How to bake a cake using a jiko

Are you craving a homemade cake but do not have an oven? Lacking an advanced baking machine should not kill your dream of preparing sweet cake using readily available ingredients. How to bake a cake using a jiko is very simple, as long as you have the right ingredients, equipment, and procedure.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

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Cakes sweeten life with those pleasurable drops flowing from the various ingredients used in the baking process. For this reason, homemade cakes are preferable because of their personal touch, savoury flavours, and convenience. Baking with a jiko is cost-friendly and far more reliable in preparing family-sized cakes for breakfast servings with a few friends around.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

The freshness and nutritional value that comes with homemade cakes are truly irresistible. Did you know that you can bake on a jiko? While many people love homemade meals, not many know how to bake a cake using a jiko. Do not let lack of an oven kill the chance for you to make sweet pastries for your loved ones.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

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How to bake a cake using a jiko

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How do you bake a cake step by step? To bake a simple cake using a jiko you need;

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ litre of milk
  • 250g of margarine
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla/strawberry essence


The following tools will come in handy

  • A fork
  • A plate
  • A sufuria
  • A sufuria lid
  • A deep bowl
  • 2 tablespoons
  • A plastic basin
  • A widely spaced sieve


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How to bake a cake using a jiko

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  1. Light the jiko and leave it to warm.
  2. Carefully add the two cups of flour into a basin, making sure to sieve for proper airing.

3. Introduce the cup of sugar, essence, baking soda and powder, then mix properly before adding two spoons of margarine.

4. Beat 4 eggs in a bowl and add them into the smooth mixture in the basin.

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5. Add the milk until the dough attains dropping consistency, making sure the mixture is free of lumps.

6. Line the Sufuria with some margarine and carefully pour the mixture at the base, then spread it evenly.

7. Make sure the charcoal in the jiko is at maximum heating. Fetch some of the red-hot charcoal and place it on the top of the lid for even heat distribution.

8. Place the sufuria on the jiko. Cook for about 25 minutes before checking if the cake has turned brown and cooking well inside.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

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9. Stick in a fork to test if the cake is well cooked. If the fork turns out sticky, it means that the cake is not ready. On the other hand, if the fork comes out dry, then the cake is has cooked well. Remove it from the fire to avoid burning it with excess heat.

10. Leave the cake to cool down for a few minutes before removing it from the sufuria and placing it on the plate.

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11. Serve it with juice, tea, or milk.

Jiko baked cakes are as delicious as those baked in ovens for any single recipe. This confirms that charcoal stoves are a perfect alternative when the oven is out of reach. Try to bake a black forest cake using a jiko, and you will surely love it.

Another mind-blowing option is to bake a cake using a jiko and sand. The method entails adding wet sand in the larger sufuria and covering with a large tray to ensure even heat distribution. After that, place the baking pan with the dough and then cook the cake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

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The process of cooking a cake with a charcoal stove is more straightforward than most people could imagine. If you have been wondering how to bake a cake using a jiko, then it is time to try it right in your kitchen using our guide. Share with us your experience in the comment section below.

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Has anyone ever told you that you can’t bake a cake if you do not have an oven? They lied. Improvisation is the name of the game and today we bake a cake using simple river sand as an oven.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

Step one, collect some sand. For me it was easy to send someone to get some from the river because I’m in the village and near a river. You could borrow some from a nearby mjengo contractor or you may have some left over from previous construction. You only need about one large tin about 2kg.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

Pre-heat oven. And by this I mean light a jiko, put the sand into a large sufuria and heat it up. The sufuria should be large enough to accommodate another small sufuria which we shall call the baking tin.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

As the ‘oven’ pre-heats, take out your cake ingredients and start mixing up. I’m using easy bake cake mix because I’m not in my usual surroundings. I’m in the village and shopping is not as straight forward as popping into junction and buying all the fancy cake ingredients in one go. I was even lucky to get this one in the nearby town and it was the last on the shelves.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

I also bought a tab of Prestige Margarine enhanced with vanilla flavour. Cakes are all about flavour and vanilla has been used for ages to flavour them. Other than for baking, I’m loving it as a spread on bread too. The subtle vanilla taste is a good addition.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

The instructions on the box of the cake mix ask for 85g margarine. That is for the small packet. That is about 2 tablespoons. Mix that in and work it with your fingers till the margarine completely mixes in and leaves no lumps.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

For this measure of cake mix, you’ll need 2 eggs and 85ml milk. Add those into the well mixed cake mix and margarine and mix into a smooth paste.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

Apply a thin coating of margarine on the inside of the baking tin we spoke of earlier. In my case a small sufuria. Then pour the smoothly mixed cake batter. Your oven has been pre-heating and your cake mix is now ready. It’s time to bake!

How to bake a cake using a jiko

Place the small sufuria with the cake mix into the larger one with sand, cover and leave to bake for 45 minutes. It is obviously not easy to regulate jiko fire but do not have it too hot. Keep a close eye on the progress of the baking so you judge when to remove a bit of charcoal or when to close the jiko door to reduce heat. You may test with a fork at around 30 minutes.

How to bake a cake using a jiko

45 or less minutes in and voila! Your cake is ready. Remove from the sufuria and onto a flat plate and decorate.

I used chocolate flavoured cake mix because that is what was available where I was shopping. However I’ll try this again in more accommodating circumstances because I’d like to get the full flavour of the vanilla in the Prestige Vanilla margarine. The chocolate flavoured mix sort of overpowered the vanilla and that is understandable. So next time I’ll do my cake mix from scratch and leave enough room for the vanilla in the margarine to shine.