Bread machines can be used for much more than simply baking a loaf of bread. For example, your bread machine can be used to mix and bake a cake. Cakes are similar to quick breads in that they use baking powder or baking soda, instead of yeast, for leavening. Depending on the particular model you own, you’ll need to use the bake only or quick bread setting. If you own a best bread maker it may have a cake only setting as well. These settings skip the rising step that yeast breads require, but using these settings will require you to mix all of the ingredients together before adding them to your bread baker.
Regardless of which option you choose, you can bake a delicious cake without having to use your oven.
The Equipment You’ll Need
Here are the items you’ll need to bake a cake in your bread machine:
- A box of your preferred cake mix (should be enough to make a two layer cake)
- Kitchen tongs
- A rubber spatula
- Eggs (per the requirements of the cake mix)
- Oil (per the requirements of the cake mix)
Making a Cake Using the Quick Bread Cycle
All of your ingredients should be added to the kneading bucket of your bread maker. Plug in your appliance and select the “Quick Bread” program and the lightest crust setting available. In this setting, your bread machine will both mix and bake your ingredients. It is different from a “bake only” setting.
To begin the mixing, press the start button. After your bread machine has finished mixing the ingredients, press the pause button. Open the lid of your bread machine to check the ingredients’ consistency. If the cake batter is not smooth and free of lumps, then you’ll need to use your rubber spatula to continue to stir it.
Using your kitchen tongs, go ahead and remove the kneading paddle from the pan. Now, close the machine’s lid, and restart it.
Let your bread maker finish it’s baking cycle. Insert a fork or skewer into the cake’s center and then remove it. If it comes out clean, then you can remove your cake from the machine. Let the cake cool in the baking pan for 15 minutes. Afterwards, you can remove it from the pan and let it continue to cool on a wire baking rack.
If your bread machine has a bake only function, instead of a quick bread cycle, then you’ll need to mix your ingredients by hand before adding them to the bread tin. Else, all of the instructions remain the same.
You can use your bread maker to bake dozens of different kinds of delicious cakes, but that is not all it can be used for. For example, you can use it to make banana bread, cinnamon raisin bread, or other delicacy breads. Your bread machine can also be used to make the dough for a number of different cookie recipes or cinnamon rolls, which you can then finish in your oven. You’ll be amazed at all your bread machine is capable of!