Baking a cake in an oven is the most popular method, but there are lots of other ways to prepare a cake. If you don’t have access to a microwave, you can still make a cake using a stove and a pot.
What you get is an oven-baked Nigerian cake, but more fluffy and moist.
Using sand and foil actually maintains the pot and is neat too. Baking via oven actually consumes more gas than baking in a pot on the burners. Even when one has an oven, baking in a pot with sand really saves gas because less is consumed.
How to Make Nigerian Cake with Stove (without Oven)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 sachet baking margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 8 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 aluminium pot (An old one preferably)
- 1 Flat aluminium plate or Baking pan
- Queen cake cups
- A Stove / Gas / Electric cooker
Important points to note
- Place the pot on the burner (Stove, Gas or electric cooker) and reduce to medium heat.
- Turn the aluminium plate upside down and place in the pot if you are making large “whole” cakes. If you want to make cupcakes, you would have to substitute the Aluminium plate for a clean baking pan to get a larger surface area.
- 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.
- Place the cupcakes or your Nigerian cake on top of the overturned baking pan and cover.
1: Place a rack or stand in a big heavy EMPTY pot. Make sure the pot is dry and completely clean otherwise if it has any oil or water it will smoke.
2: Cover the pot with a tight lid and turn the heat on high for 5 minutes. This is to pre-heat the pot in preparation for the cake.
3: Open the pot, careful it will be hot in there. Place your cake pan gently on the rack/stand.
4: Cover the pot once more and let the cake start baking! First keep the heat on high for 5 minutes, then lower it to medium and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. This is for an 8″ Nigerian cake size; it will take slightly more time if the cake is larger or less time if it is smaller.
Pro Tip: 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).
5: Open the pan after the baking period, and check if the cake is done. The top will be solid and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake will come out clean.
6: Turn the cake over on a rack gently and remove the greaseproof paper.
7: Place a knife under the cake and lift it. The cake would literally bend just with the lift of a knife-tip. It is proof to show that your Nigerian Cake is THAT soft!
8: Once the cake is cooled, flip it over.
Serve and enjoy with chilled drink of your choice.
If you’ve got diabetes or you are overweight, don’t be too fast to hop onto the Nigerian Cake train. The sugar, fats and oils present in the confectionery makes it a no-no for those with these health issues.
Video: How to Make Nigerian Cake without an Oven
Health Benefits of Nigerian Cake
Rich in Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fibre
Flour and sugar used in baking a cake are sources of carbohydrates and we already know that carbohydrates provide energy to our body. Milk present in the cake provides proteins and calcium. Some fruits like apples, pineapples, and bananas are rich in fibre and these fruits are present in fruit cakes and some other cakes as well.
Increases Serotonin & Endorphin Levels
A slice of chocolate cake for instance, can easily let you handle a bout of anxiety as chocolates and nuts can effectively increase the serotonin and endorphin levels in a short span of time.
Helps in Beating Depression
Experts have proved the fact that nutritious present in a cake can help in making you happy and acts as a catalyst in beating depression. It comforts you and stops you being upset. So serve yourself a slice of cake and enjoy a slice of bliss too!
Makes you Slim
Hard to believe right? Nigerian cake is very great for losing weight but the only condition is you have to eat a slice of cake in the morning only to improve your metabolism. It’s an afternoon tea time affair.
A study conducted a few years ago showed eating a dessert as part of a balanced 600-calorie breakfast helped dieters lose weight, with a lower chance of piling the pounds back on than those who were not having a sneaky breakfast pudding. It’s all about metabolism early in the day being more active than later.
Rich in Fats and Oils
Cakes are the source of Fats and Oils too. Fats and oils give you the energy and warmth.
To sum it up, cakes have all the necessary nutrients for our body. If you are still not convinced of the benefits, God knows what else can. But I think these details would suffice. Apart from the nutritious, we all love cakes for being so yummy.
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