Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake is moist and tender, made with fresh apples and full of rich cinnamon flavor! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or let it cool and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
This Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe is a perfect excuse to use all of the apples, whether fresh or old, harboring in the back of your fridge. And we are using pan inside the pot method to make this cake.
Pan inside the Pot Cooking Method
- We are using the inner pot of the Instant Pot (the one you usually cook in) to hold water only. The inner pot is NOT used to hold the cake.
- We will use a smaller pan (7 inches in size) that fits inside the inner pot for the cake itself.
- The cake pan should be made out of metal (either stainless steel or aluminum).
- This smaller pan will be covered with foil to keep condensation from the water out of the cake.
- This smaller pan will comfortably sit on top of the trivet.
- The cake batter should be dense and thick.
- The cake is pressure cooked for 1 hour, followed by natural release method.
What type of cake pan will fit inside your Instant Pot
There are three cake pan options for both 6 quart and 8 quart Instant Pot. Make sure that your cake pan is made out of metal and is NOT ceramic:
Note: 8 inch round cake pan or removable bottom cake pan will fit in the 8 quart pot, however 8 inch spring form one won’t.
Removable Bottom pan is a great option for 2 reasons:
- It doesn’t have a clip on the side like a spring form pan, which makes it really easy to fit inside the Instant.
- It allows you to push up the bottom of the pan with the cake resting on it without any damage to the sides of the cake.
Can I use ceramic pan for this?
It will not work the same way because ceramic is less heat conductive than metal. Most metal non-ceramic cake pans, like the cake pan used in this Apple Cake Instant Pot recipe, are made either from aluminum or stainless steel. Both of these materials take much less time to heat through than ceramic baking dishes.
A reader actually attempted to cook this cake inside the ceramic pot and the cake batter was still not cooked after 1 hour of pressure cooking. She had to increase cooking time from 1 to 1.5 hours in order for the cake to cook through.
Why use different rings for making Instant Pot desserts
When I turned my Instant Pot on with the apple cinnamon cake already in it, it started smelling like a wonderful aroma of cinnamon apples. Wrong! It started smelling like beef stew! I forgot to change the ring! This is exactly why I keep two separate rings: one – for desserts, and the other – for savory dishes.
And while I enjoy the smell of the stew, I would really prefer to smell apple and cinnamon while making a cake.
If you are wondering what I’m talking about, it’s these BPA free and dishwasher safe genuine Instant Pot rings. So if you are making both desserts and savory recipes with your Instant Pot, it makes sense to use 2 different rings for those purposes to avoid your cake smelling like a stew!
Prepare the apples
I covered the apple slices with cinnamon and sugar while mixing the rest of the ingredients.
Prepare the batter
Once you mix dry and wet ingredients, you will see that the batter is quite thick – that’s normal. You might also think that there is not enough of it – that’s OK too, the batter will expand when pressure cooked.
Pour half of batter in the cake pan. Spread half of apples on top of the batter.
Add the remaining batter covering most of the apple pieces. Finally, spread the remaining half apples and any juices on top.
Use aluminum foil to cover the cake pan
Now cover the cake pan tightly with aluminum foil. This is needed to trap the air and prevent excess moisture from getting into the cake.
Now add 1 cup water into the instant pot’s inner pot. Place cake pan wrapped in foil on the trivet and then put the trivet with the pan on it into the Instant Pot.
Cook on Instant Pot’s Manual mode
Press Manual, then High Pressure and set cook time to 60 minutes. Once done use Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
How to use Natural Release Method
When pressure cooking is over and digital display reads “L0:00”, the pot will start beeping. Push “Cancel” to cancel the reheat mode. The digital display will show “OFF”. Now just patiently wait for the floating valve to completely drop (this will take 10 to 20 minutes).
Instant Pot Tip: You can also just push the valve just to make sure that all the pressure is released before opening the Instant Pot.
Now turn Venting knob to venting position and open the lid.
How to enjoy this Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake
Serve Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon cake warm with a bowl of ice cream or cool it off and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
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Readers’ images of this Instant Pot Apple Cake
This Instant Pot apple cake has been made many times by readers on Facebook and Pinterest. Below are some of the images of the cake provided by the readers:
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake is moist and tender, loaded with fresh apples and rich cinnamon flavor! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or let it cool and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. The apple cake is made using 7 inch round pan or springform pan right inside your Instant Pot.
- 2 1/2 cups apples (cored, peeled and diced)
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour (one and a half cup)
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup water (to be used in the inner pot)
- Powdered sugar (to decorate the top of the cake)
Toss chopped apple slices with cinnamon and 2 tablespoon sugar and set aside.
In a large bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients: oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix wet ingredients into dry ones very well. The resulting batter is very thick and will seem like there is not very much of it - that's OK.
Grease a 7” cake pan (that's where the cake will go into).
Pour half of batter in the cake pan.
Spread half of apples on top of the batter.
Add the remaining batter covering most of the apple pieces.
Finally, spread the remaining half of apples and any juices on top.
Cover the cake pan tightly with aluminum foil.
Have your Instant Pot plugged in and make sure you have the inner pot in.
Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place the cake pan wrapped in foil on the trivet and now place both in the Instant Pot.
Press Manual, then High pressure and set cook time to 60 minutes. Once done use Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
Carefully take the trivet out of the instant pot and remove the foil wrapped caked from the trivet. Next remove the aluminum foil from the cake pan. Now allow the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes and then remove the cake from the pan.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve warm with a bowl of vanilla ice cream!
Recipe adapted from: Ministry of Curry
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