Can I broil a box cake in the oven? HELP!

My oven has recently broken, it turns on but does not heat. On the other hand, my broiler works just fine and I've been able to cook peach cobbler and peach bread, though that calls for a different recipe. Of course. it's a pandemic and I'm unable to get the oven fixed right now, I will be making a 4 tier chocolate box cake for my friends birthday in a square 8x8" pan and I really don't want to mess it up, is there any possible way to figure out how long to bake a cake in the oven on the low broiler setting, should i just check it every 15 minutes?
Thank you in advance

chacha21
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Nancy May 6, 2020
Chacazi - first it's wonderful you're marking your friends birthday in this pandemic.
BakerBren has given some suggestions for how to broil a cake.
But I (still) fear the results because of the top down broiler heating.
There is an established & tested method of baking a cake using a stovetop.
It's really a steaming method, and needs a lidded frypan or saucepan.
Many recipes out there....see if they correspond to your box mix, or need a little adjustment.
Good luck.

 
chacha21 May 6, 2020
Thank you, I actually haven't thought about that method at all. I will look into it and see if the options are good for me!!
 
BakerBren May 6, 2020
Broilers cook via radiation, so the key to avoid burning your cake is to place a heat shield between the broiler element and the cake. This assumes your oven has a broiler element in the top--not a separate broiler drawer (that won't work). Place the cake on a lower rack far away from the broiler and another rack halfway between the cake and broiler. On that empty rack, place a heat shield such as an aluminum sheet pan (not non-stick coated or it could burn!). A simple sheet of aluminum foil could work as well. To work, the heat shield only needs to be large enough to cast a shadow over the cake from the broiler.
Alternately, you can microwave cake batter just fine. I wouldn't recommend doing it all in one 8x8 pan at once, but rather splitting it into 2-3 smaller round ramekins, mugs, or bowls. If you have a microwaveable square container you can use that. Look for time recommendations in a Google search, but 2-3minutes usually does it per cake for me. Layering and frosting hide the imperfections. Good luck!
 
chacha21 May 6, 2020
Thanks, I'm for sure side eyeing the microwave only because i do need the cake to be firm. But, I have thought about using the bottom rack but thanks for the tip on covering the middle rack, it seems im gonna have to try a test cast first.
 
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