Rice cooker upside-down cakes are so simple to make! Find out how to make an upside-down cake in your rice cooker by following the easy directions below.
This upside-down cake rice cooker recipe can also be customized into many flavors, such as:
- pineapple rice cooker upside-down cake
- plum rice cooker upside-down cake
- mango rice-cooker upside-down cake
- orange rice cooker upside-down cake
- And more…
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This rice cooker upside-down cake recipe is so easy!
I always despised upside-down cakes when I was younger.
My grandmother was a phenomenal cook and baker, but when she made upside-down cakes (typically for Easter) with their canned pineapples and their cherry bulls-eye centers, that was the one food I always passed up.
I just found it too heavy and cloyingly sweet. But trust me…you won’t have that problem with this rice cooker upside-down cake recipe!
That makes me dance my happy dance because I don’t need to have a special cake pan taking up more space in my kitchen. Our tiny little townhome is only about 1,400 square feet total, and believe me, I need every inch of it!
Can you use a regular cake pan instead?
I am a firm believer in using what you have and making it work! You just need to make it in the oven per your usual temperature and time.
I like my rice cooker, because I just pop the ingredients in, hit the “Cake” setting, and then I am done diddly.
Obviously, you will need to have a rice cooker with a “cake” setting! The good news is, most of the newer “fuzzy logic” rice cookers have this function!
I have a Japanese Zojirushi rice cooker that I just lurve. Besides rice, you can make cakes, mac and cheese, soup, even amazing Japanese-style giant pancakes!
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What fruit to use for rice cooker upside-down cake?
For this recipe, I used some leftover sour plums that we had in our fridge. No one could eat them because they were so sour…my mouth is puckering just thinking about them haha!
But sour plums are perfect for this recipe, as the sourness of the plums will be offset with sugars when preparing the jammy compote, and also by the dense sweetness of the cake.
It’s the perfect mixture of sweet and sour!
How to prepare the plums
To cut the plums to the correct size, take a knife and cut around the plum in a circle from the stem, to bottom, and back to stem, and then pull apart so that you have two halves. Remove the seed, and slice each of the halves again in half, and those halves into three pieces, each about 0.5 inches thick.
So each half was cut into 6 wedges. My plums were pretty small, so if you have larger plums you may need to slice more wedges to get them to the desired thinness.
Rice-cooker upside-down cake hack with parchment paper
You want to get your upside-down cake out in one piece and the fruity part firmly on top, which means you need to use this clever rice cooker hack!
Step 1: Fold the parchment paper
Take a parchment paper square and fold it in half from edge to edge, then in half again, and repeat until you have a small, long triangle of folded parchment paper.
Take that triangle and put the pointy part on the removable pot of your rice cooker, dead center. Cut the edge where the rice cooker pot ends, curving to stay flush with the rice cooker.
Step 2: Cut the parchment paper
Unfold the parchment paper circle and place it in the bottom of your rice cooker’s inner pot and you will be ready to add your fruit compote.
You can just dump it in there or try to make a pretty spiral as I did with mine…well, sort of pretty 😉 Spoon any of that extra saucy jammy goodness on top of the fruit!
Step 3: Oils spray
I also like to put a little cooking oil spray down by the paper, so that when the batter rises it will not stick to the edges.
Even if your rice cooker pot is nonstick, add a little just to be safe!
Add the butter on top of your compote. Then, spread it out so that it covers the jam from edge to edge. Put the inner pot back in the rice cooker and hit the “Cake” setting.
Relax while your rice-cooker cake cooks
Now make some tea, kick back, and let your cake steam for about an hour. Mine cooked for 65 minutes exactly.
After the cake is done cooking, open the lid and allow to cool until you are able to handle the inner pot. You also want the compote to be cooled enough that it has “jammed up”. That way, it doesn’t run off while you are trying to remove the pot.
My trick to remove this is to take a smaller plate and stick it on top of the upside-down cake, and then invert the pot and use the plate to pull the upside-down cake down while pulling the pot up.
If you find it is sticking, take a knife and VERY GENTLY (trying not to scrape the sides of the pot) try and pull the edges so that they release from the side of the pot. Then, try the inverted plate trick again.
Ta-da! Now you have a beautiful plum upside-down cake ready to be devoured! I didn’t even get to photograph it sliced, because my husband and sons ate it too quickly 🙂
More rice-cooker upside-down cake flavors: pineapple, orange, or mango
If you don’t like plum, you can also make this recipe with other fruit flavors.
The basic recipe will remain the same, the batter will not change; you simply need to change up the fruit.
- Mango – Mangoes do not need to be pre-cooked, you can just add them above the parchment paper. Cover with batter and cook.
- Pineapple – Pineapples also don’t need to be pre-cooked. Buy the canned whole or pre-sliced pineapples and put a single pineapple round in the center of the bottom of the inner pan. Arrange the other slices around it and place a maraschino cherry in the center of each, if you like. Cover with batter and cook.
- Orange – Slice an orange in half. Zest the orange of one half into the batter and stir. Slice the other half into 7 thin slices and lay the first slice in the center, with the other slices around it on the inside of the inner pan. Cover with batter and cook
🎂 Rice Cooker Mango Upside-Down Cake made at husband’s request down below!
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Easy Rice Cooker Upside Down Cake: Pineapple, Plum, or Orange
This plum upside-down cake is the perfect mixture of sweet and sour. Even better, it is easy to make in the rice cooker! Find out how to make a perfect rice cooker upside-down cake with plums today.
- FRUIT COMPOTE
- - 5 small plums (or 3 large, sour perferred )
- - 1/4 cup white sugar
- - 1 Tbsp butter (at room temperature)
- - 1 cup flour (all purpose)
- - 1 tsp baking powder
- - 1/2 tsp baking soda
- - 1/4 tsp salt
- - 1 egg
- - 2/3 cup sour cream
- - 1 stick butter (1 Tbsp removed for compote)
- - 1/2 cup sugar
- - 1 tsp vanilla extract
Prepare the fruit compote
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp butter. After melted, add the plum wedges and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir to combine.
- Cook for about 5-8 minutes, stirring intermediately until the sugar is dissolved and the plum has been cooked, with the juices reduced to a thick syrup.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mix to combine.
- Place the remaining butter in a high-sided bowl or mixer and add 1/2 cup sugar, mixing until creamed.
- Combine all other wet ingredients (egg, sour cream, and vanilla) and stir to combine.
- Add the sour cream mixture slowly into the creamed butter, and mix. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until just combined.
Place in the rice cooker
- Line the bottom of your rice cooker inner pot with a parchment paper circle (see above for instructions).
- Place the plum wedges in a spiral at the bottom of the pot, on top of the paper circle. Spoon any remaining juices over the plums evenly.
- Spray low around the circle with cooking oil spray.
- Add the batter on top of the plums and spread to cover completely with a spatula.
- Close the rice cooker and hit the “Cake” setting.
- Once cooked, allow to cool until able to handle for removal. See instructions above for tips on how to easily remove!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information for tihs recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
Audrey Johnson says
Looks delicious. My rice cooker doesn’t have a cake setting so I will have to try it in my oven. Thanks for sharing.
By the way: I am glad you decided to come back to blogging even though it is the worst! Ha ha.
Audrey, if you don’t have the correct setting, you may just need to do regular “rice” setting 2-3 times…maybe around 65 minutes like mine? I have read about people doing it fore sure!
Yes, even though blogging is the WORST, I still love it ?
Yum! Sounds so good!
Brandy, it totally is. Thanks for checking it out 😉
Julie Briones says
This looks so yummy! ( I bet you get featured again!)
I hope so! Btw, my husband has requested that I make another one because this one was so delish 😉
Joseph Adward says
Helpful article. I didn’t know that rice cooker
could be used for making a cake. Thanks for sharing the article.
Yes! There are many different variations, this is just one! Hope it works for you 🙂
Agnes Pease says
This is a wonderful recipe! It looks super easy and I know it tastes amazing!
It is really easy Agnes…that’s a pre-requisite for all my recipes! 😉
Gloria Diaz says
It’s delicious! Hope you enjoy!
Thanks, Gloria! Glad that you like it. 🙂
Allison T. Hensler says
Hey Marissa, thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious! I didn’t know that recipe before. Your tips will help me to make that correctly. I will tell my friends about this.keep posting this type of yummy recipes. 😀 good wishes… 🙂
Thank you, Allison! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Jennifer Berkey says
I am loving this rice cooker cake recipe. I made it this New Year’s Eve Party celebration. My kids love it and they won’t stop eating. Thanks for this. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Xoxo.
That’s wonderful, Jennifer! I am going to be making some soon again too, glad your kids love it. 🙂 Thanks for trying!
Jeff Shft says
We shared this rice cooker plum upside-down cake this holiday season. Everyone in the family loves it! Every bite burst with happiness, it’s like the heaven opened its gates. This is so good, so thumbs up!
Whoa, thanks for the great compliments, Jeff! Glad everyone enjoyed it. 🙂
Olivia Wilson says
This cake looks delicious!! I can’t wait to make this for someone, it is quite tough though
I hope they enjoy it, it’s actually a very easy recipe!