa.I don't have a rack can i use stones or another baking tin?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can use stones.

I don't have a rack.Can i use stones or another baking tin?

I need some help. I do not have an oven, i do not have the proper moulds etc for baking, no greasing paper etc...however, i managed to bake something following your method and am so grateful to you. but when the cake rises, the top cracks and the end result is a mountain like cake with canyons and cliffs. :) never plain like yours.
any suggestions?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can bake anything using this or the pressure cooker method. The top colour may not be as golden but the results will be good.

Dear fauzia, glad to find this link. What if i dont have a cake rack can i just put in a pizza pan or any other pot inside the pot?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes that is fine just make sure the cake pan that you are baking is raised so the cake doesn't burn from underneath.

Thanks for your reply but I still don't get you. What are u referring to raised pan as? all of the baking pans and pizza pans are usually flat from the bottom.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You said you do not have a cake rack. The function of that cake rack is to raise the cake pan so it is not touching the bottom of the BIG POT. So if you do not have a rack, use anything else that will make sure whatever you are baking is not touching the bottom of the BIG POT otherwise the bottom will burn. I hope that cleared it now.

okay I got it now, it should just be raised in any way. sssssoooo I can either layer the pan with stones or I can use any casserole that can be exposed to stove and turn it upside down then put the baking pan on top of it right? 2 more ques: can i use a really really big aluminium pot? the pot I have in non stick form is not ideal for this purpose coz its not that deep and the process requires enough space in terms of depthness.. n my last question is unfortunately the baking tin I have is broken.. so can i use the small non stick pan covered with aluminium foil from the bottom?

Thanks a lot. waiting for your reply of my all three questions :-( n sorry i asked a lot

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you got it now. Yes you can use an aluminium pot. Not sure about the non-stick pan covered with aluminium, I guess you can give it a try and see. I hope it does not get ruined though as it will be going through dry heat.

I will try it, but before I ruin some ingredients, I have few questions,
In comparison to the length of the outside pot, how tall should be the rack? And the space left above after putting the rack and the mold how much should that be? I mean if the amount of space over and under (or may be around) playing any role? Plus some sites say that you should cover the base of the utensil with gravel or sand for better result....
do reply

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Well there should be at least 3 inches between the dish being baked and the top/bottom of the pan just so that there is room for the hot air to circulate without burning the dish. I personally never add any gravel or sand or stones, but you can if you want. :) Just make sure to preheat everything well before you put your dish in there to bake.

I tried your method, and my cake turned out very good. I even tried the method for making pizza. That turned out good too. Thanks a lot.
One request tho, can you share a cheese cake recipe. I mean the healthier version. On some bbc cooking channel I once saw a recipe with used lil cream cheese and Greek yogurt. I mean if you have something like that.
It is a good site keep it up, and good luck!

can i make lasagne too with this method by using Pyrex dish

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can just make sure the pyrex dish is heat proof.

Thanks fauzia you are great (Y)

salams...when i cook the cake in the pot,a burning smell comes,what should i do please sister?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/salaam, you could try adding some water in the big pot.

how to make the pattern u hv made on this marble cake?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Pour some white batter in the pan, then dollop some of the brown batter on top in spoonfuls. Then take a toothpick or tip of a knife and swirl it around gently.

If i place tawa under the steel pot then i dnt hv to place a seperate rack inside the steel pot??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

No, you still need to lift whatever it is you are baking so that air can circulate under it.

Assalam aleikom, can i also do this with a pressure-cooker ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can...just do not use the whistle/pressure valve.

Elsa Frozen's picture

Going to try this recipe.Just one question
When it will be time to flip the cake do we have to take it out of the bowl??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I don't understand what you mean by flipping the cake.

Elsa Frozen's picture

Can i make the cake in non-sticky pan??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Use whichever cake pan you normally would use for baking cakes.

Elsa Frozen's picture

When we have to turn the cake over how to take it out of the bowl?
Do we have to use Greaseproof paper?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Just turn it over on a rack and it should slide out if you have used greaseproof paper and greased the pan well.

Elsa Frozen's picture

i have never baked a cake so thats y i am asking that can i use non-sticky pan?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can use it but be sure to grease and flour it well before adding the batter.

I made this marble cake on stove but its bottom got burnt and the cake did not rise .

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Did you use SELF RISING flour as mentioned in the recipe? Did you raise the cake pan by placing something under it so that it is not directly on the heat?

Aoa, Plz tell if u have ever tried baking in oven proof dish, that pyrex one

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes I have. :)

I meant by this stove top method

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I would not recommend it for this method because I personally have not tested this out. There is a risk because of the direct flame right under the pot, it may cause your dish to shatter.

can I bake lasagne using d same method?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

Hi fauzia
Is this baking pot available in all hyper markets like lullu hypermarket in Cochin or in Baker's shop

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, am not from UAE but you could try searching for this kind of pot from any shop that sells utencils.

Hi Fauzia,
I have bookmarked this recipe long time ago. Today, finally, I've just got to work and I have to say the result was excellent and unique. Even better than oven baked cakes.
Thank you soOoOo much for sharing.

For this stove top baking should we use only self rising flour

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can use plain flour with baking powder.

Any substitute for eggs