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Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker
Who says you cannot bake a cake without an oven? If you have a rice cooker, you can totally bake a cake. Use it to bake this easy and delicious apple cake.
After my success with the no bake lime cake, I feel confident enough to tackle baking a cake in my rice cooker. The easiest one has to be this upside down apple cake since there is no decorating involved. I suck at cake decoration, I am pathetic like that. :D If apple is not your cup of tea, you can use pear or pineapple, the other two classic fruits for an upside down cake. One day, I will have my oven (again), but for now, I am glad I can use my rice cooker for something other than cooking rice and steaming. ♥
Can you tell that I flipped a bowl upside down and stacked my plate on top of it to make a make shift “cake stand”? Pretty appropriate stand for an upside down cake, don’t you think? Now you know just how often I actually make a cake huh, haha, like once in a blue moon. ♥
Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker
- 180 gram all purpose flour, sifted
- 70 gram sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon vanilla powder (vanilla essence works even better)
- 1 egg
- 150 ml milk
- 50 gram butter, melted
- 1 apple (I use a Fuji apple)
- cinnamon powder
- 1 rice cooker (mine is a basic 10 cup capacity rice cooker with teflon coating pot)
- First, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and vanilla powder in a mixing bowl. These are basically all the dry ingredients. If you are using vanilla essence, add the essence in the next step.
- Next, add the egg, milk, and melted butter into the mixing bowl. Stir/whisk until well combined and try to remove all the lumps from the batter.
- Peel and core the apple, divide into 12 sections and place them in a circle at the bottom of the rice cooker pot. Sprinkle with some cinnamon.
- Pour the batter to completely cover the apples, flatten the batter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, and voila, you have just bake a cake with your rice cooker. Best served immediately while the cake is still warm.
I love this recipe. It's so cool you used a rice cooker I love how multipurpose they are. I have a rice cooker that also can be used as a slow cooker so I have even more ways to cook this cake. I can't wait to try (I'll probably try a pineapple upsidedown cake since I live in Hawaii and pineapples are so easy to get). I also love your faux cake stand, I may steal your Idea next time I make a cake :)
Hi Joybee, it is so true that rice cooker is one of the most under utilized electronics in the kitchen. Up until I tried baking and cooking different kind of rice dishes with my rice cooker, its sole job had been cooking steamed white rice and simple steaming, pretty sad huh? But I know better now.♥
Mine was a big failure. I wonder what went wrong. It turned out like kueh.
Hi Yal, I am sorry your cake didn't turn out as expected. But rice cooker can be fickle like that, each brand probably has a different wattage and behaves differently, and as such, a bit of experiment (and some failures) are bound to happen before getting the perfect result :(
I tried the banana is fine but apple cake is like kueh also.. Did u whisk the egg before mix & put the baking paper coz mine always burn on the bottom, ur looks really great -.-
Hi Jervene, I didn't whisk the egg before mixing. And since my rice cooker pot has a teflon coating, I didn't even use a baking paper to line the pot. I am sorry yours always have burn on the bottom :(
Hi Anita! I was searching for rice-cooker cake recipes and came across your blog, I have read all your rice cooker recipes and they all look amazing and I can't wait to try! (but first I need to buy the ingredients) It is really exciting to see such recipes because I am living abroad and do not have an oven (only a microwave... and I did not like the texture of microwave mug cake...). Have you ever tried 'baking' bread in rice cooker? Can you please share a recipe on rice-cooker bread?
Hi Elynn, I feel your pain. Unfortunately I haven't tried baking bread in rice cooker. To be honest, I haven't even really tried baking any sort of bread at all, haha, that is the one skill I really need to gain one day [not sure how many time that has been in my annual new year to do list ;)]
Hi Anita, Today is my first time Try to use my rice cooker to bake the upside down Apple cake..but it really like kueh..totally not like a cake that kind of soft..May I know anything I goes wrong?
Hi Stella, I have had another reader experiencing the kueh like texture as well. I am not sure what went wrong, but my guess is probably there are differences in rice cooker from various brands/manufactures that lead to unsatisfying result. I am really sorry the recipe doesn't work with your rice cooker.
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