I love cake! Baking it and eating it. However with my tiny toaster oven, baking one myself seemed impossible when someone’s birthday rolled around. I’m lucky enough to possess a reasonably sized oven now, but back in my Suwon and Cheongju days I had to be more inventive. When scouring the internet one day I came across a recipe for a cake that’s cooked in a rice cooker. I tried it and it came out really well, so soft and moist. I haven’t made one for quite some time now but I thought it was about time I shared my recipe with all you oven-less bakers out there. I actually made two cakes this week to give you a bit of variety. First up is my rice-cooker coffee cake!
200g of butter
2o0g of white sugar
200g of all purpose flour (I use the buksul one for noodles and dumplings)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 shot of espresso (you could use instant too)
260g of butter (2 slicks)
400g of icing sugar (sugar powder)
1-2 tablespoons of espresso coffee
Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Then stir in the coffee and mix well. In a separate bowl sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Fold into the coffee mixture. Take your rice cooker pan and line it with a piece of parchment paper. Then put the cake mixture inside. Press the cook setting and then continue to keep checking it every time it pops up. You may have to go though several cycles depending on the make and model of your rice cooker. However you will get there in the end so hang in there. You can tell when it’s done when the top is spongy to the touch. Remove the cake from the pan and leave to cool for a couple of hours.
To make the frosting let the butter get to room temperature then mix together with the icing sugar. Add the coffee a spoonful at a time. If it’s too thick add more coffee.
When the cake has cooked. Slice through the middle to make your two layers. Put half the frosting in the middle and half on top.
Decorate with a dusting of cocoa powder. Voilà a very easy cake made in the rice cooker.