Yes, you can bake cake in an Air Fryer!

Can you bake in an Air Fryer? If I had a dime for every time I answered this question, I would be able to buy quite a few Air Fryers and give them away for free. I like giving things for free, that is just how I roll! Sadly, I don’t have all those dimes, but  I just want to show you what is possible and give you a quick cake recipe…..for free!

Soft sponge cake with creamy meringue icing, in an Air Fryer…impossible…or not! You all know by now that I am on Philips payroll, right? So Wrong! I just love working with the Air Fryer and the fact that I do not have to switch my oven on, is such a relief. Saving time, saving electricity and not sacrificing on the flavor or taste is just phenomenal.
Enough said, the cake recipe, is the same recipe that I use for a standard vanilla or Victoria Sponge cake. Equal quantities of  flour, butter and sugar, the rest is up to you. The amazing thing here is that you do not have to adapt the recipe to use in the Air Fryer, the only thing you will have to adapt is the size of your pan.
(the new model Air Fryer comes with a nifty little pan!) So whether you  have an Air Fryer or not, try this recipe……few ingredients, one bowl and voila!

Lemon Sponge with Meringue Frosting and Candied Lemons
make 1 double-layered cake – 15cm in diameter
or 1 single layer cake – 23 cm in diameter


250gram self raising flour
250gram caster sugar
250gram butter – room temperature
3 eggs
5 ml baking powder
5 ml vanilla  grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 180C or the Air Fryer to 160C. Prepare your baking tins by spraying them with Spray ‘n Cook or butter them. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your mixer and mix at high speed until the mixture is creamy and thick. If you are using the Air Fryer you have to bake 2 cakes, so you will only spoon half  the cake batter into the little pan. Place in the Air Fryer and bake for 15 minutes. The cake should now be soft to the touch and a light sand color. Remove from the Air Fryer,remove from the pan and allow to cool and repeat with the other half of the batter. If you are using the conventional oven, spoon all the batter in a 23cm pan and bake for 20-30minutes or until light brown and soft to the touch.Remove from the baking tins and cool.

Candied Lemons

2 organic lemons(no wax)
125ml sugar
50ml boiling water

To make a sugar syrup, pour the sugar into a small bowl and add the boiling water. Stir to dissolve all the sugar. Keep sugar syrup ready. Slice the lemons into thin slices, dip in the sugar syrup and place on a baking sheet. Bake/dry in the oven 120C for about 30-40 minutes or until lemons are slightly sticky and still chewable. The time varies because of the difference in thickness of the melon slices, so keep an eye on it. You can make these candied lemon slices in the Air Fryer, but I happen to have the oven on for something else so I just popped them in there.

Meringue Frosting
200gr caster sugar
4 egg whites

You need an electric beater or a whisk and strong arms. A metal mixing bowl and a pot with simmering water.
Poor the egg whites and sugar into the metal bowl and place over the simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Beat the egg whites and sugar until it is fluffy and white.and can keep its shape. Spread generously over the cake and top with candied lemons.

What else can you do with a basic Sponge cake?

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