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Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:43 am
by HappyCamperWives
Hey all!

It was my birthday this week so we attempted to bake a cake in our lodge dutch oven over the open flame of our t@b teardrop. Here's our how-to video http://www.happycamperwives.com/2017/01/10/how-to-bake-cake-cast-iron-pan/ we thought you may like.

Still learning the ol' cast iron but we finally got the "seasoning" right! :)

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:58 am
by tony.latham
HappyCamperWives wrote:Hey all!

It was my birthday this week so we attempted to bake a cake in our lodge dutch oven over the open flame of our t@b teardrop. Here's our how-to video http://www.happycamperwives.com/2017/01/10/how-to-bake-cake-cast-iron-pan/ we thought you may like.

Still learning the ol' cast iron but we finally got the "seasoning" right! :)


Super-great video. Thanks for sharing. I have not done that in a frying pan.

Here's an old-river-runner's Dutch-oven operator's tip (say that three times real fast on a dark Halloween night): You can substitute the eggs (and the water) with a can of Sprite or 7-Up. Works great. The pop can in the cook box will survive rapids––or washboard roads––that defy even farm-fresh eggs. :thumbsup:

Andy happy birthday, by the way.

Tony

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:45 pm
by HappyCamperWives
tony.latham wrote:
HappyCamperWives wrote:Hey all!

It was my birthday this week so we attempted to bake a cake in our lodge dutch oven over the open flame of our t@b teardrop. Here's our how-to video http://www.happycamperwives.com/2017/01/10/how-to-bake-cake-cast-iron-pan/ we thought you may like.

Still learning the ol' cast iron but we finally got the "seasoning" right! :)


Super-great video. Thanks for sharing. I have not done that in a frying pan.

Here's an old-river-runner's Dutch-oven operator's tip (say that three times real fast on a dark Halloween night): You can substitute the eggs (and the water) with a can of Sprite or 7-Up. Works great. The pop can in the cook box will survive rapids––or washboard roads––that defy even farm-fresh eggs. :thumbsup:

Andy happy birthday, by the way.

Tony


AH that is genius!! We burned that thing so bad. :FNP

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:43 pm
by QueticoBill
Fun video. Thanks!

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Not cast iron, but a good way to bake a cake or anything over a burner. JMO (jello mold oven). Also light weight and inexpensive at most thrift stores.

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:22 pm
by HappyCamperWives
QueticoBill wrote:Fun video. Thanks!

146553

Not cast iron, but a good way to bake a cake or anything over a burner. JMO (jello mold oven). Also light weight and inexpensive at most thrift stores.


Now THAT is a beautiful cake! I didn't know jello molds came in metal, wait are you sure that's not a bunt cake pan? haha.

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:32 pm
by QueticoBill
Another. Jiffy mixes. And the jello molds are aluminum, but often copper colored. They seem so familiar to me because of age, I'm sure. I see the antique ones are from the 1960s. Owe!

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Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:38 pm
by KennethW
QueticoBill wrote:Fun video. Thanks!

146553

Not cast iron, but a good way to bake a cake or anything over a burner. JMO (jello mold oven). Also light weight and inexpensive at most thrift stores.


I think someone did pizza's in a bunt pan too.
Have you tried corn bread in the bunt pan?

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:40 pm
by QueticoBill
KennethW wrote:
QueticoBill wrote:Fun video. Thanks!

146553

Not cast iron, but a good way to bake a cake or anything over a burner. JMO (jello mold oven). Also light weight and inexpensive at most thrift stores.


I think someone did pizza's in a bunt pan too.
Have you tried corn bread in the bunt pan?


I promise you what I use is not a bundt pan. It's an aluminum jello mold, very light weight, great for backpacking. Pizzas, cakes, muffins, corn bread, brownies, biscuits, and do on. Plan on yeast bread next trip. Should work for casseroles, crisps, etc.

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:41 pm
by KennethW
I see the jello mold has a bigger center hole. The jello mold baking will open up a lot of meal ideals for me.
Thank you for sharing!

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:16 am
by QueticoBill
The center hole or tube in combination with the pie tin or cake pan top is what makes it work. You can buy a set up - http://omniasweden.com/en/home/ - in the $75 neighborhood, but mine are all around $3 from Goodwill. I use it with an MSRP Dragonfly but works great on a gas range in my kitchen where I've tested recipes, and on a Coleman propane. Trick is not be in a hurry. I've never gotten to more than dark brown.

More options in a trailer, but lighter than a reflector oven and no fire tending.

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:32 am
by razorback
Nice video. For all you new to the forum folks; you need to look at this link. In my opinion it is the ultimate place for learning the versitility of cast iron cooking.
Also two of the nicest teardrop folks who hosted the IRG!

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:34 am
by razorback
When you get old you forget to post links! https://www.youtube.com/user/outdoorcastironcook

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:57 pm
by HappyCamperWives
Haha a tin jello mold- The possibilities are endless!

Have any of you tried a "collapsable oven"? Someone reccomend it and wondering if it's worth the investment. We've become pretty good at searing salmon and other things in the cast iron but baking may not be our jam.

Re: Baking a cake in cast iron

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:33 pm
by QueticoBill
I assume you mean the Coleman portable folding camp oven. I've seen it but don't have hands on experience. Amazon reviews seem good but note it's a little slow to heat and tougher to keep even in cold weather. At around $25, might be worth a try, but patience and it seems about 8" square is largest. If you go for it I'd love to hear how it worked. I'm inclined to stay with my JMO and, for car camping, the dutch oven with charcoal and a fire pit. Your set up would have been great if you'd have been able to put coals on top. Just an aluminum camp pot with lid and coals on it work great.

Just for kicks, a different stove stop approach, the BakePacker. Easy and quick and nice to have fresh baked things, but no crust or brown edge. http://www.bakepacker.com/ Still, it beats add boiling water trail food if in the wilderness.