How to Bake Cake Without an Oven and on a Stove top

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How to bake cake without an oven & on a stove top

Cake baking has been around for decades and so has the means of baking.

Before the invention of gas and electric ovens, Cakes and other snacks were baked successfully on the stove top and also enjoyed by all.

And even with the new inventions, we can always fall back on the old baking methods whenever we simply run out of electric power/gas or when our conventional ovens fail us (just like it happened to me yesterday☺).
So here’s how to bake cake without an oven.

**I got the dry pot directions from fauziaskitchenfun, but changed it a bit to suit the size of my pot and cake.

To bake cake without an oven, you’ll need:
For the Cake Batter:

For Baking the Cake you’ll need:

  • A large aluminium pot with a lid(cover)(preferably an old clean pot)
  •  A rack or an aluminum bowl that can fit into the pot
  • Foil paper(optional)
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Extra tip:
– Medium sized gravel stones, flat bricks or sand can also used as a base for the pot, but be very careful when making use of sand because it can accidentally get into the cake batter(you know we can never be careful enough).
 If you plan to bake cake with sand or stones, click here for step by step procedures and video recipe and  Don’t forget to wash the gravel stones thoroughly and also make use of ”clean” sand(without dirt/debris).

1. First prepare your baking pan by either lining with a parchment paper or greasing with butter and then dusting lightly with flour.

Next, place an iron rack (or high aluminum plate or iron gauze) into a clean empty wide pot, cover the pot really tight and preheat on high heat for 10 minutes.

Quick tip: Make sure the pot is quicky clean, with no dirt or burnt crust in it, if not it will smoke when heated up.

HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

 If you want to bake the cake on sand or stones, see steps here

While the pot is heating up, beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl, until creamy; add the eggs and beat well; add the milk,flavor and coloring, also beat well and finally sift in the baking powder and flour. Combine all together and pour into the prepared baking pan.

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HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

2. Carefully, open the now hot pot and place your cake pan on the hot rack .
Tip: You can cover the pot with a foil (before placing the lid)to prevent heat from escaping through the sides of the lid)

HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

 Important: Never place the cake pan directly on the bottom of the pot, or the cake will burn. Always make sure there is a seperation between the cake pan and the hot pot or sand.

3. Now cover the pot again and leave the cake to bake well on medium heat for about 5 minutes, then reduce to low heat and let the cake continue baking for 15 to 30 minutes(depending on the size of the cake you are baking).

HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

Tip: if you are using foil plate as a baking pan,you’ll have to check the cake earlier,’cos the cake will get done faster in a foil plate.


4. After 15 minutes open up the pot and check for doneness by dipping the center with a skewer/toothpick. If the skewer comes out clean, then the cake is done baking, but if it comes out moist, let the cake bake a little longer and test with the skewer again, after 5 minutes.
This cake took about 30 minutes.

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HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

5. When the cake is done, take it out of the hot pot and leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning it over on a cake rack or plate.
Serve and Enjoy ☺.

HOW TO BAKE cake without an oven, bake cake on sand bake cake in pot on stovetop

 ++Below is a detailed video on How to bake Cake on Sand and click this link to see our new post on baking on sand”

This second video will also show you how to bake cake in an empty pot (without sand) without an oven

We love you comments, so feel free to ask questions and send us your feedback if you try out this method.

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  1. Ella sunday
    June 5, 2023 / 8:35 am


  2. Obi amarachi
    April 4, 2022 / 4:07 pm

    Is nice i love that

  3. Gene
    October 24, 2021 / 9:29 am

    Thank you for your great instructions on using a pan to bake! The recipes are great too!

  4. John Cena
    September 19, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    Thanks alot, i love this

  5. Chukwudoluo vera
    September 3, 2021 / 7:33 am

    I think it’s perfect

  6. August 26, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    If will are using a stove or gas can will put pot and sand in the same place

  7. Aminat
    August 13, 2021 / 6:12 pm

    Please what is it that you can cover the pot with after putting sand in the pot to avoid putting the cake pan directly into the sand

  8. Queen Ijere
    January 3, 2021 / 11:28 am

    I love this. Thanks Angelina

  9. Ntonghoeval
    December 3, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    Lovely cake

  10. Abimbola
    April 24, 2020 / 7:53 pm


      • Angelina
        August 3, 2020 / 12:42 pm

        I think we need more of these original cooking methods. We have become so dependent on the equipment. I l
        Ove the way youhavemade it something we can do anywhere. Dont want to be so dependent on electricity or gas… More recipes on charcoal or driftwood or… An o en heated by leaves… I saw that i. Greece… And it was hot!
        Thankyouso much. Angelina

  11. Taiwo
    April 23, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    Hi, can I make use of old flour instead of sand or stones to bake on the stove?

  12. Christiana
    December 19, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Great job….thank you..wanna know what size of cake this is??

  13. Unknown
    October 18, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Wow, well done maU have done a wonderful job maI love to put my interest in baking of cake ma….U have done a great job ma…???

  14. Obioma Obinna
    March 2, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Pls,how do I fold the foil into a pan?

  15. Mariama
    December 7, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Hi please My pot is smaller for my tin. But I have a bigger non-stick pan can I use it?

  16. maureen dorathy
    October 26, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Thanks alot for this lovely post on how tp bake cake on stove top. I tried it and it came well and tasted delicious, but i noticed that there are holes inside cake as i cut it. Could it be from the mixing or doez it not mean anything. I bake the cake 1hour instead of 30 minutes you, reason is that i could not perceive the aroma of the cake after 30 minutes so i felt it was not done and i didn't want to open the pot to avoid it collapsing wwhen it is not done. Thanks Mum immensely, Man can never pay you for these charitable work that you do but God the great rewarder would reward you in billions. Amen thanks alot. Please kindly reply

  17. Pawan Singh Negi
    August 21, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Thanks for the useful, Guidance 🙂

  18. Anonymous
    July 14, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I'm happy, I'm in this platform.

  19. Ralph Ugboko
    June 24, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Pls i need you to reply promptly; what if i dont have a weighing balance? How do i make accurate measurements? the cup that you use in baking, is it the De Rica big tin or is it Peak Milk tin or is it the 16 Tablespoons = 1 Cup measurement?

  20. Anonymous
    June 24, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Thanks, Now I can finally make lasagna

  21. maggie
    June 5, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Please, I don't own a baking pan, what else can I use?

  22. Anonymous
    June 5, 2017 / 2:18 am

    I don't own a baking pan, what else can I use?

  23. Anonymous
    May 6, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Good afternoon aunty Lily, can I add a little water to d cake mixture?

  24. Kevwe
    February 18, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Wow!…thanks a lot …..would try it

  25. Anonymous
    February 18, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Wow!would try it…..thanks a lot

  26. pretty
    December 7, 2016 / 9:00 am

    tanx alot. can i use fruits n food colouring

  27. HAnwar
    December 5, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Hi…I baked the cake with this method…it got very crusty on the sides and bottom but remained very pale white on the top…kept the flame very slow throughout. Want even browning,please tell how?

  28. ayobami
    December 4, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Enter your comment..gud evening, pls if I don't have baking pan can I use pot as a substitute

  29. Chiamaka
    November 10, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Please ma, how do I bake my meat pie without oven… I want to use stove

  30. Anonymous
    October 20, 2016 / 4:49 pm


  31. Anonymous
    October 2, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I try making a cake but I couldn't find all the ingredients, what should I do?

  32. Anonymous
    September 17, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Ma I wana mke cup cakes buh I dnt ave an oven,hw do I go abt it usn Sand in my oldpot,I Want to use d aluminimum cup dat is use 4 moi moi cn I plc it directly on d sand??

  33. Anonymous
    June 21, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Hello ma,thanks for sharing your methods of baking.i do not have an oven and am planning to bake using a charcoal stove,i hope it comes out perfectly,thanks a lot ma,moureen.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      November 22, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      I'm sure it will

  34. obiaageli
    April 27, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Pls ma i went a bigger cake can I double the ingredients thanks, obiageli

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Yes you can Obiageli 🙂

  35. obiaageli
    April 27, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Pls ma i want a bigger cake can I double the ingredients thanks, obiageli.

  36. utibe umo
    April 6, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    u re a virtuous woman. thanks so much for all ur receipes, I will try all of them. God bless u

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Thanks Utibe, God bless you too 🙂

  37. utibe umo
    April 6, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    thanks so much for all ur receipes. uty

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      You're welcome hun 🙂

  38. mary zahid
    February 28, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Thank you verrrrry much.I love to bake cakes but I dont have a pressure cooker or oven but thanks to you.Now I can bake a cake with my mom

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 5:34 pm

      You're welcome Mary 🙂

  39. Blessing Mkem
    February 12, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Nice one dear, it's really helpful

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 7, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  40. Anonymous
    January 21, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Can I do fruit cake using a pot?

  41. Anonymous
    December 30, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Tnx Nky. Pls can I use sand on a pressure pot on gas to bake my cake? Sybillion.

    • tripplem
      May 22, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Well I wouldn't advise u use a pressure pot Cox I did and it spoilt mine. Bt u can use d method on gas top by reducing the heat

    • tripplem
      May 22, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Also, try using "the stove top thing" instead of sand

  42. Ntebono Victoria
    December 15, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Wow am so glad that i stumble on this amazing platform today. Just at the right time,i was about enrolling on how to bake cake and snacks. Nky, you're God sent. God bless you more grace to carry on your work. Vicky Benny

    • Nky Lily Lete
      December 29, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      I'm glag to be of help Vicky 🙂

  43. Ntebono Victoria
    December 15, 2015 / 10:31 am

    Wow am so glad that i stumble on this amazing platform today. Just at the right time, i was about enrolling on how to bake cake on my own. Nky, you are God sent of our era. God Bless and give you my more wisdom to carry on. Vicky Benny

  44. Anonymous
    November 11, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Hi. Can I use dis same recipe for cake pudding?. I once saw someone put d cake batter in moimoi can and cooked it like moimoi..and it came out soft and nice.. Tnks so much for Ur posts. They have really helped me in so many ways …Dessy

  45. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    tnx. will my pot not burn so bad after all this heat n causing smoke in my kitchen. heating without water

    • Destiny
      November 3, 2015 / 10:57 am

      My pot smoked a little at first, then I discovered it was because of some old food particle at the bottom, but on the second try it just became very hot, but didnt smoke and it baked the cake well. I think it's just like when you burn an iron rod on fire.Advisable to use an old pot you dont care about.

  46. cblessing
    October 1, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    tnx for this wonderful experiment. but i wanna ask,won't my pot burn get spoilt, afterheating it for that long without?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2015 / 11:55 pm

      If the pot is clean, without any burnt stuff underneath it , it will be very hot but will not smoke.You can use an old pot if you are afraid to ruin your new pot 🙂

  47. Juana Ondo
    September 18, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Hello Mma, thanks to your blog I can make a lot with flour(meat pies, chinchin, doughnuts, cake etc) God bless you real good for sharing your recipes to everyone ???

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2015 / 11:48 pm

      Thanks hun 🙂

  48. Lindjoy
    August 26, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Hi Nky!Nice recipe as always. Pls i wnt 2 know d kind of table/tea spoons u measure with,can i use d usual ones for eating nd also d milk in this recipe,is it liquid or powder?thanks dear.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 1, 2015 / 5:43 am

      Same as you use for eating but you have to level it- and the milk is liquid.

    • Iwunwa nonye
      September 19, 2015 / 10:57 pm

      Hi nikky am baking a cake with my stove and it got finish I have only thei local electric stove the one that shines red when its on pls can I transfer it on my electric stove?

    • Iwunwa nonye
      September 19, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      Hi nikky am baking a cake with my stove and it got finish I have only thei local electric stove the one that shines red when its on pls can I transfer it on my electric stove?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      October 3, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      Sorry for the late response. Yes you can.

  49. Ijeoma Florence
    August 20, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Plz ma,how do I bake chicken pie with dis method(aluminium plate?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 21, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      First make sure that the aluminium plate is not directly sitting on the pot(u can hold it up with gravel stones) or a microwave rack. Then place foil on the plate and put the pies on it. Watch closely so that it doesnt burn.I'll be expecting your feedback.

  50. Gracey
    August 6, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    Omg i can,t beliv that i just made a real cake without an oven, seriously, i,m looking at the hotvcakevas i type and cant wait to devour it,thanksvso much for this steps,.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 19, 2015 / 11:08 pm

      you're welcome 🙂

  51. Franca Chinedu
    July 29, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Hi Nky, what a nice job you are doing here, am so grateful fore locating this page, nice job keep it up.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 1, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks dearie and good to have you here 🙂

  52. Bolanle Shodi
    May 13, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    Hi Nky, my oven just stopped working and i was reluctant to try this method, but finally did. You are such a gem , the cake came out so nice, nicer than i expected, without burning. Now i can bake without an oven and wont dissappoint my clients. thanks to you.God bless you.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 22, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      thanks for your lovely feedback dearie 🙂

  53. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 / 6:12 am

    I place the baking pan with cake in it on the stone but the stone did not fill the sides of d pan. And I didn't reduce the stove after 10min

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 5, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      Hi dearie, when you dont follow the recipe ''as it is'' , you can't expect the same result.pls follow the recipe next time.

  54. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 / 6:08 am

    I place the baking pan with cake in it on the stone but the stone did not fill the sides of d pan. And I didn't reduce the stove after 10min

  55. Anonymous
    April 29, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Thanks a lot.I try the stone method and bake 4 5omins but it got burnt. Pls ma how do I go about it. Ajoke

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 30, 2015 / 11:30 am

      Hi Ajoke, how did you do it, so that I can tell you where you went wrong.

    • tripplem
      May 22, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      You propably used too much hear. Make sure ur stove Flame is pale blue with no tint of Red. Also try placing that circle thing on the stove which pot site on inside the pot instead. Hope u get wat 'm trying to describe?

  56. okechukwu joyamaka
    April 29, 2015 / 10:23 am

    You are wonderful, i will give it a trial. Tanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 30, 2015 / 11:23 am

      Ok hun, I'll be expecting your feedback 🙂

  57. Kehinde Falade
    April 29, 2015 / 10:17 am

    I am definitely going to try these

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 30, 2015 / 11:21 am

      I'll be expecting your feedback dearie 🙂

  58. okechukwu joyamaka
    April 28, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Please how do i know the quantity of sand or stones to use meanwhile i appreciate yr good work. Tanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 29, 2015 / 7:57 am

      The sand should fill about 1/4 of the pot.

  59. Agoras Blog
    April 13, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    One should not live by cake alone. Where's the tea, smoothie or drink to go with the cake? I searched your blog for smoothie. Healthy smoothie recipes. Smoothie thats nutritious, delicious, thick and authentically Nigerian, i.e made from tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs (or Nigerian Guinness). lol

    • Nky Lily Lete
      April 22, 2015 / 11:56 am

      lol.. i am woking on uploading those too dearie 🙂

  60. Mrs Bello
    March 18, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Thank you so much. Now I can finally bake a cake. Hugs

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 12:18 pm


  61. Miriam
    March 9, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    I am not really sure, but was the cake pan directly placed on the pot? if so, I am surprised the cake did not burn, how did you manage to prevent it from burning?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 9, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      I placed an aluminium rack in the pot before placing the cake.

  62. Anonymous
    March 6, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the post ma.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 9, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      u're welcome 🙂

  63. amara nwandire
    March 6, 2015 / 9:44 am

    am thinking of baking my son first year birthday cake but do not know how to decorate it. wat do i do

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 9, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      Check out our ''CAKE RECIPES'' section above.

  64. Juliet
    March 6, 2015 / 9:38 am

    On point, will try this. tanxs ma

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 9, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      u're welcome 🙂

  65. toye bukki
    March 5, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    This is really nice thanks, i have tried it before and came out nice.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Great 🙂

  66. Gift David
    March 5, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    wow! I love cakes, i make cakes for my family, especially during birthday celebrations. Its good to know how to make cakes.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2015 / 9:37 am


  67. Anonymous
    March 5, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Can I do it on a firewood too?That is using firewood as my heat source.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

      yes u can 🙂

  68. carlista
    March 5, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I'm a student and have always wanted to make cake, but i don't have an oven.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 6, 2015 / 9:36 am

      u're welcome 🙂

      • Omolade
        June 29, 2019 / 8:02 pm

        I want to bake number five cake but I don’t know the accurate measurement for it thank you

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