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How to Make a Simple Cake Using a Rice Cooker

My recipe articles reflect my eating style and you'll find recipes that are Paleo, low carb, and Japanese.

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 is 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 easily with my rice cooker. It not only saves me a lot of time, but it's also 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. The amount of eggs, water and oil will vary depending on your cake mix, so follow the directions accordingly.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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 up 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 it 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 is 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.

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

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

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 it.

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!

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