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)

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.

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.

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. 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…😊😊😊

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

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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

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

    Thanks for the useful, Guidance 🙂

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

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

  7. 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?

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

    Thanks, Now I can finally make lasagna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wow!…thanks a lot …..would try it

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

    Wow!would try it…..thanks a lot

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

    tanx alot. can i use fruits n food colouring

  15. 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?

  16. 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

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

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

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


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

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

  20. 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??

  21. 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

  22. 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 🙂

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

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

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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 🙂

  26. 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 🙂

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