Christmas Cake in Pressure Cooker

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Christmas is that time of the year when you make merry and go out shopping and traveling with friends and family. The chill and the dryness in the air make the whole environment to go around more to keep warm. My Christmas day this year, o I should be saying last year was a good now. The celebration started from Christmas Eve, just after I came out of my office.

Christmas Cake at Bangalore
Christmas Cake at Bangalore

I went to the St. Mary’s Basilica, the oldest Church in Bangalore. The Church was decked up with white flowers all around the alter. I presumed it was to show respect to all those who lost their lives in different terror attacks all over India in 2008. That night we had good dinner at one of the well known restaurants in Bangalore and then off to St. Patrick’s Church for the grand celebration. What I have never done before, this time I was there inside the Church and sang along with many others the Christmas carols. It reminded me of those days in school. I still do remember the songs well.

Christmas day without some different things from the kitchen makes it very dull. So, after the day long hovering about from one Church to the other, I thought of baking a cake to mark this grand occasion.

The problem with baking a cake at my home is I don’t have a convection microwave oven, for that matter not a simple oven. So my only resort was my faithful pressure cooker. This was the first time I baked a cake in the pressure cooker and was quite apprehensive about the outcome till I had a bite. The cake was absolutely soft and everyone really liked it.

For one pound cake


Cake flour or Wheat Flour (Maida): 1 ¼ cup

Baking powder: 1 teaspoon

Castor sugar (Guro Chini): ¾ cup

Unsalted Butter (Sada Makhon): 50gms

Eggs (Dim): 3

Clarified Butter (Ghee): 1 tablespoon

Vanilla Essence: 1 teaspoon

Dry fruits like raisins and cashew nuts, etc

Cadbury Gems for frosting

Sand for heating in pressure cooker


  • Add half cup of sugar to the eggs with the vanilla essence and beat well with a blender until the eggs make small peaks the blender is lifted
  • In a large bowl put in the flour, baking powder and sift thrice
  • Drop in the butter to the sifted flour and mix well with a blender
  • As the mixture gets fluffy and soft pour in the egg and castor sugar mixture and blend
  • Take a steel bowl (of the shape you want your cake to be like ) and coat it with the clarified butter well
  • Pour in the cake mixture into the steel bowl
  • Cover the base of the pressure cooker with half inch of sand, sand helps in passing the heating evenly
  • Place the steel bowl with the cake mixture in the pressure cooker, and add some dry fruits to it
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker without the whistle
Baking in Progress - inside the pressure cooker
Baking in Progress - inside the pressure cooker
  • Let it be there on medium flame for at least 12 minutes
  • The smell of baked cake will come when it is properly baked
  • Insert a knife through the cake, it the knife comes out clean , the cake is properly baked then

Baked properly - time for frosting
Baked properly - time for frosting

  • With a knife scrap the sides of the steel bowl and invert it over a plate
  • Frost it in whatever way you like; I frosted it with castor sugar and gems.


Baking a cake without an oven was really a good experiment, and loved it more when the outcome was sweet and good looking. Check for more updates on this page till then Happy Cooking and Happy Blogging.

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31 thoughts on “Christmas Cake in Pressure Cooker

  1. Hi. .could u please tell do we havè to preheat thé cooker first ? & thé sand used is thé sand that’s used for construction’s ?

  2. Loads of thanxx Sudeshna for this user friendly nd Xtrmly delicious recipe.
    really works good for creating an impression..Thnxx again..:)

    1. Hi Arpita,

      There are egg substitutes tha you can readily get from the market, and if you don’t wanna use that then try using about 3 tablespoons of cocacola in place of each egg. Though the result is not as good as when you use eggs, but its still ok. Or else use whipped cream, but then you wont be able to keep the cake for long.

  3. wow, thanks for this technique! may i know if you can still use the pressure cooker for other dishes after using it this way? thanks!

  4. Hi sudeshna,
    Thoroughly loved your process. I am going to try this and link it to your blog! Khub bhalo laglo tomar post. Honestly, who said we cant bake without an oven. 🙂

    1. Rukmini,

      Thanks a ton for your comment. My idea was the post was exactly this, because even I didn’t have an oven at home.

    1. @Rosy,
      The sand dissipates the heat all through the bowl you are making the cake, if you don’t find sand, then just leave it. Trying putting in a little bowl or sand under the cake bowl so that the cake bowl doesn’t touch the bottom of the pressure cooker.

      1. Hi,
        Thanks dear…I really appreciate your method :), little confuse as u said (trying putting……), does that mean we can also put bowl under the cake bowl instead of sand?

        1. You can do that. The sand just makes the process faster as sand retains the heat. You can just use another bowl upside down and place the cake bowl over it. Merry Christmas to you and Happy Baking!

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