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I cooked a cake in a rice cooker


Did you know that a rice cooker made this dense, moist, morish carrot and coconut cake seen above? Damn straight it did and the recipe was actually meant for the oven. You can just about cook any simple flour, milk, eggs cake that you want in a rice cooker. So far I have made a upside down apple cake, a coffee cake and now I have made this delicious carrot and coconut cake.

And to test it out even more I twerked the recipe to include ingredients that were more commonly used in an Indonesian kitchen. Just like this little sweety.

gula-jawa.jpgThis is gula Jawa or gula merah or probably what you know it as, palm sugar. This type of sugar is made from extracting the sap of the palm tree and boiling it down to produce a syrup that is sweet and nutty. It is famous within Indonesian cooking, sweet or savoury and it is also less refined than granulated sugar therefore it is healthier for you.

I got the recipe for the cake from here. I just did a quick pinterest search for a carrot and coconut cake but I switched the pineapple with a mashed banana. Follow the recipe as it states and at the end you can add the cream cheese if you wish. It’s a little on the expensive side here so I gave it a miss but the cake was still yummy all the same.

The difference when cooking a cake in a rice cooker is you must butter the inside of the rice cooker and pour the mix in like the picture below.


Place the lid down and turn it on to cook. Now you will need to listen out for when the cooker clicks over to warm. Leave it for 10 mins and then press cook again. Repeat this for a total of 3-4 times until you can stick a skewer in the cake and it comes out clean. Pull the inside of the rice cooker out and leave to cool for a few minutes. Flip it over gently and your cake should pop out. If it wont budge use a rubber spatula to nudge it a little.


You will notice the cake will have a lot of craters all over it from the steam used to cook within the rice cooker. This does not affect it any way but rather makes for a more dense and moist cake. I bet you a rice cooker would be able to cook some rich, fudgy chocolate brownies better than any oven.

So what do you all think? Will you try to cook a cake in a rice cooker too? If so please let me know how you go. Honestly this was the best cooking discovery I have ever made either here in Indonesia or back in Australia. Western style cakes are expensive here and being able to enjoy something that reminds me of home (my Mum is a big cake baker) puts a smile on my dial.

By the way I just had to share this picture of Kawan eyeing off the cake. In this picture you can also see the ingeniousness of my cake display. Its just like the way they do in Padang restaurants.

-Simone xo



How to eat like an Indonesian

The best way to enjoy Indonesian food: with family and friends, especially on Jalan Malioboro, Jogjakarta (btw sorry for showing my feet- more on that in a later post)

The best way to enjoy Indonesian food: with family and friends, especially on Jalan Malioboro, Jogjakarta (btw sorry for showing my feet- more on that in a later post)

There is a saying in Indonesia that if you haven’t eaten rice throughout the day, then you haven’t eaten at all. Rice is the bread and butter of every Indonesians diet and this is the main reason I titled my blog ‘don’t forget the rice’. Almost every meal will be served with rice, even for breakfast and sometimes even for dessert.

There are 4 different words in Indonesian for rice but the one your probably most familiar with is Nasi. This translates into English as cooked rice. The main rice that is available on every menu is of the white variety. I mean you can even order it nicely wrapped up like a burger at McDonald’s.

How you eat your rice is up to you. Indonesians eat their meals with a spoon and a fork or with their right hand. There are lots of variables as to when it is appropriate to use either, but as a foreigner I suggest you stick with the spoon and fork method to begin with. From an outsider it might look easy eating sans utensils but it takes a lot of practice to make it look effortless and dignified.

Eating with your hand is surprisingly satisfying, especially when you have had a long day.

Eating with your hand is surprisingly satisfying, especially when you have had a long day. (p.s. First GIF I ever made…)

When eating your….say, nasi goreng (fried rice) the fork is in your left hand as you would normally and the spoon in your right as your main utensil. The spoon will play the role of knife and spoon, very versatile little fellow and he has probably played knifey-spoony before.

And if you want to impress/flatter your host and/or your Indonesian friends, once you have finished your meal place your fork and spoon as shown in the picture below.

.....................Selamat makan

…………………Selamat makan

Memories of holidays past is always about the food for me. What are your favourite Indonesian food memories? Have you ever tried Durian? I have and I didn’t like it, but Isan doesnt like vegemite so we are even.