No-Bake Chocolate Cake Recipe

It's possible to make a chocolate cake without an oven!

IMAGE Michael Angelo Chua

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! 

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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!

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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.
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Prep Time
10 mins 
Cooking Time
30 mins 
Ready In
40 mins 
Yield
16 servings
Cuisine
Others
Cooking Method
Steam

No-Bake Chocolate Cake Ingredients

How to make No-Bake Chocolate Cake

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