Lazy Recipe: Matcha Rice Cooker Cake

The saying "People who cook can't bake" may be wrong for many of you, but it's definitely right for us.

We tried out this foolproof recipe for a Matcha cake made in a rice cooker. It's easy, ingredients are accessible, and from the result of our Matcha cake, it's pretty darn delicious.

This was trending in Japan for a while because convectional ovens are not in majority of Japanese households but rice cookers are. (In Japan, it is considered weird if you didn't have one. Even Japanese cats use them. JK.)

PLUS: Minimal washing. You'll see!



2 packets of Pancake Mix*  
200ML Milk 
2 Eggs 
2 TBSP Organic Matcha powder **

*We mistakenly made it with just 1 packet as shown in the video, but it turned out well and it might be why the cake was extremely springy and moist! 

Ingredients above will make a Matcha Cake - you'll get the full flavor of Matcha but it won't be sweet at all

Add the below if you wish to have it sweet. 

Optional Ingredients:
1.5 TBSP of Fine White Sugar  OR
1 can of Azuki Red Bean  topped on the cake after it is baked (not baked with the cake) OR
Chocolate coating (you can melt chocolate and pour it over or apply a chocolate icing)


1. Empty 2 packets of Pancake mix into the rice cooker pot
2. Add 2 tablespoons of Matcha Powder into the rice cooker pot
2a. Add Sugar at this point if you wish. 
3. Mix powder mixture in rice cooker pot until the colour of the mix looks even.
4. In a separate bowl, add milk to eggs. Then beat them well. * (We made a fluffier version of the cake by beating the yolks and whites separately, beating the whites with sugar until they peak)
5. Add egg and milk mixture into rice cooker pot, stirring gently as you go.
6. Stir until lumps of powder are gone. 
7. Set the pot in the rice cooker and cook on normal or White Rice mode. 
8. Once the rice cooker tells you it's done cooking, open the rice cooker and check: if the cake is still gooey/soupy, or if you stick a toothpick in and it doesn't come out clean, put it back in and cook it again.
9. Once it is done, remove the rice cooker pot, and place it upside down on a plate. 
The cake will fall out by itself (even if not immediately, it will eventually fall. If it doesn't fall after 5 minutes, you'll have to remove it yourself.)


And because it doesn't have any sugar, we could have this on its own for breakfast - the strong Matcha flavour comes through beautifully.

When we want to have it as a sweet treat, we would have this with Chocolate syrup or Azuki red beans. Umai!!

Try it and tag us on our Facebook or Instagram (@ZairyoSG) if you've tried it! 

Products related to this article

Kanpee Yude Azuki (Red Bean Ice Cream Topping) / あずき

Kanpee Yude Azuki (Red Bean Ice Cream Topping) / あずき

400G per canRed bean topping for dessertsGreat with matcha/vanilla ice cream, ice shavings, moc..


Morinaga Pancake (Hotcake) Mix / ホットケーキミックス

Morinaga Pancake (Hotcake) Mix / ホットケーキミックス

When it comes to pancakes (or hotcakes as the Japanese would call them), our favourite ones are made..


Organic Matcha Powder (Baking Grade)

Organic Matcha Powder (Baking Grade)

Proudly made in Japan Certified by JAS and COR to be organic  30G per pack Get it with a Ma..


Sakuranbo Jirushi Johakuto (Japanese Fine White Sugar) / じょはくと

Sakuranbo Jirushi Johakuto (Japanese Fine White Sugar) / じょはくと

1KG per pack Super fine white sugar Most Japanese households cook with jyohakutou (caster sug..