An electric frying pan, also known as an electric skillet, is a versatile countertop appliance capable of more than just frying. You can use an electric frying pan to bake foods such as cakes, biscuits, cornbread and potatoes--all without turning on your oven. You'll have to make a few adjustments, such as lining the frying pan with aluminum foil or using a baking pan that fits inside the frying pan, but you can still use your favorite recipes and mixes.
Baking Pan Method
Place the lid on the electric frying pan and turn the temperature dial to the oven temperature specified in the recipe.
Prepare the food per the recipe directions and place into a baking pan.
Remove the frying pan lid and place a wire rack inside the base. Center the baking pan on the wire rack. Place the lid on the frying pan, slightly ajar.
Bake the food for the recommended time, or until the item is done.
Remove the baked food and turn off the frying pan.
Aluminum Foil Method for Cakes
Line the bottom and sides of the frying pan with aluminum foil. Remove the foil and set aside.
Put the lid on the pan and turn the temperature dial to 275 degrees F.
Prepare the cake per the recipe or package directions.
Remove the frying pan lid and put the aluminum foil liner back in the base. Pour the cake batter into the lined frying pan. Place the lid on the frying pan, slightly ajar.
Bake the cake 45 minutes, or until done. Remove the lid and bake an additional five minutes to dry the top of the cake, if desired.
Turn off the pan and disconnect the cord.
Place a plate or tray over the frying pan and carefully turn the pan over to remove the cake.
Peel away the aluminum foil liner and allow the cake to cool.
Using a wire rack to raise the baking pan off the surface of the frying pan prevents burning and allows the heat to circulate. Use metal skewers or small crumpled aluminum foil balls if you don't have a wire rack.
Crystal Marie launched her freelance writing career in July 2009 after working for nearly 20 years in public health. She writes for various websites and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and human resources management from Simpson University.