It is not always necessary that you ought to have an oven to bake a cake. Of course, an oven is the most common method to do baking but there are some other methods too. Let’s have some fun with the food items. Why only experiment with different baked goods, try this really amazing way of baking the cake on your stovetop. You just need a stove, steamer basket or glass dish and a large pot and that’s it. Follow the given steps and you can get a tender and moist oven-like cake.
Preparing the Batter and Pans
Step 1: First you need to prepare the cake batter you want or you can also select one. It depends if you want to bring your own recipe or you just want to have a boxed mix. Maximum recipes can work with this technique.
Step 2: Take 1-2 baking pans and make a coating of butter on both the sides and the bottom. In case your recipe calls for a different amount of pans, continue with the same. Use 2 regular cake pans if your recipe demands springform pan. This kind of pans comes with hinge and their extra height won’t allow the pan to fit into the pot.
Step 3: Next, you want a tablespoon of flour to dust each pan you are using. Make sure that you spread the flour evenly across the bottom. To coat the sides, you can turn your pan on its side and start rotating it like a wheel. Remove the extra flour.
Step 4: Now, you’ll need parchment paper. Keep the parchment paper on the top of your pan. Mark the lines using a pencil and cut out the same shape, then set it into the pan. Do the same with all the pans and there’s no need to do it with the sides.
Step 5: Take a rubber spatula and pour down the batter into the pan and make sure you have every bit of the batter into it. If you are using more than one pan, make sure you pour the batter evenly into each pan. After this, gently shake the pan so that the batter is spread uniformly. You can also top the pan on the counter a few times to settle any air bubbles.
Preparing the Cooking Pot
Step 1: You should have a pot and a steamer basket and too that with a flat bottom or with a set of legs to hold from the bottom of the pot or a basket with a rim will also work so that it can sit on the top of the pan. Also, a round glass baking dish will be fine but it should have a flat bottom and handles so that it can easily rest on the rim of the pot.
Step 2: Now, you need to fill the pot with some water say 1” below the bottom of the steamer basket. First, pour down the water and then set the basket on the top. In case of glass baking dish, the water level should be 1” below the bottom of the dish as well.
Step 3: Make a thin layer of dried beans and cover the bottom of the steamer basket. Use the type of beans you want or you can also use small pebbles. This step is done only to make a buffer between the basket and the base of the pan. In case of glass baking dish, try to use dried beans only as they are safer than the pebbles.
Step 4: If you are using multiple pans, make another double-boiler system for it. You might two different shapes of cake but the taste will remain the same. Both the set-ups will use the same baking time.
Step 5: There’s no preheating involved in this technique as you do with the oven. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and heat the water on a high temperature for 5 minutes. Skipping this step will make your cake under-baked or it might not bake properly. Don’t let any steam to escape, especially when you have added the cake.
Cooking the Cake in the Pot
Step 1: If glass dish is the one you are using, set your cake into the dish. Check that the bottom of the pan is lying on the top of the dried beans. Remember if the cake pan touches the bottom of the glass dish, it may get very hot or over bake.
Step 2: Never cover the pot with the lid right away, that way the steam will get trapped and drip down onto the cake making it very soggy. Do like this, take a sheet of parchment paper, set it on the top and keep the lid gently on the paper. Make sure that the parchment paper is bigger than the pot.
Step 3: Bake your cake for about 25 minutes over medium heat. Then check the cake if it’s done using a toothpick. If you take out a clean toothpick, it is done. If not, let the cake cook for few more minutes and keep on checking it after every 5 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the lid and parchment paper from the pot. Now use a kitchen towel, wrap it over each hand and take out the pan carefully from the pot.
Step 5: After you take out the pan, let it cool for around 5 minutes. Then flip it over onto a flat surface and let your cake come out. Take off the parchment paper and turn the cake again. You can top your cake with your favorite frosting and give it a nice touch.