Easy Campervan Cake Baking Recipes and Ideas

5 Easy Campervan Cake Baking Recipes

Firstly- How do you bake in a Camper Van? 

If you have a built in oven in your van then the answer is easy-just like in a house! If like us- you chose not to, then there is a very simple and cheap solution- an Omnia Oven. Yes I know we bang on about these a lot, but honestly- you can cook virtually anything you would normally cook in an oven in them….even cakes! 

How to Bake a Cake in an Omnia Oven

It’s simple- you just put the cake mixture in the Omnia and then place on top of the hob. 

We just have 2 bits of advice for baking cakes in an omnia:

1.    Cook on a much lower flame than normal- otherwise your cake might get a burnt bum! 

2.    Use an Omnia silicone liner - It makes getting the cakes out much easier and are also much easier to clean. 

If you are looking to buy an Omnia Oven or any accessories then please take a look at our Omnia Oven UK Shop here

Omnia Oven stove top cooker for cake baking and cooking

Our Top 5 Cakes Recipes Baked in the Van 

We thought we would share our top 5 cake recipes that have been simple and super tasty cooked in our campervan. As we are vegans they are vegan recipes but are easily made back into non-vegan if you prefer. We cook all ours with an Omnia but you could use a built in oven and just replace the omnia with a cake tin.

Here it goes: 

Vegan carrot cake make in an Omnia Oven

Carrot and Pecan Cake 


-      225ml vegetable oil 

-      200g plain flour

-      1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

-      275g light brown sugar (white also works)

-      3 tsp egg replacer

-      8 tbs water

-      2 tsp ground cinnamon 

-      250g grated carrots

-      100g pecans 

For the optional topping 

-      150g vegan cream cheese

-      75g caster sugar

-      50g vegan butter 


1.    Grate the carrots and chop the pecans into small pieces. Leave 5-6 whole for the topping

2.    Add the vegetable oil, flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, egg replacer, water and cinnamon to a bowl and mix.

3.    Add in the carrots and pecans

4.    Place in the omnia on a low flame for 50-60 minutes. 

5.    Meanwhile mix the cream cheese, sugar and butter in a bowl. Whisk until all the lumps have gone and leave somewhere cool (A fridge ideally) 

6.    Once the cake has cooked (use a skewer to see if it comes out clean) remove from the Omnia and allow to cool 

7. Once cooled spoon on the cream cheese and arrange whole pecans 

Vegan Coffee and Walnut cake made in an Omnia Oven

Coffee and Walnut Cake


-      225g vegetable oil 

-      100g walnuts roughly chopped

-      125g dark brown sugar 

-      100g white sugar

-      1 tsp baking powder

-      225g plain flour

-      2 tbs instant espresso dissolved in 1 tbs boiling water

-      4 tsp egg replacer

-      10 tbs water 

For the icing:

-      250g icing sugar

-      100g vegan butter or margarine

-      1.5 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in boiling water


1.    Grease the Omnia or liner (advised) 

2.    Mix the walnuts, brown and white sugar, baking powder and plain flour in a mixing bowl 

3.    Preheat the Omnia on a low flame

4.    Make a well in the centre and add the vegetable oil, espresso, egg replacer and water and mix thoroughly until you have a smooth batter

5.    Add the mixture to the omnia/liner and bake for 60 minutes or when a skewer comes out clean 

6.    Leave to cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the Omnia onto a plate or cake tin to cool fully

7.    Meanwhile to make the icing- beat the icing sugar and butter until light and fluffy then add the dissolved coffee whisk and keep somewhere cool until the cake is ready for it to be spread on top. 

Easy Vegan ginger cake recipe Sticky Ginger Cake (Adapted from The Domestic Gothess recipe ) 


-      225g plain flour

-      1 tsp baking powder

-      1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

-      2.5 tsp ground ginger

-      1 tsp mixed spice 

-      80g caster sugar

-      80ml sunflower oil 

-      100g golden syrup 

-      100g treacle 

-      180ml boiling water 


1.    Grease the omnia / liner (advised) and preheat the omnia on a low flame 

2.    Whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, mixed spice and caster sugar in a bowl 

3.    Add the golden syrup, treacle, sunflower oil and boiling water and whisk until smooth

4.    Pour the mixture into the Omnia / liner and bake for approx. 25 mins or until the skewer comes out clean

5. Leave to cool in the Omnia and then flip out into a tin or a plate 

Original recipe on The Domestic Gothess website

 Easy vegan cinnamon bun recipe


Cinnamon Buns (Adapted from The Van Taste recipe)


-      350g plain flour

-      200ml soya milk

-      100g + 40g Margarine 

-      2 tbs + 1 tbs sugar 

-      1 tsp egg replacer

-      2 tbs water

-      1 tbs cinnamon

-      1 tbs dry yeast

-      Pinch of salt 


1.    Grease the Omnia/liner in preparation

2.    Melt 40g butter in a small bowl. Add the milk and whisk to combine. Add the dry yeast and let it rise for 10 minutes

3.    After 10 minutes add the egg replacer, water, 2 tbsp of sugar and salt and mix 

4.    Add the flour slowly and knead the dough until it becomes soft. Let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place (In the van we cover the bowl with a tea towel and place in from of the heater vent to help it rise!)

5.    Once risen, flour a worksurface and roll out the dough to a rectangular shape with an approx. thickness of 2cm. 

6.    Mix 100g warm butter with 1 tbs of sugar and the cinnamon and spread onto the dough. 

7.    Roll the dough into 1 long roll and cut into 3cm thick slices. 

8.    Place the slices next to each other in the Omnia and bake for 25 minutes on a low flame. 

Original recipe on The Van Taste website.

Vegan Golden Syrup Cake receipe baked in an omnia oven

Golden Syrup Cake


-      150g margarine 

-      64g caster sugar

-      380g plain flour

-      2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

-      Pinch of salt

-      2 tsp baking powder

-      600ml of golden syrup 

-      450ml boiling water 


1.    Grease the Omnia / liner (recommended) 

2.    Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth (The mixture will be quite runny)

3.    Add the mixture to the Omnia/liner on a low flame for 40-50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean

4.    Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes then flip onto a bowl or cake tin

5.    Drizzle with extra golden syrup and enjoy! 

Omnia stove top cooker which can be used for baking delicious cakes

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If you have any questions following reading this blog or any general van life questions then please do contact us-  we are always happy to help. Please do also feel free to leave us a comment below. 




  • Tony Maslin

    Good morning

    Please will you say if you have ever tried to make bread in the Omnia. If so, please will you share your recipe and the outcome.

    Thank you

  • Jacqui - Brown Bird & Co

    Thank you for your comment Patricia. Great idea about the zip lock bag if having shorter trips away!
    I’ll take a look the Omnia recipes they should be pulling into one feed so will check the settings.
    Happy Baking

  • Patricia

    Hi, made your “Omnia” Sticky Ginger Cake and it was lovely and moist though I did add some chopped crystallised ginger for texture. I placed all the dry ingredients in a ziplock bag and the syrup in a bottle prior to our trip, this made it very easy to produce a cake for tea.
    A suggestion though, it would be great if all your “Omnia” recipes were listed in one area as it would make the search easier. Now just have to decide what to try next.

  • Jacqui - Brown Bird & Company

    Hi All
    Thanks very much for your comments and so glad to hear that this information is useful to you. We will continue to share more recipes that we hope will help 😊any questions please do use the contact page and we will help where we can.

  • Barb Ross

    I love my new Omnia Stovetop Oven! Your recipes are wonderful for getting comfortable using it. I follow a Keto way of eating but it’s not difficult to convert the recipes to suit my personal needs. We are week-at-a-time campers because we have animals at home to care for & need to hire someone when we are gone. But that in no way, diminishes our enjoyment to get out there & go!

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