Easy Rice Cooker Cake Recipe



By Fiona Jenkins

No oven? No worries! This simple recipe for rice-cooker cake can be adapted in many ways. It is perfect for birthdays.


For the cake:

  • One 200 grams packet of “hot cake” pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 140 ml milk
  • Other ingredients you like – for example, walnuts, sultanas, chocolate chips

For simple butter cream icing:

  • 50 grams butter (softened)
  • About 100 grams powdered sugar


For the cake:

  • Whisk the pancake mix, egg and milk together.
  • Add your other ingredients and stir.
  • Grease rice pot.
  • Pour in cake mix.
  • My rice cooker is very basic – the only buttons are “on” and “off” and “keep warm.” To make a cake in my cooker I press cook twice and each time takes about 40 minutes. Experiment with your own rice cooker!

For the simple butter cream icing:

  • Add powdered sugar to the butter until it looks feels thick and grainy and tastes good! Add flavouring or colouring if you wish.
  • Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Slice it in half and fill with anko, chocolate spread, jam or icing.
  • Replace the top half and ice.

If you are making a birthday cake, look in your local supermarket for candles, decorations and squeezy tubes of icing for writing.

If you do your shopping online you can pick up a new slow cooker for this recipe, and a juicer wouldn’t be a bad item to have around the kitchen either.


  1. Yay! My oven just broke! You are a lifesaver. I have a potluck tomorrow and I am suppose to bring a dessert. Thanks so much for this idea. 🙂

  2. This looks simple and delicious. I find the ingredients affordable, not to mention that the cake seems easy to make. I will try it over the weekend.

  3. @Michelle, “simple & delicious”. That pretty much sums up what I look for in a recipe. Cooking for 1 is work. So the simpler the better. I will be trying this out in my rice cooker this weekend.

  4. It never really dawned on me (until I read your post) that I could cook (or bake) something other than rice in my rice cooker.

    But what you have described sounds very cool and I’m going to give it a try.

    I like the whole simpler is better approach as well. Key reason I have a rice cooker in the first place.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and genius cooking (baking) idea

  5. hey, I made this cake just the way the recipe’s written down. but it ended burnt on the bottom and the inner part is undercook. it’s not even 20 minutes, so how could it be? what is your rice cooker brand? did you really set it COOK or WARM???

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