Philips Avance XL Airfryer and a recipe for zebra butter cake

I was given a Philips Avance XL Airfryer to review recently, and like a kid with a new toy, I had been cooking all sorts of things with it.

I am convinced that there is very little this airfryer cannot do. Among other things, I have grilled teriyaki saba fish and made quick and easy pizzas with the airfryer. With a larger cabin size of 1.2 kg, I can even roast a small chicken in the airfryer! I love the fact that the airfryer can cook up to 30% faster (indeed, my teriyaki saba was ready in merely 8 minutes) yet with up to 80% less fat!

However, when I was informed that I could actually bake a cake with the Philips Airfryer due to the development and implementation of the Rapid Air Technology, I was kind of skeptical. Images of fried cakes came to mind.

But curiosity got the better of me, and in the end, I gave it a shot. And you know what?  Not only did I bake a cake with my Airfryer, my cake was soft and tender too.


I am over the moon! This means that I can bake quick cakes for breakfasts, and since the Philips Airfryer uses less electricity than my oven, it also means I can bake more regularly and not have to feel so guilty!!

And for those who do not have an oven at home, in addition to being able to eat more healthily, you can now also bake cakes at home.

Here’s how I made this cake.

The butter and sugar were beaten together in a mixing bowl until the mixture turned light and fluffy.

Into this, I added the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.

Then in went the vanilla extract and the milk.

Into this mixture (which looked like it had curdled), I added the flour in two additions, folding in well after each addition.

The batter was divided into two equal parts.

Into one, I added cocoa powder which I had sifted.

Once that was done, I added two tablespoonfuls of the lighter batter onto the middle of the base of a greased and lined baking pan. Then I added two tablespoonfuls of the darker batter into the middle of the lighter batter. I kept alternating the batters until the batters were used up. You may need to tap the baking pan to help the batter to spread out.

I placed the baking pan into the basket of the Airfryer which had been pre-heated to 160C (I pre-heated the Airfryer for 2 minutes) and the cake was baked for 30 minutes.

I am amazed. Who would have thought that a small machine can accomplish so much?

Since I used virtually no oil when I airfried my food, there was almost no smoke and grease in my kitchen. The air in the airfryer took a very short time to heat up, so I could actually open the cabin at any time to add or remove ingredients and not affect what I had been cooking as the air simply heated up quickly again once I had closed the cabin.

Cooking is now quick, effortless and healthy. I am constantly amazed at what technology brings us, and I think the invention of the Philips Airfryer is one of the best things to have happened in recent history!!

Zebra Butter Cake
Serves 6
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  1. 115g butter
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 100g castor sugar
  4. 100g self raising flour, sifted
  5. 30ml milk
  6. 1tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  1. Preheat airfryer at 160C. Line the 6" baking tin base and grease the side of the tin
  2. Beat butter and sugar in mixer till fluffy
  3. Add eggs one at a time then add vanilla extract and milk. Mix well in mixer
  4. Add sifted flour and mix till incorporated
  5. Scoop half batter out and set aside
  6. Add cocoa powder to the batter in mixer and mix well
  7. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the plain batter on center of baking tin. Then scoop 2 tablespoons of chocolate batter on the centre of the plain batter in the baking tin. Keep scooping by alternating the both batter till finish. After every scoop of batter into the tin, try to tap the tin to let batter spread out.
  8. Place baking tin in airfryer and bake at 160C for 30 minutes or till skewer emerges cleanly.
Adapted from Tiffany Koong
Adapted from Tiffany Koong
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Disclaimer: This is a post for a product experience trial, sponsored by Philips. While I was given a Philips Avance XL AirFryer to review for this post, all opinions expressed here are my own.