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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. ♥

Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker
Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker

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
Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker

Upside Down Apple Cake in Rice Cooker

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 8

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  • 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
  • Tool
  • 1 rice cooker (mine is a basic 10 cup capacity rice cooker with teflon coating pot)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the batter to completely cover the apples, flatten the batter.
  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, and voila, you have just bake a cake with your rice cooker. Best served immediately while the cake is still warm.
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  • Joybee Joybee says:

    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 :)

    • Anita Anita says:

      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.♥

  • yal yal says:

    Mine was a big failure. I wonder what went wrong. It turned out like kueh.

    • Anita Anita says:

      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 :(

  • Jervene Jervene says:

    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 -.-

    • Anita Anita says:

      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 :(

  • Elynn Elynn says:

    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?

    • Anita Anita says:

      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 ;)]

  • Stella Stella says:

    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?

    • Anita Anita says:

      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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