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Cake Ketan Hitam Rice Cooker - Black Glutinous Rice Cake in Rice Cooker

Do you know that glutinous rice is sold in powder form? The white glutinous rice is what we commonly use for making Japanese mochi or Chinese tang yuan, but the black glutinous rice powder is not as commonly used as its white counterpart. In Indonesia, the black powder is used mainly for making cakes or brownies, the texture is denser then cakes made with all purpose or cake flour, but it is still a cake nonetheless, and one can most definitely smell the black glutinous rice aroma, which if you love eating black glutinous rice, you will definitely like this cake. ♥ I learn this recipe from my blogger friend, Ummu Fatima. If you understand Indonesian, you should check out her blog. Hers is a steamed version, I modified it to work for a rice cooker. :)

Cake Ketan Hitam Rice Cooker - Black Glutinous Rice Cake in Rice Cooker
Cake Ketan Hitam Rice Cooker - Black Glutinous Rice Cake in Rice Cooker

Cake Ketan Hitam Rice Cooker - Black Glutinous Rice Cake in Rice Cooker

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins

Serves: 8

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  • 4 eggs
  • 110 gram sugar
  • 125 gram black glutinous rice powder (Indonesian: tepung beras ketan hitam)
  • 110 ml canola oil
  • Tools
  • 1 rice cooker (mine is a basic 10 cup capacity rice cooker with teflon coating pot)


  1. Beat eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until pale, thick, fluffy, and about triple in volume, about 5 minutes with electric beater, or 15 minutes if using hand.
  2. Fold in the glutinous rice powder into the egg mixture until well combine, do not over mixed.
  3. Pour the canola oil in the batter and mix well, do not over mixed.
  4. Brush the rice cooker pot with some melted butter or some canola oil, this step helps the finished cake to unmold from the pot. Then pour the batter into the pot.
  5. Place the rice cooker pot into the rice cooker and press the “cook” button. Once it turns to “warm”, wait for 10 minutes. Repeat the “cook” and “warm” process another 3 times for a total of 4 “cook” and “warm” cycles.
  6. Open the rice cooker lid, and test if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done. If not, repeat the “cook” and “warm” cycle again until the cake is done.
  7. Remove the rice cooker pot, cover the pot with a plate wider than the pot opening, flip upside down and the cake should drop onto the plate.


  • (*) If you don't have a rice cooker, you can pour this into an 18 cm round baking pan and steam for 30 minutes.
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  • Janne Janne says:

    I am Vietnamese. enjoyed their food culture from you. Especially I was doing a research paper on this cake. Hope to receive help from the author

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Janne, what kind of help do you need?

      • Janne Janne says:

        I'm looking for literature on black rice varieties and origins cakes in your article. Thanks for your help.

  • cis cis says:

    Nice cake. Only... I beg you ... do NOT use canola oil, especially NOT for cooking or baking. It is NOT healthy and it is a carcinogenic. It causes cancer. I avoid canola oil as much as possible. Canola does not come from a "canola plant"... it stands for "Canada oil", it is genetically modified rapeseed. How natural is that?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Cis, I am no expert. But for those interested, I think these two articles (<a href="http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-eating/food-safety/article/canola-oil-myths-and-truths" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> and <a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/04/13/ask-the-expert-concerns-about-canola-oil/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> ) should guide you to the right direction whether or not to use canola oil. If you really want to avoid using canola oil, you can use olive oil as well.

  • Merle Merle says:

    Where can I find the black glutinous rice powder in the State? I live in Maryland. Thanks

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Merle, it is impossible to find ready made black glutinous rice powder in the State, though white glutinous rice powder is everywhere. That said, if you are not daunted by the prospect of making your own powder, you can try following <a href="http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/mepssalgaru" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">this recipe</a> which should work well for black glutinous rice as well.

  • YOY YOY says:

    How can I cook black glutinous rice with a Zujishiro Rice cooker. What is the procedure?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hm... does your Zojirushi rice cooker come with a cake function? If yes, you might want to simply use that. Otherwise, I believe the normal "white rice" function should work, but you will need to repeat several times until the cake is done.

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