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Can I bake a cake in this bowl?

post #1 of 34
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This is a metal bowl, 3-4" deep probably. Can I bake a cake in this? I have fondant and frosting left over from a project from earlier this week and am in a cake-making mood today. I'd like to just make a small cake. Would this bowl work? It seems anything metal would, but.... Thanks for your help. icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 34
I have never tried a bowl,but I have baked in a sm. coffee can (pumkin bread) so it seems that the bolw would work. good luck !
post #3 of 34
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Thank you, Vlare. icon_smile.gif I'm thinking it'll work too, but I'd hate to waste the ingredients. I'll see how it goes. icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 34
Post back with your results. I would think it would work, also. But I'd like to know for sure.

I just read where someone bakes cakes in cookie tins and ships them to her loved one in Iraq. So if that works, I would think this would.

BTW, anyone wanting do this: don't ice it!! It takes three weeks (at least) for them to receive a package. She places the icing in a separate airtight container and also throws in a plastic knife for icing and cutting, a few plastic forks and paper plates.
post #5 of 34
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Thank you, Dawn. I think this will be today's project.

And I just read that too--Maybe we found the same magazine or something? icon_smile.gif I had deja vu when I read about the napkins, icing, forks, plates, balloons, etc. LOL. It's a great idea for the troops, or for anyone far away, that's for sure. icon_smile.gif

Thanks again. I'll update this thread once the cake amounts to something (or not). icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 34
there is also another site that I participate on:

www.anysoldier.com

It's a great (and easy) thing to do.
post #8 of 34
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We're leading parallel lives today, Dawn. icon_biggrin.gif I just recommended AnySoldier.com on a couple of my other favorite websites yesterday. [cue Twilight Zone music....] icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 34
The bowl looks like stainless steel. Now you can bake in stainless steel, but it is not a good conductor of heat, which is why your stainless steel pots and pans always should have a core of other metals on the bottom, generally copper and some other metal. The more plys the better. See if your stainless steel pots are not triple ply well there is a tendency for them to warp easily. Without the heating core at the bottom of the pans, there is a tendency for uneven heat distribution and burning and sticking. So back to using the stainless bowl, yes you can bake in it , but you would be better off with a different material. Which explains why only very rarely do you find a cake pan made from stainless and when you do, they advertise that it will stay looking new for years etc, but they never talk about how it will cook. Unevenly, for sure. Which is why aluminum is generally the most common material used.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #10 of 34
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A-haaaaa! I see. Thank you, Squirelly. Maybe I should just make a cake in a regular pan today and trim it to the size I want. I don't have enough ingredients on-hand to make a bigger cake today. Thanks for your help. icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 34
Very good info. So, I'm assuming cookie tins and coffee cans are made from aluminum? I honestly don't know. So it would be OK to bake in these withour added precaution?
post #12 of 34
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Okay, what about this bowl instead? It's one of my mom's Pfaltzgraff pottery bowls. She said she's heard that you can bake in these, but has never tried it.

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Thanks again.
post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by cali4dawn

Very good info. So, I'm assuming cookie tins and coffee cans are made from aluminum? I honestly don't know. So it would be OK to bake in these withour added precaution?


Haha, well come on now Dawnster, you know darn well that would be just too easy, haha! Some things are made up of tin, some aluminum and some stainless. Of course all of these materials are combinations of different percentages of various metals - sorry can't think of the breakdown of what makes what. Generally you can cook in your tin cans that don't have any special treatments, like the ones that appear white inside etc. Some coffee tins are actually cardboard with a silver coloured kind of liner, which I am sure you know, but in case others don't.
But most tins that you get say peas or veggies in, as long as they don't have that white coating, then yes you can. A lot of folks make date and nut loaves in these so they can slice up round slices.
Regarding the latest raid of your mother's things, haha, if it is oven to table ware, like ironstone, yes you can bake in it. You can make cakes in clay bakers too, the kind you make roasts and stews in. You have to be careful that you are not using any kind of dish that was not meant for ovenware, some are decorative only and have lead based paints or glazes. I know Pfaltzgraf does make some microwave and oven safe dishes, but I don't know about this one. If you know the pattern name etc. go on one of the china sites to see if it is listed as such.
Like I said, stainless isn't a good conductor of heat, but I think if you have a heating core or the centre part of a wondermold pan, the tube thing, or even the centre part of an old coffee perculator that you can insert in the centre of the bowl, it will draw the heat more into the centre and make the heat distribution more even. I guess if it was me, I would try it with the cheapest method of making a cake mix possible, the water and eggs method and chalk it up to an experiment.
No bundt pans or things like that to come up with?
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #14 of 34
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Thanks again, Squirrelly. icon_smile.gif I've been of the Pfaltzgraff website and some of their dishes in this pattern ("Yorketown") are listed as bakeware, but they don't specify really. It seems the ones labeled bakeware just come with lids, so that's not a helpful disntinction. icon_smile.gif I have other pans, but not the size I want except for this and that metal bowl. I may just have to experiment and risk wasting ingredients if it doesn't make right--But I hate to do that when it's Mom's ingredients. icon_smile.gif

We'll see. Thanks again. icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 34
I was interested in the tin idea for shipping to North Carolina- where most of my family is. But I guess I could bake it in a similar sized cake pan and just transfer it.

I'd never thought of baking in a veggie can for perfectly round slices... now that's a great tip! ... and I'm a caterer and never ever came across that....

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