Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pressure Cooker Cake

I wanted to bake a cake for my hubby's birthday this year. Since I do not own an oven I was wondering how to go about making a cake. The advertisement for Pillsbury Homemade Cake played vaguely in my mind and I recalled that it involved a pressure cooker. The key to using a pressure cooker in baking is to omit placing water at the bottom.

The ingredients are pretty usual,however, the technique of cooking is not.

Refined flour [Maida] - 1 1/2 cups
Powdered sugar - 1 cup
Plain butter or refined oil - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Egg - 1
Cocoa powder - 3 heaped tablespoons
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

Just after I opened the lid:

Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder such that no lumps are seen.
Beat the egg and set aside.
Mix the sugar and butter into a fluffy mixture and add the beaten egg to this.
Fold in the flour with the egg mixture. Add milk if the batter becomes too thick.
Grease an aluminium tray and dust with flour. Pour the batter into this tray.
Place the cooker plate [the one with holes] into the cooker, but do not add water.
Heat the pressure cooker on high flame for 2 minutes.Place the tray with batter and close the cooker. Do not place vent.
Lower the heat after 2 minutes and cook for 40 minutes.
Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before opening the lid.

I know 54 minutes is a really long time to bake a cake, especially when an oven could do it in under 5 minutes. But it was worth the effort for the cake turned out soft and really tasty.


  1. Hi,

    I saw ur blog in foodie roll. Nice blog. I like your cake recipe. Happy blogging

  2. Hey Karthik,

    Glad to hear that...Thanks! :)

  3. That looks great!I've heard about baking using a pressure cooker, and I'm glad I saw you made this. I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  4. wow !!! looks yummy !!! shld taste wen i come to india :D

  5. thanks to all for your valuable comments!! :)

  6. this cake is really yummy..:) sis made it for me when i went to her place...:)...hope she could hav made an extra one to carry home wit me :P

  7. for all those who do not knw who my sis is..she happens to be the one who created thiss blog :)..seems like im lucky :)

  8. read all ur blogs:)...shud say that u r doing a GRT job - 'cookblogging' :)...well i have an OTG at home n it takes an hour for me to bake a cake...but yes in a microwave its a 5 min job...have never tried in a cooker!...but looking at your pics, i guess it does come out well :D...HAPPY 'COOKBLOGGING' NANDU...

  9. Thanks Shynara :)

    Seriously, just the thought of an hour of baking makes me lazy..but am going to get an oven soon...and then I can spoil myself more often :P


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