Taste a slice of your favorite cake without even using your oven! But how?! Your Instant Pot can help you enjoy fluffy baked goods even in summer when you don’t feel like staying in a hot and stuffy kitchen.
Just like the Instant Pot coffee cake, this cake has a really tender crumb and just the right amount of sweetness.
The best part – this simple yet delicious Instant Pot Vanilla Cake recipe has a short list of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge! So you can easily whip this cake together whenever the craving strikes.
Can I Make the Batter Using Only One Bowl?
Yes! I recommend following the instructions and using two bowls for the best results. However, if you want to save yourself from too many dishes, you can start with step #2—mixing the butter and sugar together, then adding vanilla and egg. Then add baking powder and mix to combine and then finally, incorporate the flour.
Can I Use Brown Sugar?
Yes, you can substitute the sugar with an equal amount of light or dark brown sugar. Using brown sugar will give a bit of a nutty, caramelized flavor and also make the cake a little darker in color.
The difference between sugar and brown sugar is simply the presence of molasses. Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light brown sugar, so the difference will be even more noticeable with dark brown sugar.
Can I Use Self-Rising Flour?
Yes. Self-rising flour is just regular all-purpose flour with leavening agents already mixed in. It contains about 1.5 teaspoons baking powder for every cup of flour, plus a little salt. The small difference in proportion shouldn’t make a huge difference.
If you are using self-rising flour, you should omit the baking powder in this recipe.
Does it Matter What Size Cake Pan I Use?
Not really. Most instant pot models can accommodate pans no larger than 7 inches in diameter, and the majority of cake pans are at least 5.5-6 inches in diameter. The small difference in diameter shouldn’t make a difference for the cooking time here.
How Should I Serve it?
I actually love this cake just as is! It’s so simple, and yet so satisfying. Sometimes I’ll serve it alongside fresh fruit and whipped cream for a light summer dessert.
For a little something extra though, this cake can be topped with chocolate glaze or this delicious Instant Pot Lemon Curd. Perfect for special occasions!
More Instant Pot Dessert Recipes, Please!
If you liked this Instant Pot Vanilla Cake recipe, check out these dessert recipes, all made using your pressure cooker!:
Instant Pot Banana Bread
Instant Pot Brownies
Instant Pot Flan
Instant Pot Cheesecake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup milk or buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- In a bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
- In another bowl, mix butter and sugar, then add the whisked egg and vanilla extract.
- Slowly add the flour mix to the second bowl while stirring constantly.
- Add milk the the mix and keep stirring.
- Grease a pan (that fit your Instant Pot) with some butter, and pour your mixture inside.
- Pour water into the Instant Pot and correctly place the trivet.
- Cover the pan with foil and place it on the trivet.
- Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 30 minutes.
- Once done, white for a natural steam release.
- Let the cake cool a little, and then remove it from the pan.