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Coconut Cardamom Cake...In the Rice Cooker!
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Coconut Cardamom Cake...In the Rice Cooker!

I recently purchased a rice cooker and was very excited to find that I could bake in it! On an island where ovens are luxury items, it is very hard to find baked goods. Most Balinese desserts consist of fresh fruit salad, fried fruit, and the few cakes that do exist are quite expensive. Rice cookers are a common appliance which can do so much more than steam rice. Just get creative with it, and think of it as a sort of crock pot that is a lot faster.

Cakes which are baked in rice cookers are actually steamed and baked at the same time, which gives them a different sort of texture. They are dense, and a bit more spongy than regular fluffy cake, but this works with certain recipes.

This is a recipe for coconut cardamom cake. I decided to create this combo based on ingredients which I had on hand.

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

½ cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon cardamom

2 table spoons vegetable oil

1 cup water

pinch of salt

First, shred the coconut. You can also buy shredded coconut and save some time.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix. Add the wet ingredients and continue to mix. Coconut is quite oily and for this reason there is less oil in this recipe. If you leave out the coconut, you will want to add more oil to moisten the cake.

Pour the mixture into the rice cooker pot, close the lid and flip down the switch. The rice cooker will do the rest, and shut its self off when the cake is done. How convenient!

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  1. SnakeWitch
    Great recipe! In this country, ovens - although most have them - most don't use them much, preferring fried goods over baked ones far too much to my taste. Only the bakery offers cake - mostly only for special occasions - and people don't even eat that much sweets here. (Other than fruits, of course - but only juiced and fresh). By the way, just an idea - this could also be your chance to experiment with raw desserts as well. There are tons of recipes online. Or, you can continue using your rice cooker, as I may very well start copying your treats! (I suck at baking so don't expect dessert posts much from me!!) Voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      yumm..I am interested in more raw recipes too.
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  2. Veganara
    Voted. This sounds deliciously unusual, both the flavours and the fact that it is done in a rice cooker!
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  3. Anita Vegana
    You could surely save electricity this way, too. I'm sure a rice cooker uses much less current than an oven. I voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      and it is far more healthier especially with no egg and less oil
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  4. BuddhasDelight
    this is the awesomest idea ever... i must try it immediately! :) merci...
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    1. kristo
      I know, I could not believe it when i found out. De rien!
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  5. Akanksha
    cool...I should have known this was coming :-) well I think I must also buy a rice cooker now if I can bake cakes in it!! vote#6
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  6. dianabart
    Sound Delicious! Great post! voted and shared!
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