Steamed Tuti Fruiti Cake – Delicious Sponge Cake Steamed In The Rice Cooker

The spongy bite of this cake, with delicate tuti fruiti pieces, makes it a hard to resist treat!

Tuti fruitis,  meaning,  ‘all fruits’ in Italian, are usually chopped candid fruits.  Their rich red and green colours and subtle fruity flavours contribute to a very tempting look on ice creams, jellies or cakes.

The best news about this cake is that it is steamed in the rice cooker,  not baked in the oven like conventional cakes,  which collectively account for its irresistible, spongy texture. You can use the usual steamer too, but if you have a rice cooker, the process is so much easier, as you just have to close the lid and set the “COOK” button on. In less than 30 mins, your juicy cake will be ready to devour!

Now, you do not have to worry if your oven is  malfunctioning or  if you do not have one, as in the case of certain parts of the world.   In tropical countries, for instance,  many people do not want to use the oven, as it doubles up the heat in the house making it really hot and stuffy.

This recipe is just the one for them! Without an oven, now they too can enjoy a beautiful, home-made cake!

So, let’s get started,

(This rice cooker is the most reliable for steaming or cooking rice on regular basis)

You need the following usual ingredients for cakes :

 Self raising flour 100 g
 Melted butter or Margarine 100 g
 Eggs 2
 Sugar 100 g
 Salt 3 pinches
 Yellow cake colour (Optional) 2 drops
 Baking powder1/4 tsp
 Vanilla 2 drops
Milk1 tbsp
Tuti fruiti (red and green)
You can add red and green glazed cherries,
dusted in flour in place of tuti fruiti
1 tbsp each colour

Let’s make :

Cream the batter

  • Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until creamy
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until frothy
  • Sieve flour, salt and baking powder together on to the bowl
  • Add Yellow cake colour, vanilla and milk
  • Combine everything with a wooden spoon until a creamy batter is formed
  • Dust tuti fruiti pieces with flour and add to the batter

Place in a dish

  • Line up a pie dish or a round cake tin that would fit the steamer in the rice cooker
  • Spoon the batter into it

Steam it

  • Fill the rice cooker with water little less than half
  • Place the steamer section and on top of it place the cake tray
  • Close the lid and set to COOK mode
  • Check after 1/2 hr with a wooden skewer stabbed in the middle of the cake.  If the skewer comes sticky with cake batter, close the lid and let the cake steam away another 15 mins
  • Once the cake is steamed properly, take the tray out and let it rest for 5 mins
  • Your cake is ready!
  • Enjoy!
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