Japanese-style rice cooker pancakes are made in an instant pot instead for an easy and fun brunch.
2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
Please note, this recipe is made in the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6 quart version). I have not tested it with other versions of the Instant Pot. It’s my understanding based on comments received that there may be issues making this recipe with certain other versions of the Instant Pot. Some models of the Instant Pot cook faster and some models produce a burn notice if you try to cook the cake in manual mode and you will have to change to rice mode (more details in instructions below).
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until completely blended. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until only very small lumps remain in the batter. When measuring out the flour make sure you measure it properly by spooning it into the measuring cup and then leveling off your cup. If you only use the measuring cup to scoop out the flour, you will over-pack your flour which will cause your batter to be too dry which can cause it to then stick to the bottom of the pot when cooking.
Thoroughly grease the interior of your instant pot with cooking oil spray (I used a canola oil spray). I recommend giving a few extra coats to the interior bottom of the pot to prevent the cake from getting stuck to the bottom. Pour in batter.
Seal lid with vent closed and program instant pot to manual mode. Set pressure to low pressure. Then set to cook for about 45 minutes. 45 minutes will produce a crispy brown top. If you want something a little less crispy, you may want to try a few less minutes. (Update: Some people have reported an issue with their Instant Pot giving an overheating error or burn notice. It appears to be happening with certain models of the Instant Pot such as the 6-in-1 bluetooth version and some of the other newer IP versions. If this happens, you can also try to set it to “rice” mode, low pressure, 45 minutes. If your IP version doesn’t allow you to adjust the time in rice mode, readers have reported success using “multigrain” mode and changing to low pressure.)
Check on the cake when the Instant Pot indicates it’s done cooking. Your instant pot should not have sealed because of the low pressure and lack of liquid. The cake will look quite pale when finished because this is the bottom of your cake. When you touch the cake, it should bounce back with no uncooked batter remaining on it and the cake should be pulling away from the sides. If you cake is not quite done, let it continue to cook on low pressure for a few more minutes.
Use a spatula to further loosen cake from the sides of the pan. Sometimes the cake gets a little bit stuck to the bottom, so you just need to carefully peel it away with your spatula. Very carefully, pop the cake out upside down so that the bottom is now the top. The top of the cake should be a golden brown and crispy.
Serve with your favorite pancake toppings.
This is an Instant Pot version of the very popular Japanese rice cooker pancake. It is not a giant American pancake. The texture is thick, slightly chewy, sweet with a crispy top. I also have a giant Instant Pot version of traditional butermilk pancake: https://kirbiecravings.com/instant-pot-buttermilk-pancake/
As stated in the instructions, some of the newer Instant Pot models have a “burn” notice detection for when there is too little liquid in the pot and it won’t let you cook the pancake directly in the pot. Some readers have commented that switching to rice mode fixes this issue, but it doesn’t seem to be a fix for all models. For a recipe that works with all models of the Instant Pot, check out https://kirbiecravings.com/instant-pot-buttermilk-pancake/ instead, which uses the pot inside pot method.
Unfortunately, this recipe does not work if you try the pot inside pot method because the cake will come out too gummy and dense.