Steamed Orange Sponge Pudding in the Pressure Cooker

I’ve been enjoying experimenting with the mini-oven which we can use with the solar power but today there were cloudy skies and much needed rain.

I decided to bake a steamed sponge in the pressure cooker and looked around for some ideas. I first thought about cooking it in the normal way in a pan with boiling water but the recipes I looked at said it would take 2.5 hours. I didn’t have that much time so wanted to find a quicker method using the pressure cooker.

I made this and it came out fine.



  • 100g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 tablespoons of marmalade


  1. Boil some water in a kettle.
  2. Butter a pudding bowl.
  3. Cream together the butter and the sugar.
  4. Beat in the eggs.
  5. Add the flour and stir thoroughly.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and 1 tablespoon of the orange juice and the zest, and mix well.
  7. Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl.
  8. Cover the top with foil and place a plate on top.
  9. Add the boiling water to the pressure cooker.
  10. Place a silicone mat on the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  11. Lower the pudding bowl gently into the pressure cooker. The water should come half way.
  12. Secure the lid of the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure.
  13. Turn down the heat and cook for 50 minutes.
  14. Turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.
  15. Quickly release the pressure and remove the pudding bowl.
  16. Check to see that it is cooked and pour the rest of the orange juice over the top.
  17. Serve with cream.