Take the 2-minute tour ×
Seasoned Advice is a question and answer site for professional and amateur chefs. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I don't have an oven; is there any way to simulate what an oven does with any other tools available at my home? In particular I would like to be able to bake cakes.

share|improve this question
    
There are plenty of non baked cakes/desserts :) –  nico Apr 9 '12 at 12:39
    
That's not I want to achieve, I want a equipment to bake :) –  Santosh Kumar Apr 9 '12 at 14:26
    
related : cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/4626/… –  Joe Apr 9 '12 at 14:46
1  
What tools are available at your home?! Sure you can simulate an oven... if you have a fireplace and a römertopf, for example. –  rumtscho Apr 9 '12 at 15:06
1  
When in doubt, there's always thermite. Bake a cake in 5 seconds flat*! *Edibility not guaranteed. –  BobMcGee Apr 13 '12 at 2:17
show 3 more comments

13 Answers 13

look up solar cooking, there should be recipies and instructions altrenatively if you can use a fire pit of some sort (or charcol barbique) look up cast-iron pot recipies

share|improve this answer
add comment

In the 1960s/early 70s, there used to be something called a Wonder Pot in Israel which baked cakes. This was a circular contraption made of metal with a heating element; one poured the cake mix into the pot, closed it and turned it on (ie started heating). That's how I remember it although the linked Wikipedia article suggests that the pot was heated on a stove and did not have an integral heating element.

share|improve this answer
add comment

There are also many slow-cooker recipes for cakes -- an online search should pull up dozens, and I've done so several times. I've also used a rice cooker, as a previous poster suggested.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Many breadmakers also have a "cake" program.

share|improve this answer
add comment

If you have space for a microwave, you can bake full-sized cakes (rather than an individual serving of cake in a coffee mug) in a convection microwave. The "convection" part provides more even heating so you can do things like make cakes or roast meat or vegetables. Just make sure you read the instruction manual for the microwave thoroughly so you know what kind of equipment is safe to use in it.

share|improve this answer
add comment

You can cook it in a pressure cooker! My mum used to make it that way i remember. Just put some sand into the cooker first and place your cake tin above it. Close the lid and cook on a medium flame. The texture might be slightly different but it's one way to make a cake.

share|improve this answer
    
Even my mom used to make cakes in a pressure cooker.. it would take hours though!!! –  Zeba Feb 5 '13 at 6:51
add comment

It's definitely possible to bake cakes using a BBQ, although it may require some changes in technique from cooking meat. This recipe for Chocolate Souffles for example, uses a kettle BBQ (which uses briquettes (as compared to a gas burner BBQ which I'm sure could also be used with some modifications to the technique)) using indirect heat.

How to modify your use of the kettle BBQ to get indirect heat is linked in the recipe.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Wow! Wayfaring that is a great answer. You inspired me to look up a cake recipe using a pressure cooker. I lose power all the time and will keep that in the back of my mind.

Anyway, if a burner is what you have then make your own oven. I learned from camping that all you need is heat and a plain cast iron Dutch oven (without feet for the stove) and a heavy lid. Ok, I wasn’t me, it was my friend who is a chef, but I was really impressed. You could try garage sails, antique type stores and camping stores. Make sure you put a rack on the bottom, preheat and put your pan in. Could be a little tricky getting out, but they have tools for that too. The reason for plain cast iron, I feel it is the only material you can use without water that is safe, will not damage the pot, or any coatings and will not throw off toxic fumes. As a matter of fact, I just now talked myself into getting one for the powerless days. Last time it was 4 days due to the October storm.

enter image description here

share|improve this answer
add comment

Microwave + Coffee Cup = Awesome

A few years ago I was looking for a project for some cub scouts when I came across this recipe to make chocolate cake in a microwave. It's delicious and easy. Best of all you can make it in the office.

Check out this link: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Make_Cake_in_a_Mug

share|improve this answer
add comment

Throw it on the BBQ! (Experimentation required).

Here is one blogger's successful (and some not-so-successful) attempts at baking stuff on a bbq: http://pattycake.ca/node/188

Here is another:

http://sharon-russell.suite101.com/cooking-cake-on-the-grill-a136001

Looks like fun :).

share|improve this answer
add comment

This post describes how my grandmother would make cakes in an electric frypan.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Cake is a broad term and "a cake" is going to mean different things to different people.

The fluffy, chemically or egg risen, low protein-flour, dessert that "cake" means in the US is going to require even, dry heat that an oven provides.

  • If you can only cook on a burner then you will be restricted to fried or boiled desserts. Delicious but they wouldn't be called "cake" here.

  • Some cake varieties can be cooked in electric appliances such as slow cookers.

  • If you have access to a fire, a dutch oven can be used to make delicious cakes.

  • If you have sunlight you can fashion a solar oven that you can bake anything in. http://solarcooking.org/plans/

share|improve this answer
add comment

Rice cookers can be used to bake cakes. I've cooked them using a store-bought mix and my Panasonic DE 102 fuzzy logic unit. It actually has a 'cake' setting. The cake came out fine; tasted like a regular oven prepped cake. Similar cookers will likely work as well, but the way to really find out if a particular cooker will do the job is to give it a try.

share|improve this answer
    
what are key concepts of working of oven? what does it actually does? –  Santosh Kumar Apr 9 '12 at 14:36
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.