You Can Steam Your Way to this Delicious Chocolate Cake

No oven? You can still make cake!

Baking a cake might seem like one of the hardest things to do in the kitchen but did you know you can actually steam your way to a luscious no-bake dessert? Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it even better. The best part? You don't need an oven to make it.



Prep Time
15 minutes 
Cooking Time
45 minutes



1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
zest from half an orange
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


For the ganache
1 cup whipping cream
zest from half an orange
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Combine butter, sugar, evaporated milk, orange zest, and juice in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until sugar is dissolved.


In a bowl, lightly beat egg and vanilla. Add butter-sugar mixture. Whisk together until combined.



Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually add dry ingredients to milk-egg mixture.


Pour cake batter into a 5-inch cake pan and cover with foil. Place a wire rack inside a large pot. Pour in enough water to create steam. Place cake pan on top of the rack and cover the pot with a lid. Steam over medium heat for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

5  Meanwhile, make the ganache: Combine cream, orange zest, and orange juice in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until warmed. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has melted.

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Place chocolate cake on a wire rack. Pour ganache over cake, making sure to glaze all sides. Let stand at room temperature to set.

Flavoring tip:  Not a fan of the chocolate and orange flavor combo? Simply omit the zest and orange juice from both the batter and ganache. Instead, you can add more flavor by serving the cake with some coffee or caramel ice cream on the side. If you're using a bigger pan to steam the cake, shorten the cooking time. We tested it with an 8-inch cake pan and only needed 10 to 15 minutes.




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