Outdoor cooking conjures images of hamburgers and hot dogs, but it also includes desserts. Most desserts for a grilling feast are made ahead of time, are cooked inside or are no-cook options such as ice cream. Consider making a cake on your barbecue grill once the meat has finished cooking. A grill thermometer to closely monitor the temperature is critical for even baking, and baking a cake on a barbecue grill is just as straightforward as using your oven inside.

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Light the burners of a gas grill on one side of the grill. If using a charcoal grill, move the pile of lit charcoal to one half of the grill.

Affix the thermometer to the grill, and heat it until reaching 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the cake pan on the grates over the cold side of the grill.

Close the lid and bake the cake for 60 to 75 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the cake springs back when you press it in the center and a toothpick comes out without crumbs after inserting it into the middle.

Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes.

Remove the cake from the pan, and finish cooling on a wire rack until room temperature.


  • Add a handful of soaked hardwood chips from an apple or cherry tree to the smoking box or on top of the charcoals in your grill to impart a sweet smoke flavor to your cake. Try apple chips with a spice cake or cherry wood with an almond-flavored cake.