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Cakes to Bake in a Breadmaker

Posted 05/01/2007 by Anna Hollisey

Pound cake

Baking with your bread machine can be quick, easy, and rewarding. There’s no yeast, no timings, and not much washing up – why not give it a try?

About Bread Machine Baking

Cakes and ‘quick breads’ are leavened with baking powder or bicarbonate of soda, rather than yeast. This means they’re less time-consuming than bread making: the Cake cycle in your bread machine will run for between 60 and 90 minutes, during which the machine will beat and bake your cake. The low heat it’s baked at means that the leavener gets to work more slowly, producing gentle, small bubbles of air in the cake batter. You may find that cakes are a bit more dense than their oven baked counterparts – but just as moist. Another advantage of using the bread machine to bake your cake is that the machine will use a lot less energy than the oven.

Here are some tips for successful baking in your breadmaker:

  • Check the mixture is blended. About five minutes into the mixing part of the cake cycle, open the lid and make sure there are no stray lumps of flour or butter clinging to the sides of the pan. Scrape everything in using a wooden spoon or plastic spatula.
  • Cold butter may not be properly incorporated, so make sure it’s really soft when it goes in (or melted). Recipes that call for oil are better in this respect, as they’ll ensure good fat distribution.
  • Don’t use your regular bread flour to make cakes – it’s got too much gluten, which will produce a tough batter. Choose plain (baking) flour.
  • To check for doneness, stick a skewer into the cake – it’s ready when it comes out clean.
  • To add richness to the finished cake, spike holes all over with a skewer, and pour over a glaze of lemon or orange juice mixed with Icing Sugar.

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

This cake gets its moisture from olive oil and yoghurt, producing a damp cake that’s easier on your waistline!

You Will Need:

  • 150g (5.3oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 150g (5.3oz) caster sugar
  • 3tbsp poppy seeds
  • Zest of one unwaxed lemon
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 100ml (3.4floz) olive oil
  • 100ml (3.4floz) plain yoghurt

For The Glaze:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3tbsp icing (confectioners) sugar (sifted)

Sift the flour and baking powder together into the breadmaker tin. Weigh the caster sugar, then add the poppy seeds and lemon zest to the scale basin and rub the lemon zest into the sugar with your fingers. Tip the sugar mixture into the breadmaker tin.

In a jug or mug, beat the eggs with the yoghurt. Add this, plus the olive oil and a pinch of salt, to the breadmaker tin.

Set to the Cake cycle. While it’s baking, sift the icing sugar into the lemon juice, stir to dissolve, and set aside. When the machine beeps, open the lid and check the cake – it should be lightly golden. Stick in a skewer – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

Without removing it from the tin, poke holes all over the cake, and drizzle the glaze over it carefully, trying to get it to go into the holes as well as down the sides. The glaze will soak into the cake as it cools. Serve at room temperature.

Using Your Oven

For everything you need to know about conventional ovens, read our Ovens and Microwave Troubleshooting Guide.

10 Responses to “Cakes to Bake in a Breadmaker”

  1. CHRIS says:

    hi guys, i made this several times , always superb, i added a teaspoon of bicarb as well to help it rise, also made with limes…..superb, also oranges…..superb, enjoy !

  2. loopy says:

    hi could you please help i have maid 2 cakes in my breadmaker a cherry cake and a friut cake do you now why the friut sinks to the bottom of cakes this happens every timeplain ontop friut or cherrys end up at bottom regards lyn

  3. loopy says:

    why does my fruit always sink to the bottom when maid in my breadmaker

  4. CakeBaker says:

    @loopy – do you add the fruit late in the cycle?

  5. MasterBaker says:

    If you flour your fruit before adding to your mix this will help to stop it falling to the bottom of your mixer. Also add this just before the last mix takes place so that it is evenly mixed throughout your mixture but has less time to sink before bake starts. Hope this helps

  6. Deb the Bread says:

    Wright’s cake mixes work wonderfully in bread making machines – you just add oil and water to the mix and select the cake programme on your bread maker.

  7. Auds says:

    The wrights cake mix is excellent in a bread maker but I do have problems getting them out of the pan in one piece

  8. Moma Porter. says:

    Hi, Please can tell tell me how I am going wrong! I Came to bake a Wright’s carrot cake in my Panasonic bread maker. It only comes up with ‘Bake’ on the menu, I need to know how I can get it to mix the cake mix and then bake. Not having to mix the cake mix first. Am I being stupid or will the bread maker only bake once mixed by hand. Thank you for reading, and for any information you can pass on to me.

  9. Ellie says:

    Does anyone have a recipe for making a Madeira Cake in a Panasonic (or any other) breakmaker?

  10. Max Chuffley says:

    A Wrights cake mix is quite easy in a Panasonic breadmaker. Chuck all the listed ingredients into the pan then run the ‘dough’ program for 5 to 10 mins to a nice cake like mix. Then stop the program and carefully remove the paddle. Close the lid and set the machine to ‘bake only’ for 50mins. At about the 45min point you may wish to check the cake to ensure its done all the way through though be mindful of over cooking it. When done, tip the cake out onto a rack to cool.

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