I have baked very few cakes in my life, and of those, I’d say a good majority came out of boxes (in my childhood, never as an adult). I’m not particularly comfortable with cake baking in general. I don’t know if my standards are too high or what, but it seems to me like eating a slice of mediocre cake is just a waste of calories. Add to that the fact that I don’t have a mixer or an oven (no electricity or space in my house), and at some point, I kinda decided that cakes were something too tough to tackle without the right skills, experience, and equipment.
I’m not sure why I changed my mind. Maybe it was my recent string of successes with pie baking or the steady stream of gorgeous cakes in my Pinterest feed, but somehow baking a cake in my barbecue began to seem slightly less daunting. Then I came across this recipe from 101 Cookbooks, and I decided to try it.
I made the batter without a mixer (as per Heidi’s recipe), and I baked it in an angel food cake pan that I bought at a thrift store a while back for $2.In the grill, I first put down a few fire bricks, and then my Lodge pizza pan went under the cake pan (kinda like the photos in this post) to shield the cake from too much direct heat. After about 40 minutes, it was cooked through without any burnt edges.
The cake itself was hearty, almost dense. In my opinion, that was a good thing. My cake wasn’t nearly as pretty as Heidi’s in part because I don’t have all the specialized pans and tools. If I’m going to be serious about this cake-baking thing I’ll not only have to buy some stuff (probably at thrift stores), but I’ll also have to find a place to keep it all. We’ll see how motivated I am.
My awesome brother in law was at our house when the cake came out of the “oven”, and being a total gearhead, he immediately started scheming on how to rig up a cordless drill with beaters as an alternative mixer. Again, I can’t promise anything, but it’s an interesting idea.
I knew the kids would be happy with any kind of cake, even something I would consider a failure, but this one got rave reviews.