No-Bake Chocolate Cake Recipe

It's possible to make a chocolate cake without an oven!
steamed no bake chocolate cake topped with flowers

This chocolate cake recipe is a no-bake recipe. Yes, it’s possible! You can make this no-bake cake in a steamer. It’ll come out super moist and rich, too! 

The Chocolate Cake Checklist

When we think of making chocolate cakes, one of the main pieces of equipment we look for is an oven. But did you know that you could make a tasty and moist chocolate cake with a steamer, too?

Some of us may know that steamed cakes have long been a thing (puto, anyone?) but when no-bake recipes are mentioned, the first dessert that comes to mind might be cheesecakes or mousses. While these are undoubtedly delicious — and can of course be made into decadent chocolate desserts — we rarely ever think of steamed chocolate cake. 

Not having an oven shouldn’t be a hindrance to being able to make a great chocolate cake, and because we believe all chocolate dessert cravings must be satisfied regardless of the availability of certain kitchen appliances, we made this recipe for you!

Tips and Tricks to Make Moist Chocolate Cake with a Steamer

While steaming is certainly a viable way to “bake,” there are some notable differences between using a steamer and an oven. To make sure you end up with a fluffy, moist chocolate cake, here are a few tips:

  • • Make sure not to over-steam your cake. Even though steaming cooks your chocolate cake with evaporation, steaming it for too long can cause the moisture in the cake to evaporate and dry out. You can check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or barbeque stick in the middle of the cake when your timer goes off. If the stick comes out clean, the cake is done.
  • • After steaming, you can preserve the moisture of your cake by wrapping it in cling wrap once it’s cool enough to touch. If you aren’t frosting it right away, you can store it in the chiller for 1-2 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Otherwise, frosting your steamed chocolate cake as soon as it’s cool enough to not melt the chocolate buttercream frosting will lock in that moisture and allow you to chill it without worrying about it drying out until it’s time to eat.

No-Bake Chocolate Cake Recipe

Roselle Miranda
It's possible to make a chocolate cake without an oven!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Others
Servings 16 servings


No-Bake Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup Butter softened
  • 5 1/2 cups Powdered SUgar
  • 1 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup milk


  • Prepare steamer. Line and oil 3 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a measuring jug, mix vinegar, milk, and water. Set aside 5 minutes. In a large bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk in salt and sugar. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and milk mixture together. Add flour mixture by the cupful, whisking on low until mixed.
  • Divide batter among the prepared pans. Place in the steamer; steam for 12 minutes. Check for doneness, rotate pans, and steam again as needed until cooked through. Remove from steamer; cool on a rack. Remove from pans, and level tops of cakes. Chill until ready to use.
  • Meanwhile, make Cocoa Frosting: In the bowl of a mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk butter until light and creamy. Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together. Gradually whisk into butter. Add vanilla extract and milk in between cupfuls of sugar. Whip until light, creamy, and spreadable.
  • Frost cake layers with frosting. Decorate as desired. Chill until ready to slice and serve. Recipe orginally published in the May 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines.
Keyword classic
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