Microwave or Rice-Cooker Chocolate cake

Need a quick snack or a desert for celebrations? ... this Soft spongy Chocolate cake is the right thing for you. This includes egg. I will post Egg-free cake next time. I have updated a low sugar version at the bottom of this post. Don't forget to check it.
You can make this in Microwave or Rice cooker in few minutes. Both methods give soft, moist and fluffy cakes. Make this cake mix and store it in an airtight container in a cool and dry cupboard or refrigerator. When you plan to make a cake,  just beat eggs and oil and add cake mix (270 ml) and milk into it.
Zap it in the microwave for 3 mins or steam in rice cooker for 5-8 mins.

Appliance, tools, utensils-
  • Rice cooker/ Microwave
  • Electric hand held beater OR a whisk and an egg-beater
  • 500 ml capacity bowl for mixing
You can make a single cake or few cup cakes, so take-
1- steel / aluminium flat bottomed bowl which is 1/2" less in radius than the rice cooker
or 10-12 small steel or aluminium cups
If you are making it in microwave you will need-
1- microwave safe plastic box round (8") is best but rectangle or square box is also fine.


Making the Cake mix-

  • All purpose flour/ Maida- 1/2 cup (100ml)
  • Cocoa powder- 1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Baking powder- 1 tsp (5 ml)
  • Sugar powder or icing sugar- 3/4 cup (150 ml) you can reduce it to 120 ml

Sieve them together so that all these get mixed properly. This mix is for one 8''cake or few cupcakes (about 10-12). Multiply the ingredients if you want to make cake mix for more batches.  Pack each batch in a separate plastic bags or boxes or you will find it difficult to decide how much you have to take out each time.


Making the cake batter

You will also need 1/4 cup oil -Use sunflower, ricebran etc which are odour-less, avoid peanut oil
                               2 eggs
                               1/2 cup milk 
                               1 tsp grated orange rind / 2 tsp instant coffee powder / 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • See that all the ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Place the oil and eggs in the bowl and beat them together with an egg-beater.
  • Add grated orange rind / instant coffee powder / vanilla essence/ 1/4 tsp vanilla pd. This removes the smell of the egg and also increases the flavor.
  • Mentally divide the cake mix and 1/2 cup milk into 3 parts.
  • You have to add cake-mix in batches alternating with milk.
  • First add 1 part cake-mix and mix with the whisk till smooth.
  • Next add milk and mix in with the whisk.
  • Repeat this step twice ( i.e., till you finish the cake mix and milk)
  • The batter will be thinner than the regular cake batter. It almost looks like a chocolate drink.

If you want to make the batter with a handheld blender-
  • You can beat the egg and oil with the handheld blender.
  • Next add orange rind/ coffee/ vanilla and beat a little.
  • Tip on how to mix-  First stir the cake mix and the liquid with a spoon and then start mixing with the blender. (If you don't mix the cake mix with the spoon, the dry flour will fly all over when you beat it with the blender)


Making the cake in the microwave-

  • Pour this cake batter into a microwave safe plastic bowl. You don't have to grease it.
  • Batter should reach half way, as the cake doubles up while cooking. 
  • Cook on high uncovered for 3 mins.
  • Remove and keep aside of 5 mins and the loosen it with the back of a spoon or fork.
  • Don't cook it for more time even if you find the cake wet in the centre. Usually you encounter this problem when you use a rectangle or square box. If this happens then cover the cake for 5 mins and you will find the cake is still cooking outside the microwave.

Making the cake in the rice cooker-
Take a flat bottomed cake pan or small cups. Grease these pan or cups with oil, you can sprinkle 1/2 tsp flour or dry cake mix after greasing and shake it - the flour will coat the cups, all these helps the cake to come out of the pan easily. Pour the cake batter into these greased cups( fill 2/3 rd, I filled it only 1/2 way so my cakes are smaller ) and steam in the steamer basket of the rice cooker just like Savory semolina cakes

Steaming time depends on the size of the cups. See that you leave 1/2 inch space all around the cake pan while it is inside the rice cooker, for the steam to move around.]

After the cake has cooked -
Cool the cake for 5- 10 mins and then invert it. The cake will crumble if you invert it immediately.
You can eat it plain or with ice cream or spread nutella.

For a celebration-

1. Spread it with Nutella and sprinkle m&m's, Chocolate chips, Hundreds and thousands etc.
2. You can arrange the cup cakes on a tray in the shape of a flower or anything you can imagine. 

 Low sugar version-

I make this cake often as it is a favorite cake of my daughters and their friends.
On one such day I prepared the  cake and I put it in the microwave and after 1 min ....discovered that I had not added sugar. Immediately I opened the microwave to see whether it was possible to add. The cake was already half cooked. I put it back into the microwave and let it cook. After that I mixed 5 tbsp sugar powder with 1/3 cup water and poured evenly over the hot cake and covered it with a lid and let it stand for sometime.
After 30 mins the cake had absorbed the sugar and tasted very delicious. Good thing was this cake had only 5 tbsp sugar pd instead of 10 tbsp.

I am sending these off to the very first Love Cake Challenge with Ness over at JibberJabberUK who has chosen the February theme of Baking with Passion. Even non-bloggers can participate in this.

Check out the some recipes from my other blog- sameveggiemanyways.
You can cook these in rice cooker too.

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  1. I love the idea of your blog. It brings back so many memories of when I was at university and we had just a hob and microwave in our kitchens. Everybody though needs a recipe for a quick chocolate cake though! Thanks for linking up to Love Cake this month.

    1. Thank you ! Though I bake a lot in my oven it's a wonder that there is only one cake post in my blog. When I wanted to link to your event I wished I had more cake recipes in this blog.

  2. If I want to make round cake into cooker bowl..hoe much time will require ?

    1. Medha ... I should have replied to you earlier. You might have already steamed the cake by now. It will take about 15 mins for a round cake. Check by touching the cake- it should not be wet and when you press it it should spring back like a sponge. Use an aluminium container as steel ones take longer time.
      Wish you a happy new year.

  3. Rekha ji,
    Thank you for the blog, but need to know more on the method of cake cooking in rice cookers.
    I tried long time ago,but was not a very successful attempt.

  4. Roshna.. cooking by directly pouring the cake batter into rice cooker pan is bit tricky. Steaming is easier.


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