Has anyone tried to bake a cake on a barbecue grill? Looks interesting for family dessert on a hot summer day--but not something I'd like to do on a regular basis. I guess people who go camping must do this all the time.
I haven't tried it but have thought about it on many camping trips. The only I am worried about is the evenness of the temperature. I think you would get the best results in a dutch oven on a charcoal base.
We use to camp all the time when our kids were younger, but we never baked cake like this. Sounds interesting though! We did make cobbler, in a dutch oven, that we buried in the coals.
I haven't baked on a grill but have baked quite a bit on a stove on our boat. I have tried many things... a metal bowl in a pressure cooker, in a pan with a flame tamer, etc. I have best performance with a regular non-stick pan, with the flame as low as I can get it with a cover. I have done bread, brownies and cakes. Not such good luck with cookies though.
I've made pizza on the grill, which my family loves, but I haven't baked anything else. (We're still working on perfecting the pizza.)
I love this idea for those summer days when it's too hot to light the oven, and I MUST have cake. I found many more articles on the internet.
My sister's done it. She said it's not that hard, but she didn't reveal any details to me. I was too stunned to ask. LOL
A former pastor's wife use to bake on the grill. I'd never heard of it before until I saw her do it. They were remodeling their kitchen and she was using the grill to do all of her cooking. One of thier children had a birthday and she baked that cake on the grill. I never would have thought of doing it myself or even thought it possible.
I think the Cake Mix Doctor has a couple recipe's in her book, the original one, that use a cast iron skillet, might be perfect for the grill.
We do it all the time.... you can do it on your bar-b-q or in the fire pit if you have a rocky mountain pie cooker ( I put little lindt truffle chocolates in the middle of mine....sooooo gooey good)... its easy but remeber, its not even, its not perfect but it sure is great around a camp fire with your family....
I imagine the results are more predictable with a gas grill because you can control the heat somewhat.
Okay...who is brave enough to bake a six-tier wedding cake in a grill?
I've baked cake over an open fire while camping, and also in our gas grill. The most important part is to get your temp. correct and the hardest part is "not peaking' since you'll lose all the hot air and deflate your cake.
The largest cake I've made either way is an 8" round, and one time that size didn't even turn out (had trouble cooking through before top got too brown)
I think the best thing is to cook it with a piece of loose foil laid over the top, then once you really "smell" the cake and it is cooked through, remove the foil piece and let the top brown for a couple minutes...that way you don't run the risk of overbrowning the top.
When cooking over a fire pit, I put the cake pan inside a thin aluminum pot and then put that pot inside a big dutch oven with a couple inches of water, the water acts as an insulator keeping the heat nice and even, then put the lid on the dutch oven and shovel some coals on top!
NOW......pizza on an open fire pit.......mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......that's easy and soooooooo good. Tastes kinda like the brick oven pizza you can get at good pizza places. YUM
It just occurred to me that perhaps what we should be asking ourselves is why we can't tear ourselves away from cake even when camping and grilling? LOL
Something I used to do when I was in Girl Guides (Canadian Girl Scouts) was take an orange, cut the top off of it, scoop out the orange inside and eat it (or throw it away if you've totally mushed it up) and then pour cake batter in the emptied out orange. Replace the top of the orange and cover the whole thing in tin foil. I can't remember if we put the entire thing in the camp fire, or if we put them on top of a grill that was placed over the fire, but in no time at all we each had our own individual little cakes that we could eat with a spoon. Then we could toss out the old orange as it was compostable and we re-used the tin foil for other things during the trip. So fun! I've got to try making these again! I'm sure it would be easy enough to do on a BBQ
Roxy, that sounds delicious. I'm imagining orange poundcake in the orange skin. If you try it again, can you please let us know how you do it, and how it turns out?
My husband makes all kinds of cakes, pies, cobblers in his dutch oven, and we have cooked everything imaginable on the grill, but I never thought about a cake. I've made pudding on the grill before( pan on top of the firebox) . The main thing is you have to not use the flame to cook it, but the heat, like from a fire box.
we get hurricanes, and are sometimes a month with no electric, so we have to cook outside all the time.
I did a chocolate cake in a dutch oven over a campfire once, it was fantastic. It was a dessert mix type thing (I know, sounds crazy now that I'm into baking) where you mixed up the batter then dropped a gooey chocolate fudge sauce into it before baking. It worked great except for being a little too dark on the bottom in the very center of the pan.