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Steam Cake

Central America and Mexico, Belize
1 hour


See below a photo of a "Steam Cake" cooking on my hot plate. I invented this technique when I realized I had no oven but could not live for two years without cake! 

Materials & Procedures


  1. Basically, I put batter (any type of cake or muffin recipe) into a Bundt pan which sits on a steamer tray in a few inches of water in a covered pot. I keep the water at a low boil for about an hour, and voilà— a lovely, strangely moist, yet oddly familiar cake-like item! It gets rave reviews from Peace Corps Volunteers (who, granted, may have lowered their standards over the years,) but I have grown so fond of it that I plan to continue to bake this way when I return to the United States!

About the Author

Cheryl Frances

Urban Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize

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