How to Make a Cake in a Rice Cooker, A No Bake Secret

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How to Make a Cake in a Rice Cooker

Special occasion coming up? Learn how to make a cake in a rice cooker with no bake secret in this new blog post.

Crazy About Cakes

Who doesn’t love cake? I mean, just as the name suggests, cakes are the sweetest in the world. One of the special ways to cook cakes is by….. a rice cooker! Isn’t a rice cooker optimized for making rice and nothing else?

Well, thanks to technological innovations and the bright mind of someone who decided to experiment with their rice cooker, we now know that you can make cake even if you don’t have an oven in the house.

A great rice cooker is able to cook a variety of meals to perfection. If you really think about it, the rice cooker uses the cooking principles and mechanisms of any slow cooker.

When baking a cake, the same principle applies. While there are other rice cookers that even have a cake function, you can use the normal ones for your baking escapades as well.

Using a rice cooker to bake a cake is worth the effort as it will save you a lot of time an energy while giving you good results consistently. Sounds interesting? Read on and find out how to make a cake in a rice cooker!

Cake Madness

Carrot Cake

Truth be told; the only consideration to be made when making your cake in a rice cooker is the complexity.  A rice cooker is able to prepare a variety of cakes from the simplest sponge cake to the most complex fruitcake.

Some cakes you can make using your rice cooker include:

  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate fudge cake
  • Chocolate lava cake
  • Carrot cake
  • Vanilla cake
  • Apple cake
  • Muffin cake

Rice Cooker for Baking

Aroma Housewares ARC616SB

The Aroma Housewares Professional Rice Cooker ARC- 616SB is pretty easy to use regardless of what you are cooking. It comes fitted with accessories such a measuring cup, a steam tray and a serving spatula.

This rice cooker has digital controls that allow you to keep warm, white and brown rice function, oatmeal function, slow cook, soup and finally, a cake option.

This rice cooker is the epitome of technological greatness because it can cook your meals from breakfast to dinner without a fuss. It even throws in a dessert option by having a cake function which lets you optimize the rice cooker for baking.

The digital display highlights all these functions clearly so that you know what to use every time you need to use the rice cooker. It is designed with a picnic-style handle that allows you to carry and handle it with ease.

The delayed timer feature means that you can set it even up to 15 hours earlier. It has a detachable power cable that also allows ease of handling and even cleaning. The cake function is the highlight of this model. Not only can you bake nice moist cakes, you can also go wild and try baking some bread.

As with other baking platforms, you can’t open the lid while the cake is cooking. This will let all the heat out and your cake will either collapse or not cook through.

Must Try Cakes

If your rice cooker does not have a cake function, don’t worry, you are still able to make a cake with it. Some rice cookers have their timers going off after ten minutes or even switching to keep warm mode after some time.

This may be a default function for some and you only need to know how to go about this. Once the timer goes off, give it a few minutes and turn it on again. If it turns to the keep warm mode, give it a few minutes then power it on cooking mode again.

A majority of rice cookers have a non-stick coating. If yours does not have one, you can spray and lather it with some cooking oil before you pour the batter.

Banana Cake

Banana Cake

What You’ll Need:

  • 250 Grams of flour
  • 250 Grams of sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon of salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 3 bananas
  • 200 grams of melted and cooled butter
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

How to Cook:

  1. Cool the melted butter till its room temperature.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. This includes the baking powder, flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash your bananas finely.
  4. Whisk the eggs with a hand mixer until creamy and light. Once you have attained this consistency, add your mashed bananas and continue whisking.
  5.  Add the sifted flour mixture and the melted butter.
  6. Pour the batter into your non-stick rice cooker and press the cook function.
  7. Once the first cycle is done, stick a toothpick in the center and edges of your cake. If it comes out dry, the cake is ready. If it is still wet, cook for another cycle until it is well done.
  8. Remove from the rice cooker add some icing sugar(optional). Let your cake cool and serve.

Chocolate Cake

Rice Cooker Chocolate Cake


  • 2 cups of white flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 5 tablespoons of dark cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Vegetable cooking oil(any of your choice)
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar

Step by Step:

  1. Add all the dry ingredients and mix them. Sift into a separate bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix all the wet ingredients
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix the batter until it is smooth. Ensure that you don’t overwork the batter.
  4. Once you are done mixing, pour the batter into your nonstick rice cooker bowl. Grease the rice cooker bowl if you are using a regular rice cooker.
  5. If your rice cooker has a slow cook function, set the timer for 60 minutes then start it up. If it doesn’t have a slow cooker function you will have to cook it for several cycles that will total 60 minutes.
  6. Check on your cake after 45 minutes. Use a toothpick to check the center and the edges. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. If not, cover the lid and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Once the cake is done, let it cool in the bowl for 15 minutes. Put a flat plate on top of the rice cooker and invert to remove.
  8. Sprinkle some frosting or powdered sugar on top and serve.

Watch this video for a quick tutorial:


I bet you are very excited now that you have learned how to cook a cake in a rice cooker. Go forth and bake great cakes!

Do you know of any other interesting things you can cook using a rice cooker? Tell us about it, we’d love to hear about them!

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