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Upside Down Pineapple Cake in Rice Cooker

A perfectly baked upside-down pineapple cake in a rice cooker! That's right, you can make a truly pretty and awesome cake like this even without an oven.

This is my third post on rice cooker cake, if it bores you out already, feel free to skip and just browse my other recipes, okay? :) If you are still with me, than I will just say that I love baking in a rice cooker. It just cannot get any easier, I use the pot that comes with it, and since it already has a teflon coating, I don’t even have to grease the pot to ensure the finished cake slides out easily. I live in a teensy little apartment and counter space is premium, so having my rice cooker do a double duty as an oven is a real life saver.

First, saute pinapple rings, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a pan.
First, saute pinapple rings, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves in a pan.

Okay, now onto the cake. First, Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and instead of the usual pineapple cookies (Indonesian: nastar), I will serve this instead. Why? Because on Chinese New Year, everyone in the family will visit each and every single other family member’s house to pay a New Year visit. The whole thing is quite ridiculous, and you will see why. Family A will be visited by family B, C, D, E, F, and so on. Then, family B will be visited by family A, C, D, E, F, and so on. Rinse and repeat from morning till whenever , which can be pretty late, mine usually doesn’t end until after dinner, which is like 10 p.m. in the evening and by then, I am ready to kick the shoes and just drop like a log. I wish we can all just gather round in a place, do a big potluck, and dispensed with the silly round robin.

The rest of the ingredienst: flour, baking powder, vanilla powder (or essence), salt, butter, eggs, sugar, and milk.
The rest of the ingredienst: flour, baking powder, vanilla powder (or essence), salt, butter, eggs, sugar, and milk.

If that is not crazy enough, then comes the food part. In every single house visit, you need to eat something prepared by the host. It is great for the first couple of houses, then by your 8th or 9th visit, you really wish you get to eat something else, hence, I believe my pineapple cake will be a smash I am telling you, bwahaha (insert evil laugh here). Everyone will have their pineapple cookies (Indonesian: nastar), peanut cookies, kue bangkit, thousand layer cake (Indonesian: lapis legit), and I will be the only guy serving this. :twisted:

The finished batter, ready to be poured into the rice cooker pot.
The finished batter, ready to be poured into the rice cooker pot.

Sorry for the side track, now back to the cake. This cake uses pretty much the same exact steps and techniques as my honey glazed upside down apple cake in a rice cooker recipe, with some minor tweaks:

  • Instead of apples, I use fresh pineapples cut into rings. You can use canned pineapple rings if fresh ones are not available.
  • I switch the honey with brown sugar.
  • I add cloves when cooking the pineapples instead of just using cinnamon. If you love pineapples, you will love this cake. The smell of it when baking away in my rice cooker is just heavenly. Oh, and the sprinkling of powdered/confectioner’s/icing sugar on top of the cake is just to add a bit of class, you can totally skip it since the cake tastes great even without. ♥
Upside Down Pineapple Cake in Rice Cooker
Upside Down Pineapple Cake in Rice Cooker

Upside Down Pineapple Cake in Rice Cooker

4.7 from 10 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 8

Print Recipe


  • Pineapple rings and juice
  • 1 to 2 pineapple (Indonesian: nenas), cored and cut into rings, use enough to cover the bottom of your rice cooker pot
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Indonesian: kayu manis)
  • 4 cloves (Indonesian: cengkeh)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Wet ingredients
  • 4 eggs, separate the whites from the yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 50 gram butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Dry ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Garnish
  • powdered/confectioner's/icing sugar
  • Tools
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 rice cooker (mine is a basic 10 cup capacity rice cooker with teflon coating pot)


  1. Place the pineapple, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar on a pan and cook on low heat until bubbles. Once pineapple is softer but stiff firm, turn off the heat and set aside to soak up in the juice while you continue with your cake preparation.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites until medium peak while adding the sugar in batches, I usually do this in three batches.
  3. Then add the egg yolks, melted butter, milk, and vanilla essence into the egg whites. Mixing completely one by one before adding the next ingredient.
  4. Lastly, fold the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients with a spatula. Do not overdo this part or all that effort to aerate the egg whites will be wasted, just make sure that everything is well combined.
  5. Place the pineapple rings in the bottom of your rice cooker pot, and reserve the cooking liquid to glace the cake. Pour the batter into the pot to completely cover the pineapples.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Lightly brush the top of the cake with the reserved liquid from cooking the pineapples. This helps the cake stay moist even the day after (if it lasts that long). Sprinkle with some powdered/confectioner's/icing sugar.
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  • Irene N Irene N says:

    Had followed this recipe and tried making the Pineapple Upside Down cake over the weekend but the cake didn't rise at all .... :(

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Irene, I am really sorry your cake didn't rise. The hardest part to properly bake a rice cooker cake is getting to know the rice cooker, and it can differ from one rice cooker from another, so a bit of experiment is needed. I admit it is often easier to bake in an oven since we can manually set the temperature and baking time. If you have an oven, it is most likely easier to follow oven baked cake recipes :)

  • Ritney Ritney says:

    oh dear,.. I love ur rice cooker cake recipes!! you are life saver! thank you!!!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Ritney, I am glad you love it :)

  • Yudhi Yudhi says:

    Hi Anita, what brand is your rice cooker and how big. It is regular rice cooker or electronic rice cooker.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yudhi, I use a 10 cup Panasonic rice cooker.

      • Melinda Song Melinda Song says:

        hi, If you are not using raising agent then it won't rise. It will be flat and little rise. There is not space to rise.

        • Anita Anita says:

          Hi Melinda, the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking powder :) Hope this helps.

  • fiqih fiqih says:

    hi anita, i want to ask if i put fresh pineapple to rice cookers teflon (without cooked with brown sugar first) and then batter, is the taste of cake will different with pineapple that cooked with brown sugar first.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Fiqih, I have never tried your approach. By my guess is that it probably will be okay, but your pineapple might ended up only partially cooked. Let me know how it turns out if you choose decide not to cook your pineapple :)

  • Leticia Nabatanzi Leticia Nabatanzi says:

    Hi Anita what-if i don't put cloves

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Leticia, you can skip the cloves if you don't have them. The pineapples will still be very fragrant with just using cinnamon.

  • Ronak Mehta Ronak Mehta says:

    I tried out cake with the above recipe. The cake was very soft and tasty. Thank you.

  • Kris Kris says:

    I made this last year and it was delicious! So moist. Then I had trouble finding this recipe online and now I’ve found it again! Plan on making this again tomorrow. Perfect rice cooker cake recipe.

  • Giselle Giselle says:

    Wow it's really awesome to cook upside-down pineapple cake in a rice cooker. I am crazy for pineapple cake, you really describe very well about upside down cake.

  • Blissmygift Blissmygift says:

    Wow! Really great pineapple cake recipe this is. Thanks for sharing.

  • TheFlowersPoint TheFlowersPoint says:

    Very nice recipe

  • tipssaving tipssaving says:

    Oh my gosh.. I love your rice cooker cake recipe! ! You are a lifesaver! Thank you! ! !

  • Blissmygift Blissmygift says:

    Wow! Really nice recipe of rice cooker cake. Thanks for sharing😀

  • Ravi Kant Ravi Kant says:

    Amazing ways to cook a pineapple cake in a rice cooker. Liked the tricks and tips that make it a complete guide in its niche.

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