How to Bake a Cake on the Stove: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Bake a Cake on the Stove: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Bake a Cake on the Stove: 15 Steps (with Pictures)

The most popular method of baking a cake is to bake it. However, there are several other ways to prepare a cake. If you don't have a microwave at home, try baking the cake on the stove with a large pan and a small steaming basket or glass baking dish. The dough will taste as good as if it had been baked in the oven, although a little softer and more moist.


Part 1 of 3: Preparing the dough and molds

Bake a Cake on Your Stovetop Step 1

Step 1. Choose and prepare the dough for your favorite cake

You can use either a ready-made recipe or a box mix. The technique works well with almost any type of cake.

Step 2. Butter one or two pans

Spread the butter both on the bottom and sides of the pan. If the cake requires a different amount of shapes, follow the recipe's recommendations. If he asks for a pan with a removable bottom, replace it with two common cake pans.

The pan with a removable bottom may not fit the pan due to the hinge and extra weight

Step 3. Flour the shapes

Place a tablespoon of flour inside each shape. Carefully shake them from side to side until the flour is well spread across the bottom. Then turn the shapes on their sides and turn them like wheels to flour the sides. Throw away the excess.

If the amount of flour is not enough, add half or a tablespoon to each form

Step 4. Line the shapes with wax paper

Place a shape on a sheet of parchment paper and draw the outline of it with a pen. Cut the piece out into a circular shape and place it inside the shape.

  • Repeat this Step until you've lined all the shapes you'll need.
  • It is not necessary to cover the sides of the molds with wax paper.

Step 5. Turn the dough inside the pan

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the dough well into the pan. If using more than one mold, divide the dough equally between them. Carefully swing the pan from side to side to spread the dough until it forms an even layer.

Gently tap the pan a few times on the kitchen counter. This is not strictly necessary, but it will help to break up any air bubbles in the dough

Part 2 of 3: Preparing the pot

Bake a Cake on Your Stovetop Step 6

Step 1. Set aside a pan and basket from a steaming pan or glass baking pan

The basket should be straight at the bottom and have little feet to keep it upright or a edge to hold it on top of the pan.

You can also use a round glass baking dish. However, it is very important that it has a straight bottom and spaghetti straps so that it rests on the edges of the pan

Step 2. Fill the pot with water and insert the basket

The water should be 2.5 cm from the bottom of the basket. Start by filling the pot and then place the basket in place. If necessary, remove some of the water or add more.

  • The water should be at the same distance from the glass baking sheet if you choose to use it.
  • The distance does not need to be 2.5 cm nailed. The important thing is that the water does not rise high enough to enter the container.

Step 3. Cover the bottom of the basket with a thin layer of dried beans

The type of beans doesn't matter. You can even use pebbles if you prefer. The beans only serve to create a protective layer between the basket and the base of the pan.

Do the same if you are using a glass baking dish. In this case, however, always opt for beans to protect the material

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Step 4. Set up another bain-marie if you have divided the cake into two molds

Place one more basket in a pan or assemble another combination with a glass baking dish. The cakes may be a little different from each other, but the taste will be exactly the same.

  • The preparation time will also be identical for the two cakes.
  • You will have to bake the entire cake in two portions if you choose to use only a double boiler.
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Step 5. Cover the pan and heat the water over high heat for five minutes

You will need to preheat the pan just as you would an oven. To do this, just cover it with a tight lid, put the heat on high and wait five minutes.

  • Do not skip this step. Otherwise, it will be as if you had placed the cake in a cold oven: it will not bake properly and may end up with raw parts.
  • Make sure the lid fits snugly into the basket or pan so that steam does not escape. This will be of utmost importance when you put the dough into the pan.

Part 3 of 3: Baking the cake in the pan

Step 1. Place the mold inside the basket or glass baking dish

Take care that the bottom of the pan touches only the dry beans. Don't try to make your way through the shaped beans.

If the bottom of the pan touches the basket or the glass baking sheet, the dough may end up getting too hot and past the point

Step 2. Cover the pan with baking paper and cover it

Do not place the lid directly on the pan. Otherwise, the steam will get trapped and drip onto the dough, making the cake too wet. Instead, tear off a piece of parchment paper and place it on the pan. Gently place the lid on the wax paper layer.

The piece of parchment paper should be 5 cm larger than the pan as the lid will weigh down when placed in place

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Step 3. Bake the cake over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes

After 25 minutes, open the pan and skewer the dough with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, take the cake off the heat. If the toothpick comes out with pieces of cake stuck together, leave the dough on the fire for a little longer and test it every five minutes.

  • Some cakes take more than 30 minutes to bake.
  • To test the toothpick, stick it in the center of the cake and pull it out.
  • Don't look at the cake too often. Otherwise, the heat will escape and the dough will take longer to bake.

Step 4. Protect your hands with tea towels to remove the cake from the pan

Uncover the pan and remove the wax paper layer. Then protect your hands with tea towels and carefully lift the shape, holding it by the edges.

  • This can be a bit difficult, especially if there isn't much space between the pan and the basket or baking sheet. Take as much care as possible.
  • If the dish towel is too thin, fold it in half or replace it with a tong. Avoid wearing kitchen gloves, which can be too chubby to fit between the pan and the pan.
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Step 5. Allow the cake to cool for five minutes before unmolding it

To unmold the cake, turn the pan on a flat surface and let it slide out. Release the wax paper from the dough and turn the cake into position.

  • After that, the cake will be ready. However, how about leveling the top of the dough to make it better finished?
  • It is imperative that you allow the cake to cool completely on a cooling rack if you plan to add frosting. Wait about ten to 15 minutes for the topping not to melt.


  • It may take more than 25 to 30 minutes for the cake to be done.
  • Never let the pan touch the bottom of the basket or the baking sheet. Otherwise it will be too hot.
  • If you choose to put pebbles in the basket, wash them before using them.

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