If it wasn't obvious before, this, another, rice cooker cake recipe should make it obvious that I'm going through a rice cooker phase. At this point my rice cooker has replaced the oven for my cake needs. So bear with me in this obsessive time period, where every other post from this blog seems to be some cake out of a rice cooker.
And how can you go wrong with Nutella in any dessert? Yes, you can enjoy a moist, soft Nutella cake out of a rice cooker. As usual, its flavor will come alive if you have enough patience to let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. You can add more excitement with the spread of Nutella, orange jam and rum and keep the cake moist longer at the same time. My friends and I enjoyed the orange scent coming through this Nutella cake, but you may find the orange scent overpowering or be disappointed by just a hint of rum in your mouth, depending on your preference. Taste and adjust the ratio of the Nutella spread, but please, don't spread and drive.
4 eggs, whites and yolks separated
1/3 C sugar
1/4 t salt
1/3 C vegetable oil
1/3 C plus 1/4 C Nutella
1 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 C orange jam
1/4 C rum
Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Whisk egg whites. When egg whites turn white and foamy, add 1/2 of the sugar and continue to whisk. When sugar has been incorporated and the meringue starts turning glossy, add the rest of the sugar and continue to whisk. Stop when the meringue is firm and silky-glossy. When you lift the whisk, the tip should gently fall, which is about soft-medium peak.
Add egg yolks and salt and thoroughly and carefully combine.
Whisk together oil and 1/3 C of Nutella thoroughly so that it becmes one smooth, glossy mix. Add to the egg mix.
Then add flour into the egg mix. With a wooden spoon, gently incorporate 1/2 of the flour mix first. Add the rest and fold in gently just until there are no lumps of flour. Do not overmix.
Pour the batter into the greased rice cooker bowl. Tap the side of the bowl to release big air bubbles. Place the bowl in the rice cooker.
Press 'Steam' (a.k.a. 'Multi-Cook') for 40 minutes if your rice cooker has the option. Alternatively, 'Cook' twice, i.e., press 'Cook' and when it's done, press 'Cook' again. You might have to wait for the rice cooker to cool a bit before starting the second run in case of some older/simpler rice cookers.
When it's done, flip gently on a plate. Let it cool to room temperature.
If you're adding the Nutella-orange-rum spread, mix 1/4 C of Nutella, orange and rum together to combine well. Slice the cake horizontally through the middle. If the cake top is unforgiveably uneven, carefully trim the top with a serrated knife to help the coating of the spread to be more even. Spread half of the mix on the middle of the bottom layer, then cover with the top layer. Spread the rest of the Nutella-orange-rum spread on the top layer of the cake.
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