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Steamed Chocolate Cake - Easy Cake Recipes

steamed chocolate cake recipe

Steamed chocolate cake recipe, how to make chocolate cake without OTG oven, step by step pictures.

Steamed chocolate cake is a boon to those who does not have an oven or for those of you living alone. Imagine that even if you do not have an oven; you can bake a cake in your idli steamer or appachembu (steamer), how cool is that??

 At the beginning of monsoon; we had our share of power failures and on one such day; my kids wanted a cake and this steamed chocolate cake was born. The steamer/appachembu became a lifesaver for me ...baking/steaming my cake to perfection. Last year when one such power failure happened; I got the chance to bake cake in my pressure cooker and take pics for you...well, I do believe everything happens for a reason.

Remember my last post, the best chocolate buttercream recipe, I actually made that frosting to frost the steamed chocolate cake and let me tell you; my kids devoured it.

Amma used to make cakes in the appachembu (traditional Kerala steamer) and when I asked her how she used to do; she told me that she used to cover the cake tin with something which these days can be done with the aluminium foil. The first time I made the cake in the steamer; I actually forgot to cover the cake with a foil or plate. The cake rose well and I liked the texture also; then second time I covered with the foil; the texture I noticed was, that the cake was a bit moist (I have included the pic in the last of the step by step).

Now the cake without covering with the foil was perfect for icing (it was almost similar to a cake baked in an OTG oven). The picture above is the cake baked without the foil; since my kids like a "chocolate moist" sort of cake, I poked holes all over and drizzled my homemade chocolate syrup and sprinkled some chocolate sprinklers.

The pic below is of the cake steamed covered with foil; but the center has sunken a little so I rectified with the perfect chocolate buttercream frosting.

steamed chocolate cake recipe


If you plan to cover with foil, remember to grease it or else the cake with stick to it....so, which one you making with foil or without??

How to make steamed chocolate cake with step by step recipe.

Place the cake tin over the butter paper (parchment paper) and draw a circle around the base and cut the paper into circle. Lightly grease the pan with butter/oil and place the paper in the bottom of the can pan/tin. This prevents the cake from sticking to the bottom.
To make homemade buttermilk add 1 tbsp vinegar into 1 cup milk and keep aside for 5 mins, it will curdle and is ready to use.
steamed chocolate cake 1

In a large bowl, add in the sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla essence. With a handheld beater or whisk, cream/beat it until pale.
steamed chocolate cake 2

Once the mix is pale and fluffy, add in the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
steamed chocolate cake 3

Pour in half of the buttermilk and lightly mix, then add the remaining buttermilk.
steamed chocolate cake recipe 1

Cream/fold lightly (do not overmix) scraping the sides. Pour into the greased and lined cake pan. Place it on the steamer (remember to heat the steamer with some water and when you place the cake tin; steam should start to come). Place the steamer lid and cook on medium to low flame for 30-40 mins. After about, 30 mins you can open and check with a tooth pick (tooth pick inserted in the center should come out clean).
If you prefer to cover the cake pan with foil; grease the foil and cover with greased side down.
steamed chocolate cake recipe 2

Remove from the steamer once the cake is done and allow it to cool down. The cake on the first pic is steamed without the foil and the second one with the foil....which one do you prefer?
steamed chocolate cake recipe 3

Overall, the cake came out perfect and am very satisfied with end result.

Do check out Chocolate Poke Cake Recipe.

Steamed Chocolate Cake Recipe


PREP TIME: 5 mins    |  COOK TIME: 40 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  steamed chocolate cake recipe  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Oil: 1 tbsp
  • Egg: 1
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
  • Milk: 1 cup (plus 1 tbsp vinegar to make buttermilk substitute)
  • Salt: A fat pinch
  • Baking soda: 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Cocoa powder: 4 tbsp
  • Flour/Maida: 1 cup


  METHOD:

  1. Place the cake tin over the butter paper (parchment paper) and draw a circle around the base and cut the paper into circle. Lightly grease the pan with butter/oil and place the paper in the bottom of the can pan/tin. This prevents the cake from sticking to the bottom.
  2. To make homemade buttermilk add 1 tbsp vinegar into 1 cup milk and keep aside for 5 mins, it will curdle and is ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, add in the sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla essence. With a handheld beater or whisk, cream/beat it until pale.
  4. Once the mix is pale and fluffy, add in the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Pour in half of the buttermilk and lightly mix, then add the remaining buttermilk.
  6. Cream/fold lightly (do not overmix) scraping the sides. Pour into the greased and lined cake pan. Place it on the steamer (remember to heat the steamer with some water and when you place the cake tin; steam should start to come). Place the steamer lid and cook on medium to low flame for 30-40 mins. After about, 30 mins you can open and check with a tooth pick (tooth pick inserted in the center should come out clean).
  7. If you prefer to cover the cake pan with foil.
  8. Remove from the steamer once the cake is done and allow it to cool down.
  9. Frost with my perfect buttercream frosting or simply drizzle homemade chocolate syrup.

NOTES

  • When covering with foil paper; make sure you grease it with oil or butter and place the greased side down.
  • Befor placing the cake batter in the steamer; the steamer should be ready and hot with steam. Do not place in a cold steamer.
  • Instead of oil you can use melted butter.
  • I used an 8 inch cake pan.
  • Cooking time varies with stove; so it is better to check with a tooth pick after 30 mins. For me, it takes 40 mins for the steamed chocolate cake to get done.

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Comments

  1. Hi ...how do you bake cake in otg...is it heating the bottom rod alone or is it heating top and bottom rods together...can u pls explain...pls help

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    1. This cake is made in a steamer; oven is not needed.

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    2. Yea....I wanted to try your never fail cake n had posted this query there...u dint respond...thats y I posted the query here:). Thnx for replying Nisha! The cakes I made in micro convec mode were much softer. I bought otg last week only....but the cake I made in otg is not soft. Can u explain in detail pls...time, temp etc

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    3. Pls preheat OTG oven before baking, normally for cakes its 180 degree C and baking time varies with the size of the cake pan...for an 8 inch round pan it may take about 30-40 mins and longer in loaf pans....hope this helps and happy baking!

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    4. Thnx a loooot Nisha....will try it soon n get bk : )...btw ur recipes r all awsm...thnx again for sharing them!

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  2. Can i make your plum cake in steamer (i like plum cake vy much)as i dnt own a otg oven. Hw much it cost? Which brand is good? Thanx

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