Can You Bake a Cake in a Toaster Oven?

Published on
March 10, 2021
Chocolate Cake

Are you baking a cake for the first time? Or, do you want a little cake for the tea party this afternoon? Sure, the big kitchen oven is always there, but have you ever wondered whether you can bake a cake in a toaster oven?

Well sure you can easily bake a cake in a toaster oven. Did you think the “bake” option was there just for the fun of it?

Yes, it is super easy to bake a cake in a toaster oven. But, that is not what you are looking for, right? You’re probably wondering about the challenges of baking a cake in a toaster oven. Well, let me tell you... one of the issues is that it gets burned from below. 

Today, we'll be telling you a foolproof way to make a cake that cooks perfectly, like one baked in a traditional oven.

Step-by-step Cooking Guide

Let’s get to work! First of all, you will need to gather the supplies.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven 

The first step is to preheat the toaster oven. Let it reach a temperature of around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Pro Tip: It will take a good 10 minutes to heat well. If your toaster oven is not showing the temperature, go ahead and insert a thermometer inside and check. 

An unevenly baked cake or a burnt cake is most commonly caused by the oven toaster not achieving the right temperature. 

Step 2: Gather Supplies

  • Butter
  • Cake batter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toothpick / Oven thermometer / Cake tester 
  • Broiler pan
  • Mitts 

Step 3: Butter the Pan

While the toaster oven is getting hot, you can prepare the pan and grease it.

Pro Tip: Use butter to grease the pan. This will add some delicious butter flavor to the cake.

Step 4: Fill Up the Pan

This is my favorite part. The batter should now be poured into the pan.

Pro Tip: NEVER fill the pan more than 2/3rd full. This is one mistake people tend to make. This does not leave room for the cake to rise and either it spills out of it does not get fluffy. So, don’t fill it all the way up.

Step 5: Put the Pan in the Oven

Be very careful when you do this. It is better to wear mitts to prevent any sort of burns when you put the pan inside.

Pro Tip: Open the door as little as possible and for a fraction of a second. Put the pan inside quickly and close the door ASAP.

Step 6: Check the Batter 

It is very important to keep an eye on your cake. Once it is halfway done, the batter will start to rise. At this moment, turn the cake around to almost 180 degrees. This will ensure that the cake bakes evenly from all the sides.

Step 7: Cover it

Usually, you will not come across this step. But, it’s a real lifesaver. When the top is cooked and you can see the firmness, open the toaster and cover it with a layer of foil.

This will ensure your cake does not burn from the top while it cooks from the middle.

There’s some real “outside the box” thinking for you!

Step 8: Test the Cake 

Once you think the cake is done, check it. If you have a cake tester, then use it, but a simple toothpick will also work just fine. 

Pro Tip: If it comes out completely clean, then it is done, otherwise, give it a few more minutes. 

Step 9: Take It Out 

When you take out the cake, let it sit for a while. Once it has cooled off, you can take it out of the pan.

Step 10: Icing

Now it's time to spread some delicious icing on the cake. Get out your favorite color/flavor and smother that cake in it!

Step 11: Taste Testing!

Cutting Cake

You're now at the best part, the taste test! Cut a small piece of cake off and enjoy all your hard work.

Tips and Tricks to Bake a Perfect Cake Using a Toaster Oven

We've got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you get that perfect spongy cake ready fast.

Find the Hot Spots 

You probably never thought of this, but finding the hot spots inside your toaster oven is one handy little trick. No, no, we aren’t telling you to put your hand inside it. All you need is oatmeal or bread crumbs.

Spread a layer of bread crumbs/oatmeal on the pan. Now, put it inside a hot toaster. Leave it for a few minutes and take it out.

You can easily detect the hot spots. Some places the bread crumbs will be more roasted; at some places they might even be burnt and less roasted from other places.

If you know where the hot spots are, you can avoid them while baking.

Choose the Pan Wisely 

Dark pans tend to absorb heat more than light-colored ones. Even heavy pans do the same. So, it is better to go for light-colored ones because the dark and heavy ones tend to crack the cake. 

Chocolate Cakes Burn Easier

Did you know that cakes which have a large quantity of chocolate are prone to scorching? When baked a chocolate cake, you should reduce the temperature provided by the recipe by about 25 degrees. 

Things to Look Out For 

Even though it is very simple to bake a cake in a toaster oven, keep an eye on the following things:

  • The height of the cake. Yes, it should not be super close to the heating elements of the toaster oven. You could end up burning the cake.
  • Bake smaller batches. You can’t bake a full size cake in the toaster oven
  • Keep an eye out for the hot spots and regularly turn the cake to avoid burning it.

Conclusion

Now that you are equipped with all the information you need to know how to bake a cake in a toaster oven, when are you going to give it a try?

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