Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Is it possible to make cake in an Aroma Rice Cooker?

Today’s task was interesting as usual and I tend to approach these try outs with mixed feelings. On one hand I am ready to go extremely early in the morning but in the back of my head there is always the fear that I didn’t succeed in making something I had high hopes for… like last week’s cheesecake. I haven’t given up on that yet though, it is just waiting on the back burner of my brain to surface with a new trick or idea at 4am (my thinking time).

This apple cake came as an idea while I was following my favorite kitchen blogger. She had a recipe for an old Russian cake my grandmother used to make and I remember it wasn’t her best work. Of no fault of her own, but because it has no liquids in the batter and therefore the cake can be dense and a little dry.

I had a revelation: what if I would steam this cake instead of baking it? It would for sure be less dry and it has enough eggs and flour to stay together.

I proceeded to wrap the steam tray of the rice cooker with foil and sprayed it with vegetable spray just in case. I made the batter according to grandma and chopped the apples, all the while hoping this would work because it was a simple recipe to follow and guaranteed to please if it turned out well.

5 green apples, cored and diced
3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of flour
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Peel and chop your apples.

Make a batter out of 3 eggs and 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar. Beat the sugar and eggs until fluffy and pale yellow and add the vanilla. Sift in the flour slowly with a wooden spoon to mix.

Place apple pieces into the covered steam tray and pour batter over to cover. Add 3 cups of water into the cooking pot of your Aroma rice cooker. Wrap your steam tray in foil and set the rice cooker to steam for 50-60 minutes.

When the cake has “baked” remove it carefully from the rice cooker and let it cool for 20 or so minutes in the tray. Invert onto a plate and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

For us in the Aroma family the cake was a hit and just as I had visioned. It was a moister version and sure to make grandma proud. I hope you will add this recipe to your collection of go-to items when you need a cake in a pinch.


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4 thoughts

  1. I would like to try this recipe! Quick question – do you wrap the entire steam tray in foil (i.e. covering the top open part too, which will face the inside lid of the cooker?), and I assume you wrap the bottom of the steam tray first before putting in the apples & pouring the batter since the batter will go through the holes on the bottom? Just wanted to clarify before I make a big mess! Also, what size rice cooker did you use, 10-cup?


  2. Thanks for the questions! We would recommend wrapping the top portion of the steam tray (the side that would face the lid) to ensure the cake is nice and level on the steam tray. The bottom does not need to be wrapped.

    This particular recipe was written with a 20-cup cooked (10-cup uncooked) rice cooker, our ARC-1010SB model. However it can work perfectly in any rice cooker with a steam tray, the ingredient amounts would just need to be reduced to compensate for the smaller size.

    Let us know how the recipe turns out for you.

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