Coffee Cake 1

Over the years I’ve tried various methods of fitting a full batch of muffins or cupcakes into the Sun Oven. Often a 12 cup pan, or two 6 cup pans placed side by side, won’t fit on the leveling tray. Plus, if  your recipe yields more than 12 muffins there’s no way to get them to fit all in one layer. I’ve found what works best for me is a combination of silicone baking molds, baking pans, muffin tins, and a metal rack. I prefer using a baking pan for the bottom layer. It provides a more stable base and, if your recipe happens to yield an extra muffin or two, it’s easy to fit in a couple of extra molds. The top layer can be a standard 6 cup muffin pan or, if you’ve got a really big batch and need to fit more than six on the top layer, another baking pan. Whichever type of pan you use for the top layer be sure to cross-stack it to allow for better air flow. Put both pans in the Sun Oven at the same time. The top will be ready a little faster (about 5 minutes) and will need to be removed first. The rack simply adds a little extra space for the bottom muffins to rise and keeps the top pan from touching them. I also try to bake anything that is cross-stacked around midday, when the sun is at it’s highest, and the Sun Oven does not need to be tilted too much.

Coffee cake 2

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