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How to Bake Cherry Coconut Cake with a Rice Cooker

Updated on November 14, 2012

Day 17, HUB # 17

Freshly baked Cherry Coconut Cake from my rice cooker
Freshly baked Cherry Coconut Cake from my rice cooker | Source
a slice of Cherry Coconut Cake
a slice of Cherry Coconut Cake | Source

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5 stars from 4 ratings of Cherry Coconut Cake
desiccated coconut
desiccated coconut | Source

In our country, most people use desiccated coconut in Malay sweet cakes and tasty coconut tarts but not in cakes or muffins.

I have been to several well-known bakery shops but couldn't find any cakes with coconut fillings at all. I searched high and low for this particular cake because it is my niece’s birthday. She loves desiccated coconuts very much.

Disappointed, I search through the internet and stumbled upon many desiccated coconut cake recipes which applied the ingredient on the surface of the cake rather than inside the cake. Had to continue my search elsewhere...


I found "Cherry Coconut Cake" Recipe

Hence, I set forth to the Popular Bookstore, which is the only book shop that supplied all range of books, to hunt for the coconut cake recipe.

Frankly speaking, it was easy to look for this particular recipe when there are so many recipe books scattered around the book shelves. Many people are inconsiderate. After they had browsed the recipe books, they simply “chucked” the books anywhere which is convenient to them, instead of returning them to the original location.

Anyway, I was delighted to have found “Cherry Coconut Cake” recipe in the Complete Step-by-Step Cookbook which has more than 800 recipes to choose from. It was sold at a very low price of RM 19.90 ! A great bargain for such a BIG RECIPE BOOK!

Without any hesitation, I bought this book and I knew I had to make this coconut cake because it requires desiccated coconut INSIDE the cake.

Mix plain flour and baking powder= SR Flour
Mix plain flour and baking powder= SR Flour | Source

SR Flour Substitute

I did encountered some problems during the baking session as I did not have any SR flour (Self-raising flour) in hand.

Therefore, I substituted the SR flour with 220g plain flour and 2 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and sieve them together in a bowl.

The second problem was the Cherry Coconut cake took me 1hour and 50min to bake instead of the regular 45 min ! This is due to the thick and sticky batter which required more baking time.


lightly grease the rice cooker pot
lightly grease the rice cooker pot

Tips to Take Note

Luckily for me, I used my regular Panasonic Rice Cooker to bake this cake. Otherwise, I would be busy keeping watch for the cake situation if it is was baked in an oven!

I find that baking cake in rice cooker is very easy and convenient as I don’t have to keep watching after the cake, whether it is burnt or did the cake sink in the middle part, the usual mishaps that happened in baking session for many people.

Tips:

Do not grease too much butter around the inside rice cooker pot because the cake will turn out very oily.

Just lightly dip your finger into the butter, grease the butter all around the inside pot. Trust me, it is sufficient.

Press "White Rice" for 50min baking
Press "White Rice" for 50min baking | Source

The benefits of baking a cake in a rice cooker pot?

  • Firstly, you don’t have to pre-heat your rice cooker as you need to do so if you are using an oven.
  • Secondly, you don’t have to use any baking sheet in the rice cooker pot. The cake will not stick to the pot because the pot is not made from aluminium. Therefore, you get to save some money and save the trouble from cutting the baking sheet circle shape.
  • Thirdly, baking a cake in a rice cooker pot definitely makes your cake comes out soft and fluffy, cooked inner texture, well risen cake surface and no burnt at the sides of the cake.

I love the brownish color at the bottom of the cake. It has crispy exterior, soft and chewy interior texture, the taste which resembles Coconut Candy Sweet Cakes.

It doesn't matter what brand you are using as long your rice cooker pot has the function button which cooks / bakes 45-50min. I used the “White Rice” button because it cooks for 50min.

The longer it bakes , the cake texture becomes fine, moist and not wet or sticky at all.

Ingredients Photos

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butter and sugar4 eggs, red cherries and vanilla essenceSifted SR flourdesiccated coconut
butter and sugar
butter and sugar | Source
4 eggs, red cherries and vanilla essence
4 eggs, red cherries and vanilla essence
Sifted SR flour
Sifted SR flour
desiccated coconut
desiccated coconut

Baking Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: 6 people

Baking Ingredients to Prepare

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g (actual weight ) castor sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g SR flour, sifted
  • 55g desiccated coconut
  • 80g red cherries, diced
Beat butter and sugar together
Beat butter and sugar together | Source
add one egg at a time
add one egg at a time
add in sifted flour
add in sifted flour
difficult to stir
difficult to stir
add in diced red cherries
add in diced red cherries

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Make sure that the rice cooker pot is dry and lightly greased with butter. Do not put too much because your cake will turn out oily.
  2. In a big bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I reduced the sugar to 180g.
  3. Beat in one egg at a time. After you have beaten in the first egg, stir it together with the butter mixture. Then beat in the second egg and so forth.
  4. In another bowl, sift the SR flour. Fold in the flour into the creamy mixture. Stir again.
  5. Add in the desiccated coconut and stir until the batter is well combined. You may find the batter a little sticky and difficult to stir because it is thick and sticky. Just stir for a couple of minutes will do.
  6. Lastly, add in the diced cherries and give a last stir until all mixed well.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared rice cooker pot. Use the back of a spoon to level the batter surface even and make sure there are not any holes or bubbles in the batter.
  8. If you are using Panasonic Rice Cooker, choose “White Rice” and press “Start” to start baking your coconut cake, which takes approximately 50min.
  9. When it is done, the light will jump into the “Keep Warm” button.
  10. Insert a skewer or a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, that means your cake is ready.
  11. If it comes out wet and sticky or still appears wet surface, press the “White Rice” and “Start” again. Bake for another 50min.
  12. Do not worry, your cake will not burn. This is the advantage of baking with a rice cooker.
Use a plastic knife to loosen the cake
Use a plastic knife to loosen the cake
This is how the bottom cake looks like.
This is how the bottom cake looks like.
Overturn the cake. Here is the front cake with a "Happy Birthday" stick
Overturn the cake. Here is the front cake with a "Happy Birthday" stick

How to Remove Cake from the Rice Cooker

When the cake is ready to be consume, prepare a big flat round plate or wire rack.

Use a plastic knife to loosen the cake with by inserting the knife around the cake.

Do not use a stainless steel knife because you may scratch the sides of the rice cooker pot.

Overturn the rice cooker pot onto the plate or rack. Give a few shake.

You may notice that the cake comes out easily and clean, with no crumbles at all.

Now, you are looking at the bottom side of the cake.

Use another flat plate to cover the bottom .

Use both hands to hold tightly onto both plates and overturn the cake again.

Remove the top plate.

This time, you are looking at the front cake.

Leave it to cool for 10-20min before cutting the cake.

How to keep the cake?

If you could not finish the coconut cake in a single day, cut into several slices and keep them in Tupperware or plastic containers. However, make sure that the cake is not hot at all. Otherwise, the containers will be “perspiring” inside!


Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6 people
Calories 318
Calories from Fat414
% Daily Value *
Fat 46 g71%
Sugar 78 g
Fiber 10 g40%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 62 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub and I like using the rice cooker. thanks!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for reading. Appreciate your comments. I love using rice cooker. Saves time.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Are you bribing me with deliciousness?

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mhatter99

      LOL ! Yeah trying to... sure yr daughter would love to sink her teeth into the cake.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! It sounds easy to make. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @thelma alberts

      Thanks for reading my hub and your votes. I am sure you will find baking in rice cooker easy. Trust me.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      What a great idea..Never thought of using my rice cooker for anything other than rice...I would like to try this., what is desiccated coconut?

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for dropping by. Desiccated coconut is coconut meat which has been shredded or flaked and then dried . I have just included the photo in the above article.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      BTW, you can purchase desiccated coconut that comes in a small packet in hypermarket or supermarket, cost below $2

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      I have never thought of using a rice cooker to make cakes! I might have to try this!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @thanks for dropping by. Yes do try baking any cakes with yr rice cooker, easy and don't to worry abt burning the cake. Trust yr rice cooker. Good luck.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Who doesn't love cherries and coconut? This is a great idea, and once I've made a cake in the rice cooker, I imagine I'll make it over and over again. Very clever--thank you!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @vespawoolf

      Thanks for yr lovely comments. I do sincerely hope that you will enjoy baking with yr rice cooker.

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      JoBlack11 4 years ago

      Nice recipe! Thanks

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never heard of using a rice cooker to bake a cake. That is brilliant! The recipe looks really good, too. Do you ever frost it, or do you leave it the way it is? Americans typically frost cakes, but this one looks like it would be very flavorful without any.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      In Malaysia, we don't frost the cake frequently. However, you could use your own frosting on top on the cake, chocolate? Thanks for reading.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @joblack11

      Thanks for reading

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Either chocolate or cream cheese. Mmm, but even without it looks good.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @kathryn

      I am sure you are gonna love this cake. Best of luck with the frosting!

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      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      I've never made cake in my rice cooker. I'm going to try this out soon! Thanks for the recipe and the idea!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      glad that you like it. It really is convenient and worth the effort. Best of luck

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      Katia De Juan 4 years ago from London, UK

      This cake looks delicious! I think I have decide which cake I'll make for my birthday, hehe. Thanks for this recipe, its really well explained and it is so easy to follow this steps with the pictures you posted. :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @katia

      Thanks for your kind comments. Glad that you had made a wise decision.

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      naturalife 4 years ago

      I will try this recipe in my rice cooker. I never knew you could use it to bake, too. Thank you for this awesome hub.

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      BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I love love love this. It was while I was living in S. Korea where every home has a rice cooker - that I became a fan! In fact I learned that most places around the world do not even use ovens - food is prepared stove top and retains more nutrition. I am however a lover of something sweet that usually comes out of an oven (cookies, pies, cakes) and prefer to bake it myself.

      Of course I have a rice cooker and now I can follow your recipe. I am soooo excited - seriously.

      By the way I visited Malaysia while I was in Singapore - loved it!

      Thanks a million for this recipe. I will save it an try it. I live in New York City where I can easily find all the ingredients! Yay!

      Oh and it makes so much sense during the summer to never turn on a hot oven.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @bk

      glad to know someone is using the rice cooker too. Welcome to malaysia my friend. Hope that you will find it useful

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      ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

      This is a great idea that I will be trying later today, I have never baked a cake in a rice cooker before, thanks for the idea PeachPurple. Voted up Interesting and Useful.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @ketage

      thanks for reading. Hope that you enjoy baking

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      Eddie Dagstanyan 3 years ago from California

      Wow... I never expected to see the words "cake" and "rice cooker" in the same sentence. This idea is brilliant! Voted up and interesting, thank you for sharing. :)

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @eddie

      thanks for dropping by. You will find more wonders with your rice cooker besides cooking rice.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      I've come close to buying a rice cooker several times but wasn't sure it would be as versatile for me as for others. Cherry coconut cake may convince me yet! Thanks for sharing your recipe with tips.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      #rtalloni

      Hope that your rice cooker will bake for you nice fluffy cake. Many more cakes and muffins to come.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Wow! This is amazing! I never even knew you could bake a cake in a rice cooker. Thanks so much for sharing this. It looks delicious. I love coconut.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @crafty

      yeah, there are so many more amazing recipes you can do with your rice cooker

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      anglnwu 3 years ago

      I like the idea very much--so ingenious. Will any rice cooker do? Mine only has cook and warm button. Thanks.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes any rice cooker will do. Use "cook" function for baking

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Peach, I came to know of baking using rice cooker through @ketage's article on baking chocolate cake with rice cooker. Where did you get this brilliant idea? Must give this method a try.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      saw it on tv

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      sprickita 2 years ago from Reno

      yummm, if i was ur niece id feel very special and well loved 8-) - that is quite a mission to make her favorite GOOD JOB!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, I also baked this cake on other occasions too like Labor day. Everyone can enjoy. Cheers

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Had no idea before reading this that there was such a thing as a rice cooker. Guess with all the gadgets 'out there,' I should have known. Looks very interesting and yummy too!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i am sure you will enjoy the full usage of rice cooker

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