Saturday, 29 December 2012

How to Bake a Cake Without an Oven

 

I learnt everything about Baking without an oven from the only school that counts – “The school of Hard Knocks”. Thanks to the epileptic power supply and also being a typical Nigerian, learning to be innovative with ideas wasn’t a difficult task.
Now this method of baking without an oven is a method I've used over a gazillion times especially in the village where electricity and gas are scarce. The good thing about this method is, you wouldn't have to be bothered about power failure or having to open the electric oven door while the baking is going on in event of Nepa/Phcn magic as it could spell doom for the cake. Plus, it’s a very good way to save gas ;). The difference between this new pot baking method and the conventional Pot baking method with sand is there is no sand involved. I don’t know if it’s just me but sand makes whatever is being baked have a funny dusty taste. 

Utensils
1 aluminum pot (An old one preferably)

1 Flat aluminum plate or Baking pan


• Queen cake cups

• A Stove / Gas / Electric cooker

Procedure
Step 1: Place the pot on the burner ( Stove, Gas or electric cooker) and reduce to medium heat

Step 2: Turn the aluminum plate upside down and place in the pot if you are making large “whole” cakes. If you want to make cupcakes like in the pictures, you would have to substitute the Aluminum plate for a clean baking pan to get a larger surface area.


Step 3: Line your Queen cup cake pans with Baking Sheets. If you don't have baking sheets, you can simply grease the cup cake pans with little margarine and dust with flour. This would make the cakes come out easily once done. Scoop your batter into the cupcake pans.

Step 4: Place the cupcakes on top of the overturned baking pan and cover the pot.

Step 5: While baking, DON’T open the pot as this would make the cakes collapse. Only open when the baking time elapses (One sure way to know if the cake is ready is when the aroma starts filtering out).

Step 6: Here's the recipe for these chocolate raisin cupcakes i made. Also, subscribe to my RSS feeds, Like this page on facebook or bookmark this blog so you don't miss juicy  posts ;)
This is how the chocolate raisin cupcakes looked after icing.
Kitchen Notes:
• This method can be used for any type of baking. 

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125 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:13 am

    thanks a million

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  2. Hi Dobby, marry me?! Lol. Like your blog.

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    1. lol! thanks sommie :)

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  3. WOW, this is really cool & creative..it looks amazing & yummy! Happy new year wishing you all the best in all of your endeavors!

    P.s is that your photo at the right side of the blog? if it is you look very familiar did you go to high school at Kankon?

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    1. Yes i did attend Kankon :), thanks for the compliments. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

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  4. Anonymous3:26 pm

    I don't understand the information is so sketchy.
    How long is the baking time?
    Are you saying i should put an empty pot on the gas for 45mins if the recipe calls for that?
    please fill us in more and show us a picture of the cake in the pot ready to bake.

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    1. Yes Anon 15:26 i meant you should place the empty pot on the burner. it takes about 30-35mins to bake.I've outlined the procedure and recipe on how i made these chocolate cakes here >>>> http://dobbyssignature.blogspot.com/2013/01/chocolate-raisin-cupcakes.html

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  5. Nice jab dobby.am loving loving ya work. I trust that ya recipes and procedure will make me and ma wife a wonderfull sunday night.. We love cake..and it will be owesome to bake by our selves..gud jab. Thanks

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  6. Anonymous2:51 pm

    Dobby i love ur post,really makes things easier.can i use a new pot?and does it have to be alluminium i.e pot made with baking pan material,(alluminium).

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    1. Thanks anon!yes you can use a New aluminium pot like the one in the pic (Tower aluminium brand) but I wouldn't advise you to get any pot made with baking pan material as those types aren't durable(The bottom part erodes after one or two uses). Also, the baking pan pot doesn't conduct or retain the type of heat required for baking like the normal aluminium pot.you also wouldn't have to worry when using the normal pot as it wouldn't erode or get dirty.

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  7. Cool post! A great idea for those who want to bake and do not have an oven.

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    1. Thank you mama's dish. Glad you stopped by.

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  8. eN-Jay11:51 am

    Hey dobby. I luhv ur blog. I hv nva bakd soufflé b4 and I wnt to try it. I wuhz wndrn if ur baking a caking without an oven method would work for me. Plz I nid ur advice as quickly as posible. Danke!! Mucho graçias..merçi beacoup!

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    1. Thank you en-jay. Baking a cake without an oven would definitely work perfectly for you with the method above.

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  9. felly2:17 pm

    Am Kenyan and i just love this blog. i have been trying to find out how to bake a cake without an oven since i do not own one to no avail. after reading this ill definately try it out. good work

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  10. Love to try this. I also made a chocolate cake without using an oven.

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    1. Its quite easy once you try it out

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  11. Anonymous8:22 am

    Hi Dobby, i was thrill when i saw u can bake cakes without sand bt with aluminium flat plate bt can a stainless flat plate be use cos this days u can hardly see dat kind of plate. Keep on with the good work thanks

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    1. Sure it can anon. Plus, stainless and aluminium are interchangeable terms for almost the same thing in nigeria :). You should check the local markets for the plate cos they are every where.

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  12. So thrilled to see this.
    Can I just place my stainless baking pan normally inside the pot when am making a big pan cake or do I need to over-turn as you described and then place the main pan ontop?
    Can I also use this method for meatpie? Please help

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    1. If you are making a big pan cake, its advisable to place an overturned 'stainless plate' into the pot before placing the big baking pan with cake mixture on top of it. The overturned baking pan is used when you need a larger surface area for your baking. And Yes...you can use this method for meat pie too.

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  13. Anonymous9:44 am

    I'm really glad to see this.
    So If I want a larger surface area, I would have have to use an overturned baking pan. Does this mean the baking pan has to be flat?

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    1. Yes it has to be flat.

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    2. Anonymous8:56 am

      Hi Dobby, you're doing a great job here! Please can I use this procedure to bake bread as well because I love homebaked bread? I f yes can I use a stainless bowl in place of a baking pan? thanks

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    3. thank you anon. Yes you can use this procedure for any type of baking including Bread baking. You and also Place your bread pan on a small stainless bowl instead of a baking pan.

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  14. Oh Dobby, this is so cool...hope I can repost this on facebook. This is ingenious.Well done Nne, the school of hard knocks is the best skool anytime jare..lol

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    1. Sure you can Nky :D. Tha school of hard knocks sure is the best teacher. Thanks.

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  15. HI DOBBY. I LOVE YOUR METHOD. ITS EASY. BUT CAN I ASK YOU, IF I CAN SUBSTITUTE THE ALUMINIUM POT/PLATE FOR STAINLESS STEEL? I HOPE ITS NOT A STUPID QUESTION. JUST NEED A LOVELY LADY LIKE YOU TO CLEAR MY DOUBT.

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    1. Hello sushant,
      Your question isn't stupid at all. The answer is yes you can :). The only type of pot I wouldn't advice any1 to use is the type made with Zinc material (Baking pan material). The flat plate in the picture is a stainless steel plate.

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  16. Anonymous4:44 am

    sushant said your idea was good. he loves it

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  17. Tried this using a coal pot!!!! The result was fantastic. I haven't stopped baking since then LOL

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    1. Really? I've never tried using a coal pot before but would try it out to see how it goes. Thanks Fluffycutething :)

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  18. Anonymous1:38 pm

    WOW! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS EYE OPENER! WAS ALREADY THINKING OF WHERE TO GET WHITE SAND TO USE.THAT SCHOOL YOU TALKED ABOUT IS THE REAL SCHOOL OH! THE ONE INSIDE FOUR WALLS NE MELODRAMA

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    1. Thanks Anon! The school Of hard Knocks is definitely the real school of inventions :)

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  19. Anonymous10:24 am

    wow ..tnx

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  20. Anonymous11:32 am

    Pls dear, Does the size of the stainless plate matter with the size of baking pan expecially the large size

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    1. Hi Anon! The size of the stainless plate doesn't really matter as long as it wouldn't topple the baking pan over Once it's placed on top.

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  21. Anonymous10:21 pm

    Thanks dobby you're the best.I'm a potential baker and I would love to learn more from you.pls I'd like to knw how to ice a cake using butter icing.I don't knw if you can help. My sister's bday is coming up soon and I want to bake a cake for her. Its goin to be my very first cake. Pls help me get a good start. Jenny.

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    1. Hi Jenny, Thanks for stopping by. Butter icing is really simple to make. for the ingredients and utensils, you'd need:
      Ingredients: Icing Sugar, Butter Or Margarine, Flavor Essence (Such as vanilla, coconut, Butterscotch e.t.c, Colouring
      Utensils: Electric Mixer Or a Wooden spatula, Icing pump/piping bag
      To make butter Icing,
      Place the Butter in a mixing bowl and mix with the Mixer/spatula till it softens a little. Sieve the Icing sugar into the bowl and Mix thoroughly with the butter(An electric mixer would be preferable) till the combination looks pale and fluffy. Add the Flavoring and drops of the color you intend using and cream the mixture till it gets really smooth. Spread the mixture over the cake and you are good to go. You can also add the mixture into an Icing Pump/ piping Bag and pipe round the cake for a cleaner look and more decorative look.

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  22. Anonymous12:41 pm

    Pls its quite urgent! How many minutes does this pot method take? Am mixing right now so I need d answer straight away. Tnx sugar!

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    1. Hi Anon! It takes about 30-35mins for cupcakes but for whole cakes, it takes more time. Do click on the "Chocolate raisin cupcakes" Hyper link to View the procedure

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  23. Anonymous11:14 pm

    I used enough ingredients but my cake came out hard on the outside. Could u pls help me on dat?

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    1. hi Anon! That's probably because you used a lot of flour. Try taking the accurate measurements of the ingredients. Also make sure you whisk the eggs thoroughly and also beat the butter or margarine till pale and fluffy.

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  24. Anonymous5:36 pm

    Nice work Dobby. I was also attended d school of "hard knocks" lol. Agree wit u on sand issue so usually use stones carefully arranged to avoid bevel cake. Nde me o.jisie ike o na di mkpa.

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  25. Anonymous1:29 pm

    Need I say I love u? Mmuah! U saved my baking passion. I just developed in learning 2bake, and I don't have an oven yet, thank you. But is dere need to add water to the pot at all? Thank you again!

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  26. Anonymous1:31 pm

    Need I say I love u? Mmuah! U saved my baking passion. I just developed in learning 2bake, and I don't have an oven yet, thank you. But is dere need to add water to the pot at all? Thank you again!

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    1. You are welcome Anon. No you don't need to add water to the pot.

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    2. Anonymous4:44 pm

      Hi ms dobby, i just want a follow up question with the pot,, does the pot doesn't burned because it has no water inside??

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  27. Anonymous2:13 pm

    pls i have searched for the queen cups but haven't found any, can i use a stainless plate same size as d cake cups?

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    1. No you can't use stainless plates else your cake might not get properly done, it might stick to the pan or worse still, get burnt

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  28. Anonymous8:53 am

    hi,Dobby,thanks for ur post,will u put sand bf d stainless plate,or just d plate

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    1. Just the plate dear. You don't need sand for this method.

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  29. Anonymous9:20 am

    its really a good one looks delicious yummy.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback anon :)

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  30. I baked cupcakes and birthday cakes using that method. Very delicious! Thanks Dobby

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  31. Hi Dobby, I baked cupcakes and birthday cakes using that method too. It's very handy and the cakes taste just delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Awww!!! Thank you too sheba :)

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  32. Anonymous11:45 am

    Wow! what a revolution..truly amazing..i baked a large ck and cupcks and i used a pan instead of d steel plate for d large ck.d cupcks came out realy fine,bt d large one burnt n had a funny taste @ d top.I also use calendar paper as a base after oiling my pan n it doesnt burn in my oven.bt this got burnt.u hav any idea why?

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    1. Now this is confusing :s... the steel plate is meant to be a base where you could place your pan and not to be baked in. Also, you shouldn't have baked with calender paper :s. This is what you should do when next you bake...grease the pan with butter (If you aren't using baking sheets) and sprinkle with flour so it'd coat the greased pan. this is to ensure it comes out easily once the cake is done. If you are using baking sheets, you DON'T need to grease the pan cos it'd come out easily on its own. On a final note....PLEASE, don't use calender paper next time dear, aii' :).

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  33. Wow! Dis z so so nyc。 bt pls dearie I wanna knw how lng d pot will b on fire b4 u put in d cakes

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  34. Wow! Dis z so so nyc。 bt pls dearie I wanna knw how lng d pot will b on fire b4 u put in d cakes

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    1. You could leave the pot on fire for 10mins on low heat (blue flame) b4 putting the cakes.

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  35. Anonymous11:11 pm

    Hello Dobby, nice blog.
    One question though, isn't the pot gonna be filled with smoke and blackened if it's heated for over 45mins? P.S I haven't baked before, so I hope it isn't a stupid question.

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    1. Hi Anon!
      No question is stupid :). No the pot wouldn't be filled with smoke and blackened if you do it the right way. Before you bake, make sure the burner has blue flame (Not red flame) meaning you have to reduce the temperature to medium or low if you have to. That way, your pot wouldn't darken or smoke.

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  36. Anonymous12:14 am

    Hello dobby, how do you handle the smoke that comes with placing an empty pot on fire for long while pre-heating and during baking? I'm quite confused about that. Hope my question isn't dumb.I know next to nothing about baking.

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    1. Hi Anon!
      your question isn't dumb :). Before you bake, make sure the burner has blue flame (Not red flame) meaning you have to reduce the temperature to medium or low if you have to. That way, your pot wouldn't darken or smoke.

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  37. Anonymous12:16 am

    Hello Dobby.nice blog

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  38. looks very lovely. i am new here btw. i am definitely trying this for this festive season. thanks a lot. do u mind adding "calorie content" to ur recipes especially for those of us trying to eat healthier. thanks xoxoxo.

    Kenechukwu
    www.slimqueenie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yayy!!! three cheers for the first time visitor :). Do let us know how it goes once you try it out k. for the calorie content, would do some research and see how it goes.

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  39. Anonymous2:49 pm

    Good work dobby keep it up.Plz can u teach me how to make fondant icing on a birthday cake.plz the recipts n steps.nne thx.

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    1. Hi Anon, would try to do a post on that.

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  40. Anonymous6:26 pm

    Hello Dearie, its a nice work you are doing. Its simply fantastic, i only did a search on how to make buns though i got some other ones but your blog is fantastic. Thanks for offering these service for free, hope you are maximizing the opportunity offered by such a platform.

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    1. Awww!!! Thank you too Anon :).

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  41. I dig this girl... Amma cook for u... When u come visiting one day

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    1. would love to tryout your meals :)...

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  42. Anonymous3:40 am

    Hi! :) I dont have any baking pan or aluminum plate in our house :( is there anything I can use? Thanks for answering ♡

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    1. Hi anon,

      There's nothing else i can think of at the moment.

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  43. Anonymous3:13 pm

    Hey dear, can I use German silver plate instead of stainless steel bottom plate?

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    1. As long as it doesn't burn or melt, yes you can.

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  44. Anonymous5:56 pm

    Hi DOBBY, you have a great blog and I really love what you do here. Please continue this great work. I want to bake but I don't have oven so my search brought me here (1st time).
    It feels great to find such practical yet simple technique like this, thanks a lot. I intend to try it, though I feel a bit worried about my result.
    I just want to know if that may damage the aluminum/stainless steel pot faster and if I can still use the pot for normal cooking afterwards. Please reply.
    I will post the result when I have tried it :-) hope it will be good

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    1. hello Anon,
      Thanks for the compliments, i really do appreciate :). i learnt how to bake with a pot back in the uni. we rarely had power supply and large cookers such as gas/electric ovens was seen as contraband so i had to make do with what i had which was the aluminium pot and several others(Zinc pots inclusive). From my experience, the best type of pot to use is the aluminum/ stainless steel pot (just like the tower aluminum brand ....This is not an advert but just stating the obvious). it doesn't wear or get damaged no matter what you do. Infact, when you are done baking, it'd look just as clean as it was before you started baking especially if you use a good burner (such as;gas burner,electric cooker, a good stove) with blue flame (of course if you use a kerosene stove that automatically adjusts itself to give the red flame, you might have to scrub the hell outta the back of the pot with an iron sponge :).). Plus, you can also resume your normal cooking with that same pot. Hope this helps.

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    2. Anonymous3:27 pm

      Hi DOBBY,

      Thanks for replying, my question is well answered :-) I am so excited about this idea you know and the week end is there, perfect time for baking. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again :-)

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    3. you are welcome dear, anytime :)

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    4. Anonymous4:56 pm

      Hi DOBBY,

      As I promised I baked using this method and yes the pot and the plate were all fine as you said:-) I am so happy with that.
      I baked the cake for 45mn but it was not cooked inside, sticky when eaten. The bottom and the side were good though. I switched to low heat because the flame turned yellow at some point and I was afraid it would be too hot. Any suggestion? Please help, I really want to be able to bake something.

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    5. Hi Anon!
      Thanks for the feedback. I'd suggest you use a stove which doesn't automatically regulate itself so that the heat produced would be constant thereby making the end result perfect.

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    6. Anonymous3:20 pm

      Hi DOBBY, thanks for the reply. I'll try next time.

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    7. Do let us know how it goes :)

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  45. Anonymous1:43 pm

    Hello Dobby, I love your blog. Thanks for sharing all these great stuffs.
    How do you do this with charcoal fire then, I mean regulating the temperature on low or medium? I hope it's not a stupid question. Thanks

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    1. Hi Anon!
      Thanks for the compliments. Sincerely, this is not a stupid question.but since i've never tried using charcoal fire, i really do not have an answer to that. Once i do, i'd let you know.

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  46. Hi dobby, iv been searching 4 an alternative baking method asides the common sand method and I must say ur invention is brilliant.....I'm so excited bout it. Big thanks 2 you!!

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  47. Hi dobby,I've been searching 4 an alternative baking method asides the common sand method nd I must say ur invention is brilliant.......seriously u saved the day 4 me I now bake conveniently....

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    1. Awww!!! Thanks tinu :). Do let us know how it goes once you do try it out k.

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  48. Anonymous10:31 am

    Hi dobbys, pls I wnt to ask u if I want to bake much cake is nt better to use d sand method . Ad my next question is dis how can I soften my foundat

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    1. Hi Anon,
      To soften your fondant, try kneading with your bare hands and by doing this the warmth of your skin would help in softening it. To make it easier, add a little vegetable shortening and keep kneading. Put it in a microwave for not more than 10 seconds, bring it out and knead again till you get a soft pliable dough. Make sure you keep it covered at all times else it'd crack or become crumbly. For the cake, you don't need sand at all if you intend using a pot. If you are baking plenty cupcakes (For large whole cakes, you can only bake 1 at a time), Use a baking pan turned upside down to get a larger surface area. you don't need sand at all. Hope this helps.

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  49. hi dobby, thanks so much for this. can the smallest cup of tin tomatoes be alternated for the stainless plate? and also i want to make cookies but dont have an oven, i need to improvise, pls what should i do?

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    1. hello dakween,
      yes the smallest pot of tin tomatoes can be alternated for stainless plate. Just recently while teaching some secondary school students this baking method, we Used small stones instead of stainless plate and it turned out fantastic. you could bake cookies in a pot. a baking pan could serve as your baking sheet. Do let me know how it goes k.

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  50. Elsie6:43 am

    Hey doby am from kenya and thanks for the tip i tried it out and the bottom and sides was nicely done funny enough so was the inside but the top was not cooked...how do i make sure it cooks properly...thanks a million

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    1. Hi elsie,
      Glad to have you here :). To ensure the top of the Cake bakes properly, just reduce the burner and leave the pot covered so that the heat would circulate. This would in turn make the cake top get done without stress.

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  51. I learnt to bake cake with electric cooker. I used granite stones or sand bit I hate using sand cos I believed peeps spit alot on sand. I never knew bout stainless plate. Sometimes I use coal when I'm in d village. It is d end that justifies d means here in naija, person just have to find an alternative if the desire able isn't available.

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    1. The end surely justifies the means. I've also used granite and it turned out just as fine as stainless plate too. Thanks for the addition Nkem :)

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  52. Anonymous3:51 pm

    Hello dobby, do i need to add water to the pot when i am baking the cupcakes?

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    1. Hi Anon,
      No you wouldn't need to add water to the pot. The pot should be left bare.

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  53. Thanks alot I've really learnt alot

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  54. Thanks alot I've really learnt alot

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    1. Thank you too chidinma. i'm glad you found this site useful :)

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  55. Anonymous6:57 pm

    pls wont the cake taste funny somehow with this method.

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  56. No it wouldn't. This is even better than the sand method.

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  57. Anonymous6:29 pm

    pls abt the butter icing u talked abt above pls how do we spread it on the cake pls explain

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    1. you spread it with a spatula or icing pump.

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  58. Anonymous3:28 pm

    between topper and simas which is better for baking?

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    1. They are both good. Topper is sold in buckets and simas is sold in economically affordable sachets.

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  59. Anonymous7:00 pm

    pls is vitali margarine good for baking? I need urgent reply pls.

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    1. I've never used the product.

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  60. This is my first time visiting...and iAm very glad iStumbled upon your blog. You make cooking look very easy. Keep inspiring. God bless you. xx

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    1. Thanks shugaandspyce :). God bless you too.

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  61. Anonymous6:00 am

    Hi Dobby, can I bake on hot plate? Can this method go for 14 inch pan?

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    1. Yes you can bake on hot plate and you can use a 14inch pan as long as the pot being used can contain it. Hot plate takes a longer time though.

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