Pressure cookers can cook all sorts of foods, providing dishes ranging from fish to pasta, and every imaginable type of meat.
The simplicity of using a pressure cooker has caused a recent surge in pressure cooker sales, as well as an increase in pressure cooker recipe books and blogs.
There is, however, some debate as to whether or not a pressure cooker is capable of baking cakes. While it is not recommended on a regular basis, it is possible to do so.
This article will present six easy to follow steps on how to bake a cake in a pressure cooker.
Step 1: Choose a simple recipe
As with any experiment, it is best to keep the first attempt simple. Choose a cake recipe that requires few ingredients and few steps to bake.
You want your first recipe to be simple so that you don’t lose too much time and effort if your first attempt isn’t quite successful.
The more familiar you become with how your pressure cooker performs in this area, the more complex your cakes can become.
Step 2: Use the right size cooker
Using a 3 liter pressure cooker should be sufficient, but a 5 liter cooker is preferable. Larger cookers can be used, but 5 liters is the most recommended size.
Step 3: Prepare the cooker
The rubber gasket and the whistle will not be necessary in the baking of your cake. Thus, remove the gasket and do not use the whistle. Also, unlike other recipes, do not add any water to your pressure cooker.
Additionally, if your cooker came with a stand, place that stand inside.
Otherwise, place something else inside that will raise the cake off of the bottom of the cooker, allowing for a more even heat distribution during baking.
Step 4: Preheat
You will need to preheat your pressure cooker just as you would a regular oven.
Place the lid on the cooker, without the gasket, and put on a high heat for 2 minutes. Also, remember to NOT add any water.
Step 5: Place cake pan inside
Assuming you have prepared your cake batter as per the recipe, put the batter into a cake pan, making sure the cake pan is small enough to fit into your pressure cooker without touching the sides.
If the pan touches the sides, this will affect how the pan heats, and could potentially burn parts of the cake.
Step 6: Bake
The final step is to set your pressure cooker to bake your cake. Once you have set the cake pan inside the cooker, close the lid and heat on a medium setting for 5 minutes.
After it has heated for 5 minutes, reduce the heat to a low setting. Your cake will simmer at this setting for approximately 45-60 minutes.
There are concerns over the strain baking a cake can have on a pressure cooker. However, as long as you don’t do it very often, there is no real danger inherent.
Following the six steps in this article will help you achieve a perfect cake, each and every time.