Buttery Solar Baked Pumpkin Cake

New Sun Oven

This buttery pumpkin cake will be a hit at any holiday party.

Sun Oven Pumpkin Cake

(adapted for the Sun Oven from The Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan)


2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated, yolks lightly beaten

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Peaches and Sun

Peach Cake

I’m always amazed at how good my lopsided Sun Oven cakes look once they’re turned upside down.

Sun Oven Upside Down Peach Cake


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large peach, sliced

1 cup sifted cake flour

3/4 cup cornmeal

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Saved by the Sun Oven

Banana Bread

My Sun Oven and quick google search saved four extremely ripe bananas from winding up in the compost bin this morning.

The recipe I found is so simple it was hard not to add anything to it. If you like you could add cinnamon or some walnuts, but I like the way it really tastes like bananas.

Sun Oven Banana Bread


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten

4 very ripe bananas, mashed

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Surprise Ingredient Classic Cupcakes

Cupcakes side by side

Don’t tell anyone, but these cupcakes get their reddish tint from healthy beets instead of food coloring.

If you have the new All American Sun Oven, two muffin pans will fit side by side on the leveling rack. Otherwise the pans will need to be cross stacked and the bottom cupcakes will take a little longer.

Sun Oven Red Velvet Cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (8 1/4-ounce) can whole beets, drained and pureed in a blender

1/2 cup low-fat butter milk

1/4 cup canola oil

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Solar Honey Cake

cats and Sun Oven

Any kind of honey can be used for this moist, sweet cake.

Sun Oven Honey Citrus Cake


For the Cake:

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cups honey

2/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup honey

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Solar Cheesecake

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Solar Baked Coffee Cake

This cake is best when served warm making it ideal for a mid-afternoon solar baked snack. But don’t worry if you don’t finish it off all in one go, any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and will still be good for a couple of days.

Solar Baked Coffee Cake

(adapted for the Sun Oven from Weight Watchers)



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

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Solar Chocolate Cake

I first heard about baking a cake with sauerkraut at Weight Watchers a few years ago but dismissed it thinking it couldn’t possibly be any good. Then my interest was piqued when I found another version of it in a cookbook called “America’s Best Lost Recipes”. Seems it wasn’t just some wacky weight loss gimmick after all.

Sun Oven Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

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Solar Spice Cake

I used to have a recipe for honey cake that I really liked.

It was a combination of two recipes that I had cut out of magazines. Unfortunately, I never wrote it down and the magazine cuttings were lost a long time ago.

This version from the Weight Watchers website is not quite as good as I remember mine to be. However, it’s easy to make and with a little tweaking might just do the job. Next time I think I’ll forgo the sliced almonds – they add a nice crunch but they’re expensive – and replace them with some raisins mixed in with the applesauce and zest.

Sun Oven Honey Spice Cake

(Adapted for the Sun Oven from Weight Watchers)


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 large eggs

1/4 cup sugar

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Solar Upside-Down Cake

If you find that you Sun Oven baked cakes are coming out a little lopsided try baking an upside-down cake. Any imperfection disappears once it’s flipped over. That makes it an ideal candidate for Sun Oven cooking.

Sun Oven Apple Upside-Down Cake


1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 baking apples, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

2 tablespoons water

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

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