Atta Ikede

November 10, 2009

Rice cooker cake!

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 5:30 pm

Yes! I’ve discovered a new way to hack a box cake!

I learned about this one when I was researching rice cookers. I bought one off amazon a few weeks ago. it’s a small zojirushi that has settings for rice and porridge. Newer models actually have a cake function built in. Mine doesn’t, but a little googling indicated that others have used more ghetto rice cookers to “bake” cakes, so it should definitely be possible to me to make one using mine.

And guess what! It works! the resulting cake is supremely fluffy and light – probably because it’s actually been steamed rather than baked. In fact, I just finished enjoying a piece right now! I took a photo.. i’ll post it later too.

So here’s the deal:

I have a small 3 cup rice cooker, so I used half a box of normal store bought cake mix. I mixed up the ingredients and poured the batter into the rice cooker. I ended up having to run the rice cooker through 3 cycles in order to bake the cake.

I used the rice cycle the first two times. I’m pretty sure both of these cycles were useless. The batter stayed 100% liquid this whole time. I kind of got curious during the second one and checked in a couple times, and when I found the batter was still raw, I canceled it before it completed its final steaming cycle. Frustrated, I turned to the porridge cycle and tried it. (I had to wait for the cooker to cool a bit though — for some reason, I’m able to run rice cycles one after another but it can’t switch between rice and porridge without cooling down in between.)

Side Note: Interestingly, I don’t think the porridge cycle is meant for normal porridge. Instead, I think it’s for some kind of “congee” like rice-porridge type dish. In other words, it’s for Asian porridge, not for British porridge.

Either way, 1 very long porridge cycle later, I was surprised to find myself with a nicely steamed, very soft, fully cooked box cake! I’m very happy with the results.

The only downside of the whole affair was that the cake mix I selected was on sale at Safeway for $1 and didn’t end up to be very delicious. I’ll probably do one more test with the other half of the mix — this time only using the porridge cycle once to see if it cooks properly. If that works, I’m going to try this with cake batter made from scratch. Box cake is convenient for experimentation but this flavour was just way too weird.

Warning – some recipes I found online suggested you dump an entire can of store bought frosting into the rice cooker before pouring in the prepared cake mix. Apparently this makes for a fudgy kind of topping on the cake. I found this idea a little alarming and didn’t try it. The box cake seems plenty sweet to me…



  1. lol innovation at its best!

    Comment by cherylsafina — December 7, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

  2. I’ve had no opportunity to try this yet, but it’s so crasy it should work. I don’t know when I will next speak to you, so enjoy the holiday’s and have a great new years!!!!

    Comment by Julie — December 17, 2009 @ 10:24 am

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