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Having had a rather disastrous result with the first attempt I decided to patch up the holes in the melted container and have another go with runnier batter.
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Panko cake take two: the runny batter version to see if this works any better get the gloves on get the power on i've got my much runnier batter here. Power is on. I've covered the holes that were burnt through in the previous experiment. Let's pour this in and watch what the current was up to.

Oh, it's, making electrical connection. 53, watts, 89, watts, 102 watts. This is looking promising. Let's get all the little smashing jaffa orangey bits in.

I didn't get all the smashing jeff orangey bits and ah yeah. I licked it yes, uh 286 watts. I have a great need to get all the orangey bits in that uh. 300 watts.

This is better. This is what we're wanting and i don't see it burning. Not yet there's the orangey bits they're going in there. The power is not now up to 400 watts, it's a 400 watt sponge cake uh.

Am i getting any steam yet i'm not getting any steam yet. But you know what there's plenty of time you had. Let's focus down onto uh and i shall try and change exposure i'll focus down onto the sponge to see if we can actually get our closer examination of what's happening. Oh it's popping up.

It's popping up. The carbon dioxide is being liberated from the baking soda. The power is now up to oh, it's actually about to get too big. Isn't it it's about to make a huge mess? Isn't it? Yes, it is uh.

Oh actually, no, you know what it's making humming sizzling noises. There's a lot of steam coming off it um. The power is gradually dropping, so it's uh clearly baked. So the answer is yeah.

Actually 240 volts might not be too bad for this. For those electrodes, i thought it was going to be too ferocious, but uh. It's not too bad right, i'm gon na. Let the current continue to go down until it gets to level, so the cake is deflating slightly.

Is that smoke or is that is actually smoke right? Tell you what that's smoke, which is more or less what went wrong last time. The power has now dropped to about 40 watts. There is lots of smoking off the cake. Now i think we'll unplug it at that and uh.

I shall see so. I've unplugged the cake, i've disconnected the wires. Where is the knife that i used? I have misplaced the knife. Oh no, just use this.

This batter spoon, let's probe the cake, it's it's very hot cake, hold on it's a bit moist in the middle, it's kind of like baked to the ends, but it has kind of baked and it is hot throughout but uh, i'm i'm beginning to think that maybe There is a reason they don't make cake electrically. Maybe they do make cake electrically, but there's a secret recipe. They have to get the conductivity absolutely perfect, but uh that's take two towel, i'm gon na. Let it cool down and then i'll give you a proper review of what it actually tastes like i'm just gon na take the exposure off and then i shall just pause momentarily and i'll be back in a moment.

Once that's cooled down right, it's cooled down a bit! So the conclusion. It's not done a very good job. It's very doughy! It's very moist! It's kind of i think it's pulled away from the electrodes and started arcing before it was fully complete, and so maybe that making cake this way isn't the best idea. I mean it's edible, but probably not the best idea.


14 thoughts on “Electric cake – take two”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Random User says:

    Change is to the electrodes are on the bottom and not the sides. Then bake again slowly and let the cake cool properly. Even some mushy cakes after cooling will go from mushy to normal if you let it rest enough.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Lewis says:

    Maybe use a metal box as one electrode and a bar suspended in the middle of the batter as the other electrode. I seem to recall the original panko was cooked in ammunition canisters. It was also DC rather than AC. They used tank batteries to cook it.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BRUXXUS says:

    Revisiting this while dealing with not being able to sleep. I absolutely LOVE how thereโ€™s so many comments with ideas of how to improve baking a cake this way. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Owlly Mannstein says:

    You might want to try a silicone baking tray instead of the plastic tub. It shouldn't be conductive and is made for high temperature uses.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Unknown Unknown says:

    If the electrodes got closer together as the wattage went down to continue cooking the interior of the cake it might work.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tylor Pater says:

    What if you put the electrodes on the top and bottom to use gravity to stop the cake from pulling away from them?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shaun Morrissey says:

    BigClive have you considered trying Yorkshire pudding batter? should be a great conductor. (Please, Please, Please)

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Golden Pun says:

    Electric cake
    i will bake
    feel my volts
    always jolts

    Nothing you can do about it
    plug in the electrodes
    I feed upon your tasty crumbs
    unplug my power load!

    I'm made of batter
    my milk is cream
    I am delectable
    smell my baking steam!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Stephenson says:

    I wonder if you could make currant buns the same way? Glad to see you rectified the issues from the initial video.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WowIndescribable says:

    What if the electrodes extended in towards the middle a bit instead of just on the sides? Then, if/when it shrinks the circuit will not be broken.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jp m says:

    I'd suggest pouring before energising, then allowing to cool a bit before disturbing the cake as it will still be cooking a bit in the middle.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars techmouse1101 says:

    Just curious. What if instead of a side by side configuration, one of the contacts was on the bottom of it, and the other was some sort of flat metal thing that sits on top of the batter?

    In fact, you could just use a stainless steel cooking pan as the bottom conductor, and the top conductor could just be any old thing that rests on top of the batter in the middle.

    Double in fact, you could even cook it by using only the bottom conductor. Just pour the batter into the bottom conductor and use some sort of external heat source. Like a box kind of thing that you could put the bottom conductor into, and then the box would generate heat inside of it?

    I think we may be on to something here. We could change the world with this idea…

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Halvard Skurve says:

    For better contact to the electrodes, you could turn it off and cut away what's closest to the electrodes, and add more moist batter to the electrodes, before it starts to smoke/arc, this way at least the middle part might be cooked better. Edit: After watching part one, it might also work to put a thicker batter it the middle, and a thinner, runnier batter close to the electrodes, for the best result.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Killian Kuyer says:

    i learned a few things about tech By simply blowing up EVERYTHING! and tearing it open and further experimenting and made an AC from 2 cleaners running it on 24 fat batteries (not joking) However!

    seeing your cake a few things come to mind
    1 the plates that are mounted on the plastic tray? isnt it better to cover the sides 90% with plates to have an effective result without any burned sides
    2 maybe a voltage regulator…(thing adjust voltage wat amps etc manual) to see if it can be improved such as the smoke being less?.
    3 the idea Grid in the bottom and side Some weird home made circuitboard that knows at some point its going to smoke or burn, my possible problem with that is when cooking like that i think it just shuts off because the resistance arnt always the same for the fire to begin.

    i hope you get what i mean to say But in tech im bad in understanding resistors and chips, blowing up making new things without them is easy

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