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How Do I Make a Cake in a Rice Cooker?

Eugene P.
Eugene P.

It is fairly easy to make a cake in a rice cooker. The properties of a rice cooker are not unlike those inside a standard oven, although the exact type of cooker might need to be considered so the correct cooking mode is selected. The recipes for most cake batters do not need to be modified very much, if at all, to create a cake in a rice cooker. The resulting cake can turn out very moist, light and perfectly cooked without any scorch marks. The non-stick coating that many rice cooker inserts employ also can help to make the cake easy to unmold and the surface very smooth and almost glossy.

When baking a rice cooker cake, the type of cooker is important to consider. A standard rice cooker usually has a single setting for making rice, and this will work perfectly well for a cake, although the cooking cycle might need to be run more than once to finish the cake. Some cookers have a bake setting that will adjust the heat so the cake will bake properly. A few cookers might have a steam setting, which should not be used for most cakes, unless the recipe is specifically for a steamed cake. Some microwave rice cookers will work for baking a cake, although common sense needs to be applied as to which ones will actually work, and which will just heat the batter without allowing it to set.

A rice cooker.
A rice cooker.

In general, the batter recipe used to bake a cake in a rice cooker should not need to be modified. Considerations need to be made about the volume of the cooker, especially if it is small. The batter should not fill the cooker more than halfway, although it is possible to fill it as much as two-thirds full and still have good results. The actual cooking bowl or insert needs to be greased well with oil or butter to ensure the cake does not stick, even if the interior surface is coated in a non-stick material.

Most cake recipes require few or no changes when making them in a rice cooker.
Most cake recipes require few or no changes when making them in a rice cooker.

To bake the cake in a rice cooker, the batter is poured into the greased cooking insert and the cooker is set to a standard cycle. After the cycle is completed, the cake should be tested for doneness with a toothpick. If the cake is not done, then the cycle should be run a second time, although the cake should be tested again for doneness after only a few minutes to prevent it from burning. Once completed, the cake can be unmolded and treated just as if it were a cake that was baked in a standard oven.

Discussion Comments


@turkay1-- I think the only type of rice cooker that will bake a cake properly is one that actually has a cake setting. With others, it's a hit or miss.


@turkay1-- Did you oil the inside of the rice cooker liberally? And what type of cake are you making?

Using a rice cooker can be a great and easy way to make a cake, but some cake mixes work better than others. You might need to try a few different kinds. I've personally had good experiences with ready cake mixes from the store that just require oil, water and eggs. I have not had such good results with cake mixes I made myself.

And you need to use a liberal amount of oil inside the rice cooker to keep it from sticking.


I discovered just a few days ago that I can make a cake in the rice cooker. I've been so excited about it and have been dying to try it out. So I tried it today and the result wasn't as good as I thought it would be.

I had to set the rice cooker twice for the cake to bake, which was fine. But when I tried to remove it from the cooker, it just fell apart. I'm so disappointed.

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    • Most cake recipes require few or no changes when making them in a rice cooker.
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      Most cake recipes require few or no changes when making them in a rice cooker.