Instant Pot Vanilla Cake


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

Instant Pot Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Instant Pot Vanilla Cake

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: all-purpose flour, butter, egg, Vanilla Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon 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.
  • When to cook time is complete, what for a natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid, let the cake cool a little, and then remove it from the pan.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 258kcal Carbohydrates: 52g Protein: 6g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 164mg Potassium: 111mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 27g Vitamin A: 134IU Calcium: 123mg Iron: 2mg

36 thoughts on “Instant Pot Vanilla Cake

    1. You can use a round cake pan that will fit in your instant pot. For best result, cover the pan with piece of foil.

  1. Can we use self raising flour instead of plain flour ? If yes , do we need to add baking powder in that?Also do we need to sauté water in instant pot before putting the cake pan or jus put water and trivet and put on high pressure ? Please advise ?

    1. You can use same amount of self raising flour instead of plain flour without adding baking powder. There is no need to sauté water before putting the pan in Instant Pot.

  2. Has anyone tried baking these in ramekins instead of one round pan, and if so, how should the cook time be adjusted? I would like to try this as individual desert cups topped with fresh fruit and custard cream.

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I hate running my oven in the summer because it fights with the A/C, so I use my IP even more during warm weather because I can put it on the back porch or in the garage. 🙂

  3. Is there a mistake in the amount of flour to use? (1cup)
    Mine would not get done, cooked it way longer than necessary and it was really mushy. Not even formed as well as a custard pie. I thought it seemed like a lot of liquid verses dry ingredients and was really runny but I followed the recipe anyway.

    1. I wonder, did you add the one cup of water to the batter? Corrie, is the water to be added to the pot and not the batter?

  4. I had the same result than Joanna when I tried this recipe. The second time I tried it, I even doubled the cooking time to 1 hour. The cake was still not done in the middle.

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! This recipe was developed for the Instant Pot, so I'm not sure how it would turn out in a regular oven.

  5. I did not add the water to the batter. I put it in my instant pot but my cake is no where near cooked. My batter was definitely thick like cookie batter. Is it supposed to be?

    1. Yes, the batter is fairly thick. Did you use a deep cake pan? Some smaller diameter pans that are deeper may require a longer cooking time.

  6. I made a vegan version of this and it turned out really, really good! Used a 7” springform pan in the instant pot and followed recipe to the letter except I used unsweetened almond milk and one flax “egg” and the cake turned out really good. I’ll probably experiment with egg replacers but I’ll definitely make again, it was just the right amount of sweet and the perfect size for my husband and I.

  7. Corrie, your recipes are great. However, they'd be easier to follow if you had someone proofread the recipes. They are full of typos and can sometimes be confusing.

  8. Made this tonight for dessert. It turned out perfect! My husband and I both loved it! My husband put some of his raspberry jam on his and he said it tasted great. I ate mine without anything added and liked it. The vanilla flavor is great! It was baked all the way through.

    1. Great question! From what I understand, you should typically increase the cook time by about 15% at that elevation. So for this recipe, add 5 minutes. The recipe stays the same other than that.

  9. Can anyone tell me the conversion for UK measurements would be please? Just bought my Instant Pot Duo but it didn’t come with a basic recipes booklet! I’ve been digging all over the internet and can’t find anything applicable! We don’t have boxes of cake mixes here!

  10. Hi Abigail. As I live in the UK, I find it frustrating to use cups. I have memorised some, (1 cup of water is 8oz). Good luck

  11. Does this work with gluten-free flour? I haven't made anything like this in my pressure cooker...mostly meats.

    1. Although I haven't tried it, it should work with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. If you decide to try it, let us know how it turns out!

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