Can you bake a cake in a toaster oven? (3 Tips)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, can you bake a cake in a toaster oven? We will discuss the techniques and struggles that baking a cake in a toaster oven can present you with.

Can you bake a cake in a toaster oven?

You can bake a cake in a toaster oven. However, note that a toaster oven is different from a conventional oven, hence the baking time tends to vary. 

First, determine the location of the heating element and the size of the pan that you can use to bake in a toaster oven.

You can bake a small version of a cake that fits in the toaster oven easily. Cakes baked in a toaster oven have many benefits to offer including the feasibility of baking in small batches, less mess, and quick and even baking. 

If you are baking for one or two, a toaster oven can prove to be very efficient. However, be sure to check up on the cake every few minutes to prevent it from burning. 

What are the struggles of baking in a toaster oven and how to fix them?

The first thing to do before you bake in a toaster oven is to locate the hot spot. The hotspots are where the heating elements are and figuring out their positions can help to make the baking process easier. 

To figure out the hotspots of your toaster oven, use oatmeal. Spread some raw oatmeal on a pan and let it cook for a few minutes. Assess the color of the oatmeal after you take it out of the toaster. The darker areas indicate the spots where the oatmeal was closer to the heating element. 

Use a pan of an appropriate size so that it fits snugly in the toaster oven. The pan should be small enough that it does not touch the heating elements of the toaster oven of around 8 inches in diameter. 

The batter should only fill up ⅔ of the pan to allow the cake to rise. 

After you insert the cake batter into the oven, check up on it every few minutes. The first few times you bake, you need to be careful and monitor it closely. Use a thermometer if needed. 

If you are baking a chocolate cake, it is prone to burning. Hence, set the toaster oven at a temperature that is lower than 25 Fahrenheit and be extra careful when you bake. 

There is no fixed time and temperature when it comes to baking in a toaster oven. The heating capacity of your toaster oven is different depending on the build and size. 

Use parchment paper carefully when you use it to bake in the toaster oven. Parchment paper helps to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan. 

Fold the parchment paper neatly two times and then into a triangle. The triangle should be at the top and middle part of the pan. If the edges of the parchment paper stick out, cut it off neatly.

If a part of the parchment paper is left exposed it can catch fire.  

How to prepare a cake in a toaster oven?

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit and let it do so for about 10 minutes. Grease your pan by smearing either butter or margarine.
  2. Pour your cake batter into the pan, leaving ⅓ of the space free.
  3. Let the cake bake while checking up on it every few minutes or so.
  4. Keep note of when the cake batter has risen. After it does, turn the pan around 180 degrees to let it bake from the other side.
  5. Place a layer of aluminum foil on the pan to prevent burning the cake from the top.
  6. Use a toothpick or a cake tester to check on the doneness of the cake.
  7. Remove the pan from the toaster oven and let it cool before you attempt to dislodge it from the pan.

What are the tips for baking a cake in the toaster oven?

If you are baking the cake for the first time, rather than following instructions, use your senses keenly. However, keep the instruction manual in check as it can provide you with some valuable information.

Preheating is an important step, otherwise, expect your baking to go wrong.

Refrain from opening the gate of the toaster oven unnecessarily. A toaster oven can lose heat quickly due to its small size. Wait for at least half of the total baking time before you open while checking on your cake through the glass.

Do not cover the top of your pan when you bake the cake. Efficient circulation of air is important to let the cake cook thoroughly and evenly. 

Other FAQs about Cake that you may be interested in.

Can you bake a chocolate cake without vanilla essence

Can I bake 2 cakes at the same time

Can warm cake go in the fridge?


In this brief guide, we answered the question, can you bake a cake in a toaster oven? We discussed the techniques and struggles that baking a cake in a toaster can present you with.


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