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How to Make a Simple Cake Using a Rice Cooker

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A moist slice of cake made in a rice cooker

A moist slice of cake made in a rice cooker

A New Way To Cook

Spring has officially arrived and there's a sense of anticipation in the air. To many Japanese, cherry blossom trees in full bloom signify new beginnings and the perfect time of the year to start something new. For me, it's about reflecting on the first quarter of the year, taking stock of what I've done so far, and seeing whether I can make further positive changes in my life.

Cooking with rice cookers are more energy efficient than stove tops.

I've made a vow to be more conscious of the world around me—that every action we take has consequences in the larger scheme of things. Two years ago, we switched all our appliances ( i.e. electric stove tops, ovens, air conditioners ) to energy-saving ones.

At the same time, I started experimenting with my rice cooker for things other than just rice. I knew others were already doing this and after I found out how much energy cooking with your rice cooker actually saves, I've started to use it a lot more.

I still use my smart oven ( all-in-one oven, grill, microwave ) when I need to, but for some things, the rice cooker does a really good job. For instance, I can make a good pot of soup with easily with my rice cooker. It not only saves me a lot of time, it's a much more energy efficient method of cooking than using your stove top.

Baking Cake the Easy Way

Today I'm going to show you how I make an easy cake using the rice cooker. To keep things simple, I've used a cake mix right out of the box so it's as simple as 1, 2, 3. The texture of the cake will not be exactly the same as those you make in the oven. But it turns out surprisingly moist and good enough to satisfy any cake lover. Here are some things to keep in mind when cooking with your rice cooker.

Helpful Tips

  • Cooking time will depend on your individual rice cooker.
  • You may have to make your cake cook for an extra round or two, depending on your rice cooker.
  • Some rice cookers come with a cake mode, which makes it even easier.

I've kept this recipe as simple as I could and served the cake with some fresh strawberries and whipped cream. If you like, you can cut the cake into layers (after the cake has cooled completely) to make a nice domed-shaped layer cake.

Helpful Tips

Use your favorite cake mix brand and flavor. Amount of eggs, water and oil will vary depending on your cake mix so follow the directions accordingly.


  • 1 box cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Fresh strawberries ( optional )
  • Whipped cream ( optional )

Step-By-Step Instructions With Photos

Just follow along with the photos below and you're on your way to the perfectly moist cake.

Cake mix and ingredients

Cake mix and ingredients

Step 1


Have all the necessary ingredients ready. My cake mix calls for 3 eggs, water and oil. In my case, I've used grapeseed oil to make the cake just a little healthier.

For a richer tasting cake, you can opt to use butter.

Mix ingredients together in a bowl

Mix ingredients together in a bowl

Step 2

Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix using an electric beater or wire whisk. I find using a whisk is easy for instant cake mixes and makes for easier cleaning, but it's really up to you.

Just make sure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. However, don't overmix! You'll end up with a tough cake. Yuck!

Cake batter after mixing should look like this.

Cake batter after mixing should look like this.

Step 3

After two minutes, my cake batter looks something like this. Since I've decided to use a strawberry cake mix, the batter makes my entire kitchen smell like a field of strawberries.

You can use any flavor you like. Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry...it's really your choice!

Pour the cake batter into the rice cooker.

Pour the cake batter into the rice cooker.

Step 4

Most rice cookers are non-stick so you can pour the cake batter right in. Once the batter is poured in, turn on the switch of your rice cooker.

Depending on your rice cooker, you may have to do this 2-3 times. Some modern rice cookers come with a convenient cake mode.

State-of-the-art rice cooker.

State-of-the-art rice cooker.

Step 5

By the way, my rice cooker sits right next to my bread baker and doesn't take much space. It's become one of my favorite appliances to use.

The sleek and modern design makes it perfect for small kitchens like mine.

Test the cake for doneness.

Test the cake for doneness.

Step 6

Check to see that your cake is done by touching it lightly with your fingers.

If it springs back to touch, it should be ready.

You can also check but inserting a toothpick in. If it comes out clean, it's ready.

Cool the cake on a wire rack.

Cool the cake on a wire rack.

Step 7

Take the cake out of the rice cooker and cool on a wire rack. If you're frosting the cake, let it cool completely.

If you prefer to eat it as is, wait 10 minutes and eat it while it's nice and warm!

Whipped cream is optional

Whipped cream is optional

Step 8

Just to fancy it up a bit, I've decided to serve my cake with some homemade whipped cream and strawberries, sort of like strawberry shortcake but way easier.

You can use Cool Whip if you prefer, but I like using fresh cream and whipping it up myself.

Fresh strawberries are perfect to accompany the cake.

Fresh strawberries are perfect to accompany the cake.

Step 9

A basket of fresh strawberries are washed and ready to be served with my cake.

I think the strawberries would also go well with other flavored cake mixes, such as chocolate, red velvet and even vanilla.

Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

Step 10

If you are using fresh cream, make sure to whip it until stiff peaks form and add some sugar and some vanilla extract.

For whipping cream, I find an electric beater makes it easier. If you're having trouble getting it to thicken, add a hint of cream of tartar, which should do the trick.


Step 11

Place the cake on a platter with the round side up as I think it looks more pleasing this way.

If you would like to frost the cake, make sure the cake is completely cool before you frost.

A Beautiful Slice of Rice-Cooker Cake

Sliced and placed on a plate with a strawberry and a dollop of whipped cream. Pure decadence!

Sliced and placed on a plate with a strawberry and a dollop of whipped cream. Pure decadence!

Did You Enjoy This Recipe?

Do you own a rice cooker? Have you ever used it for cooking cake? Please feel free to leave your comments. Thanks!

betty on June 09, 2018:

Just made cheesecake in my 1960's rice cooker. After 2 cycles I just left it on warm for an hour, then moved the aluminum pan to a cooling rack. Perfect and so easy! Mine didn't burn but if you are concerned, make a bed of Graham cracker crust on the bottom of the pan before pouring in the batter.

Delia on June 06, 2018:

Wow, I must try this! I have two rice cookers and will be using one for baking. Did you ever make the cheese cake? My husband eats rice every day...he loves soups and I also want to try it in the rice cooker. Thanks for sharing!

Kate on September 06, 2017:

To Cee Cee: At best you should try 5 or 6 minutes just to be safe as each cooker is different. Be sure to check on the cake between each time.

To Alison: I definitely would not recommend putting paper or an insert in the cooker, I think if the chocolate is melting to the bottom you should put a layer of batter without chocolate chips, and then add the rest of the batter with the chips. If your cooker has a cake mode I'm sure everything will go much easier for you. Though I've never added chocolate into the batter.

To Bushra: If your cake is burning on the bottom maybe try cutting the burnt pieces off after it's done cooking? But if not you could try experimenting with paper...maybe try baking strips if those are even available? Things work kinda different for an oven, so usual ways of preventing burning are a tad different.

Cee Cee on July 04, 2017:

My mother used to bake sponge cakes with the rice cooker during the early 70's. She taught me but I forgot how to do it. Now you just refreshed my memories, the trick is to cook it 2-3 times. How many minutes I have to wait in-between each time intervals. Or do I push it down right away as soon as it pops up. Please advice. Thank you

Alison on June 12, 2017:

I have a rice cooker and used my old one to bake a cake - the one problem I found was that because I added choc chips to my vanilla cake mix, the choc chips somehow stuck to the bottom of the rice cooker when it cooked and damaged it.

It might have been because it was an older cooker and perhaps I should have greased it.

BTW - Can you line it with greaseproof paper or use a silicone insert instead?

I am concerned about this happening to my new rice cooker (which does have cake mode..)

bushra on November 10, 2016:

i use the same cake mix just the difference is its super moist triple chocolate fudge mix...the problem i am facing is that until my cake is done till up the below one grt burn....the down side which touches pan taste bad ...while the rest cake taste perfect...how can i prevent the cake to be burn from down....

please answer me

yeshidorjisonam on August 30, 2016:

1 box cake mix means ? is it ready made cake?

Pelio on January 29, 2016:

I find it so quick and easy. Can you comment here or message me via e-mail the complete recipe together with the measurement of each ingredient? Thank you!

bonniecrocker on August 15, 2015:

Be careful not to let it burn. Mine looked great at the top and sprung back but burnt on the bottom which I simply sliced off. I would check after 30 minutes and see. Thanks so much for telling me the secret of the rice cooker. I've been using other recipes and I am so impressed. Who would have thought?

my1sandra on May 30, 2015:

1St time I cooked a cake from a box in the rice cooker. I have a cake mode on my rice cooker so I cooked it for 50 mins and the cake came out beautifully and taste awesome ... Well I did use peach schnapps instead of water

Kuniko Sturkie from South Carolina on March 16, 2015:

Can't wait to try^_^thank u^_^

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on January 18, 2015:

Hi smine27, This dessert recipe is a nice idea. Thanks for sharing!

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on September 15, 2014:

Thanks to everyone who commented above. Making the cake in the rice cooker always results in a super moist cake for me. Next I think I'm going to experiment with a cheesecake. Wish me luck ;)

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on September 11, 2014:

What a awesome recipe Smine! That's one thing I don't have is a rice cooker. I might have to invest in one. :)

Jim from Kansas on September 11, 2014:

One more reason to own a rice cooker. Great idea.

Fay Favored from USA on August 27, 2014:

Had to come back and say congratulations on LOTD.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 27, 2014:

Congrats on LotD! What a great way to use a rice cooker.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 27, 2014:

I have a Zojirushi Bread maker and it mixes the batter for the cake as well as bakes it. It is way more energy efficient than using the stove. Great lens and good idea. Well done on the LOTD.

Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on July 26, 2014:

I live in a country where rice is the staple food so we have a rice cooker and use it every day. I've made rice cooker cakes a few times (discovered the technique when I lived in a tiny apartment without an oven!) but it always burns on the bottom. Yours looks great!

Fay Favored from USA on July 24, 2014:

This is so cool, and I have a rice cooker. Love all the ideas you bring to the "table."

queenofduvetcover on July 21, 2014:

Wow, I never thought you could make a cake with a rice cooker! Loved this lens.Thanks for sharing. =)

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on July 16, 2014:

I don't own a rice cooker. I'm amazed to learn what all can be prepared in one.

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on July 16, 2014:

What a wonderful idea! Perfect for baking a cake without having to heat the house up in the summertime!

rhettaa on July 15, 2014:

I have a rice cooker I have never used. I can't wait to try this!

RoadMonkey on July 14, 2014:

No, I don't have a rice cooker but maybe it's something I should get. Certainly that cake looks delicious!

HannaReds on July 14, 2014:

I will surely try this one! Very easy and affordable cake. :)) thought rice cooker is for rice only, that's why it's called rice cooker but it can be a cake cooker too! (laughs!) :)) great great idea. :))

CherylsArt on July 13, 2014:

I see that your rice cooker has a bowl shape. Ours has a plastic bowl with a 90 degree edge around the bottom of the bowl. I'm not sure if that would work, but do like the idea. : )

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on July 12, 2014:

Genius idea! I LOVE my rice cooker. And had no idea I could make a cake in it. What fun!

Shamim Rajabali from Texas on July 11, 2014:

I have a Black and Decker rice cooker, will try this recipe.

puppy-love on July 09, 2014:

great idea!

I also love the suggestion of eating this as a light breakfast!!

snowwhitecat2014 on July 08, 2014:

This is really creative. I didn't know you could use a rice cooker for other foods.

topclimb lm on July 08, 2014:

I used to live in Japan and I still have my rice cooker-love it! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks!

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Rhonda Lytle: Exactly! Thanks for visiting.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@ramonabeckbritman: Oh a rice cooker definitely makes it easier to make a cake. Cakes always turn out fluffy.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@ecogranny: Grace I know they cook brown rice perfectly bit. To too sure about long grain, although I don't see why not. I'm going to try that to see if it works.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@mumsgather: My pleasure. Thanks for stopping by!

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@SusanDeppner: It certainly was my pleasure. I have a cheesecake coming up soon.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@chrisilouwho: These are great for spring and summer. Light and refreshing.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Elsie Hagley: Glad you like this. The cake turns out amazingly moist.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Brite-Ideas: Yes a rice cooker has so many uses.

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Jerzimom: Thanks Cheryl. Glad you liked it!

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Merrci: Oh yes they are fantastic!

Shinichi Mine (author) from Tokyo, Japan on July 08, 2014:

@Andromachi: Yep, more rice cooker recipes coming your way.

Andromachi Polychroniou from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece on July 05, 2014:

I didn't know you could a rice cooker this way. I think its time for us to get one.

Jordan on July 04, 2014:

Looks good and i would try it but i do not have a rice cooker. It is a great way to make a cake and not heat up the house! Great page! i am going to Pin it to my pinterest recipes to try

Lynn Klobuchar on July 04, 2014:

I need to get one. Nifty lens.

PaigSr from State of Confusion on July 04, 2014:

Interesting idea. Its always fun to find new ways to make cake.

TerriCarr on July 03, 2014:

I was surprised to discover I can make oatmeal in my rice cooker/veggie steamer. But I hadn't thought of trying to make cake in it. Hmmmm. We'll see. Maybe before long, we will be doing away with stoves completely!

Scindhia from Chennai on July 02, 2014:

Innovative concept. Love the look of the recipe.

blessedmomto7 on July 02, 2014:

I've never considered making a cake in my rice cooker. I'll have to try it!

Marie on June 27, 2014:

Wow, this is new. I've never heard of cakes being made this way and it looks fabulous too :)

Lorna from USA on June 23, 2014:

Yummy! You always have great looking food. Rice cooker to make a cake? Interesting!

yayang0405 lm on May 30, 2014:

Nice tip. I didn't realized that you can can make a simple cake in a rice cooker.

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on May 21, 2014:

I would have never thought of using a rice cooker. It makes so much sense and saves cents! Plus, this way, I could have cake without heating up the entire kitchen like the oven does. Love it!

Ramona from Arkansas on April 26, 2014:

I've never owned a rice cooker. Surely would have never known you could make a cake in it. Your cake looks so fluffy and soft! I'm going to have to invest in a rice cooker now. being that I'm not much of a baker. But, I think I can do this. Thank you for your tip.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on April 25, 2014:

I do not, although I have been thinking of getting one. I understand they are quite versatile. Your lovely cake proves it! I am curious how they do with long grain brown rice and whether one can cook other whole grains in them.

mumsgather on April 16, 2014:

What a clever idea and great use of the rice cooker. I must try this soon. Thanks.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 13, 2014:

I never would have thought to use my rice cooker for cake (though I'm wondering if that's mentioned in the instruction booklet - if so, I forgot about it) but what a wonderful idea, especially in warm weather. Your strawberry combination looks especially delightful. Thanks for sharing!

chrisilouwho on April 10, 2014:

Wow, yet another great use for the rice cooker! Strawberries and whipped cream are a wonderful suggestion for serving, thanks!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on April 07, 2014:

I don't have a rice cooker, but this cake looks so inviting I might have to get one.

You did a great job of presenting it to us. Thanks.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on April 07, 2014:

I had no idea you could make a cake with a rice cooker! - I'll have to try this sometime

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on April 07, 2014:

Very nice! I love the tutorial about it make this in your rice cooker.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on April 07, 2014:

I don't own a rice cooker. I had no idea they could be used for more than rice! What a beautiful cake and excellent 'how-to.' I may have to put one of these on my wish list.

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