Friday, December 28, 2012

How To Bake Cake Without An Oven

 baking cake in a cooking pot
 Christmas cakes baked with firewood and a cooking pot
 Enjoying the firewood and cooking pot Christmas Cake
 Christmas Cake ready to bake in the pot
Dear Diary,
The girls and I tried to save gas in the village by baking with firewood. Everyone that ate the cake complimented it. I did not eat though because I am really struggling with reduction of my sugar intake. Visitors and family enjoyed the cake.
We did the mixing together, but the girls designed their cake. Baking this cake was fun as we are all amateur and relied on tips by my SIL for the icing. 

*After mixing the icing sugar with margarine, it was poured in a perforated cellophane (bread) bag and pressed out through the tiny opening to form the designs and writings on the cake.*

Everything about these cakes was done manually. After baking the first, there was still batter as shown in this picture, so we had to bake a second. 

It is a very simple cake with just few ingredients.


  • Flour
  • eggs
  • margarine
  • sugar
  • salt
  • vanilla essence
  • Icing sugar
  • A heart shaped baking pan
  1. The margarine and sugar were mixed together by just stirring anticlockwise  with a wooden spoon. We continued to stir until the mixture became soft and fluffy.
  2. Added a few drops of vanilla essence while stirring.
  3. The beaten eggs were added, gradually folding them in.
  4. A lil drop of the baking powder and a tiny pinch of salt were added to the sieved flour before it  gradually added to the batter with continuous stirring.
  5. Two dessert spoon fulls of honey were added because my girl wanted a honey Christmas cake.
  6. The baking pan is greased before pouring in the batter.
  7. The pot has been on the fire before we started mixing, so, by now it is very hot ( A lil plate is under the baking pan, instead of sand as is normally done when baking in a pot. I prefer a plate under and not sand).
  8. We baked until a tooth pick can go in and come out dry.
Dear Diary, I do not take cooking too seriously so, I do not go with the norm most times. I am interested in the outcome. Whatever method gives me great results, I go with it. 

The reason there are no measurements here is because the quantity of sugar given is always too much for my liking. I have been baking cakes for my kids for years now. I just weigh with my eyes and when I feel it is Ok, I go on with the cooking or baking. I guess I am a bit lazy when it comes to measurements. The consolation is that the cakes are for family consumption and because no one complains, I feel like I am getting it right.

Was very skeptical about the addition of honey but the girl insisted. To my surprise, it came out great!
The baking powder was a bit too much I guess, so the bursting of the cake testifies. 
People eat this cake and ask for more, even when I tell them it was baked with firewood.

The tip to place an aluminium saucer between the pot and baking pan was given by my Atibabes. The pot and baking pan have no contact as the pan is sitting on the saucer. This saucer covers the bottom of the pot and so helps to retain the heat from under the pot. Happy Celebration!



  1. I think you must be a brilliant cook Eya, and judging by the photos and the compliments the cakes must have tasted wonderful.

  2. awesome. one question though? Does the pot not get damaged because of the dry heat?

    1. No it doesn't! The girls wanted a cake and were ready to wash after baking. It has been washed with detergents and scouring powder.
      It has taken over an hour to be able to publish this reply. For those I can't respond to, I'm so sorry about village internet connection. Will resume back to normal blogging once I set foot in Abuja.

    2. We baked three New Year cakes, one after the other in one pot without break. I guess the heat and stress was too much for the poor pot and it had to shed a tear. I hear Iron pots are the best for this job because they never complain.

  3. You ve done well to ensure the children get some cake no matter what, and I think this is great!

  4. Aww how cute! Family bonding moments :)

  5. Brillant!
    trust we 9jas!*thumbs up* ahahaha.
    Compliments of the seaseon sistah :D

  6. awww!!! you read my mind pretty good. i was thinking about pot baking just a few minutes ago.

  7. I learnt in school in the absense of oven to bake with sand in order to maintain the pot. Now both you and Dobby have shown that aluminium plates will work too. Nice one. I often don't measure my baking ingredients too :)

  8. Dear Aunty Eya,

    is it alright to add some water to the batter, what of adding milk also.

    1. My dear don't add water, except if you want to chew your cake like moi moi. Milk has water so, I didn't add to mine o.

  9. can stove b used too?

  10. I am not so much interested in all these flour recipes because of sugar in them. pls is there any substitute without sugar?

    1. You mean honey? You can bake banana cakes.

  11. Hello. Was the pot covered while pre-heating it? If it was, how do you deal with the smoke that comes with placing an empty pot on fire for a long time? Also I assume the pot was covered while baking, right? Nice blog btw

    1. Good question. you read my mind

    2. There was sand under the pot while pre-heating and baking, so it didn't smoke at all.

    3. The second time I baked in a pot, sand was used, so the baking pan sat on sand. With this I didn't see smoke.

  12. AnonymousJune 19, 2015

    How long did it take to bake?

  13. AnonymousJuly 13, 2015

    Please can I use a plastic plate

    1. Funny question


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