Rice cooker cake. ( eggless vanilla cake )

Rice cooker cake.

Sometimes it is wonderful to do so some spring ( ? ) cleaning and ..stumble onto some treasures. Amidst all the clutter and chaos I sat in a trance as I saw my old recipe collection for rice cooker ( paper) and it brought back memories of my stay in the U.S.We moved from place to place big and small cities staying from 3 to 6 months in each depending on the duration of my hubby s work.

So we never had a home for sometime, living out of suitcases.It was fun travelling .Out of several suitcases I had many containing only important groceries!! those days we did not know about the Indian stores so to be on the safer side, I had everything except cooking appliances.

So I purchased 2 rice cookers of different sizes , and cooked everything from rice, dal, sambar, rasam all our Indian foods, gravies , never missing Indian food in our hotel room which was our temporary home. It was then I embraced the Rice cooker method of cooking for its convenience, ease, smokeless fuss free cooking. I also tried my hand at baking then after watching some cookery channels. I tried simple cakes and they tasted good.

 My hubby was constantly surprised and amazed at the way I was dishing out good home cooked meals . (Now you can laugh..) .yes!! I would even pack his small office lunch dabba from our temporary residence! As both us do not eat out much, it was a great help and ever since after my return the rice cooker has had a special place in my kitchen. Now I use it only to cook rice based dishes..
Students going abroad for higher studies will definitely find it useful to cook up small homely food in rice cooker in their dorms.
This simple vanilla flavored cake is just as delicious like those baked in regular oven, so for those of you who do not have the oven, microwave or afraid to try the pressure cooker method, this is the best bet as nothing can go wrong.

No temp settings etc..Only you need to watch for the time, Your nose and eyes will guide you! Once you get the confidence , try the oven method .So if you have been admiring all those great baked goodies being posted by experts and beginners, dont lose heart , use the rice cooker for baking too.


1 1/2 cup All purpose flour
1cup sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 eggs or yogurt to make eggless aprox 3/4  cup, keep some extra handy while making batter to adjust consistency)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup milk

Method for oven baking.

Preheat oven t 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C.
Grease  a 9x9 inch pan. Dust it with flour and tap out excess.
In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ( yogurt whisked ),  Add  the vanilla.
Combine flour , baking powder,   baking soda, Mix with the above mixture. stir in the milk and fold gently  until batter is smooth.
Spoon batter into the greased cake tin.Bake for 30-40 minutes until done, a skewer should come clean and cake should spring back when touched.

Method to bake in  RICE COOKER.

Pour batter into the well-greased cooker body ( inside container ).of the rice cooker.
Close with lid, press cook if that is the only button on your Rice cooker. Some newer models have several settings, if it has bake  setting , press that.

Unlike an  oven there is no temperature setting etc, you have to wait till the rice cooker is heated to maximum while cooking the cake inside, during this time it will shift to warm mode from cook mode , as it works on maximum heat dispensed, presuming the content is cooked, but in case of baking , we need to wait it out for minimum 3 minutes and switch back to cook mode, again after few minutes it will go back to warm  mode, keep it for another 5 minutes , again push it down to cook or wait until it can be pushed, don’t fight with the setting and  try to make it stay in cook mode , you will only spoil the switch.

Unlike normal oven where we cannot afford to lose heat , in a  rice cooker it doesn’t matter, as the cooker switches back to warm , when maximum heat is achieved.

So while baking the cake you may have to turn it back to cook mode around three times depending on your model I had to do it three times and gave a gap of 3 minutes to resume to cook mode. In all it took around 45 minutes almost the same time as regular oven

The advantages

You don’t have to worry about setting etc, no need to fear about cake getting burnt quickly.
But you do need to look for cake being done completely by opening lid at least twice, or if you have the glass lid, no need to open. 

Lightly touch the top of cake and it should be firm , spring back.

At the end of nearly 40 minutes the top would have developed  small moon like craters small bubbles, bottom would have baked well, the cake would have left the side indicating it is ready to be removed.

Switch off the rice cooker, keep it to rest for 5 minutes and let it cool completely.
Run a knife carefully around the edges of the cake to ease it out easily by turning it upside down carefully onto a plate held inside. As the height of the rice cooker in case of bigger capacity will sometimes crumble the cake while it falls on the plate, so better take a plate inside, over urn the cooker container and gently tap it.
The bottom turned portion of the cake will become the top and it gets a beautiful brown crust , also shaped well , taking the shape of the contours of the container almost like a dome.

Decorate the way you like maybe some cream cheese frosting etc…or enjoy as it is.
This cake will be moist and light inside and you will not miss the oven effect except for the deep baking colour.

Try rice cooker for simple recipes , and once you have gathered confidence, you can try all sorts of basic cake recipes .

This method is good for those living in dorms like students abroad, who crave for a home baked cake.

Another simple plain cake made in rice cooker