Apple Cake – Instant Pot

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This delicious Apple Cake, ‘pressure cooked’ in the Instant Pot, is loaded with fresh apples coated with cinnamon and sugar making it a perfect breakfast or dessert cake.

I used my 7-in-1 DUO Instant Pot to perfect this apple cake recipe as I know that is the model most of my followers have.

apple cake instant pot

Oct 15th is my second blog anniversary.. Yay!! I have enjoyed the second year of blogging, from going to a self-published blog, to sharing printable recipes and nutritional information for each recipe. Ministry of curry now has a you tube channel with short and to-the-point videos for the recipes, we are on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!

Oh and the biggest thing we did over the last year is to publish recipes for the state of the art, super sophisticated Instant Pot pressure cooker that I have fell in love with! With 50+ international recipes and quick videos to give you an idea of how the Instant Pot works.

Cooking for us has definitely gone up to the next level, with healthy and delicious foods cooked faster and with the same authentic taste. More importantly my boys have started to cook using the Instant Pot which makes me so happy and satisfied. We have used our Instant Pot to make soups, chilies, rice, beans, lentils, pasta, curries, yogurt and cakes! And so proud to have show cased the summer berry cake at the Dr.Oz show!!

So here is a big shout out to family, friends and followers for your love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you! Thank you!!

To celebrate the second blog anniversary, here is a delicious apple cake Instant Pot recipe:

apple cake instant pot

This cake is a combination of the apple cake that was adapted from smitten kitchen and my summer berry cake. Since I am using a 7″ push pan in the Instant Pot, the original oven recipe is halved and also modified to work for the Instant Pot.

This apple cake tastes even better the next day, which  makes it a perfect make ahead recipe. I usually make this cake at night so I have the cake ready to enjoy in the morning.

apple cake instant pot

4.29 from 7 votes
apple cake instant pot
Apple Cake - Instant Pot
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 3 cups peeled and diced apples any variety
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour + 1 tablespoon for dusting the pan
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice I was out of OJ, so I used apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  1. Grease and flour a 7” cake pan. I use Fat Daddios’ 7” push pan.
  2. Peel, core and chop apples into small pieces.Toss with cinnamon and 2 tablespoon sugar and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix wet ingredients into dry ones; scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated. This batter is thicker than the usual cake batter.
  5. Pour half of batter in the cake pan. Since the batter the thick allow it to spread evenly by gently tapping the cake pan on the sides. Spread half of apples on top of the batter. Slowly pour the remaining batter covering most of the apple pieces. Spread the remaining half apples and any juices on top.
  6. Cover the cake pan with a paper towel and then cover it tightly with aluminum foil. You can skip the aluminum foil by securing paper towel with a rubber band around the pan.
  7. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  8. Press Manual(Hi pressure) and adjust cook time to 60 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
  9. Carefully take the trivet out and remove the aluminum foil and paper towel. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Tastes even better the next day so make ahead!!



35 thoughts on “Apple Cake – Instant Pot

    1. Thank you for your kind words! We make this cake a lot in the fall and winter. It makes a good holiday treat to share with family, friends and neighbors.

  1. I just received one of these pots as a gift and am still getting used to it. I hope once I learn to use it properly I will appreciate it as much as you do. Thanks for sharing a recipe I can actually use with it. It looks delicious.

  2. We’ve just had a slice with some custard! A lovely moist cake and the first one I’ve made in the IP.
    I’ve been loving your recipes!

    1. Hi Carol! I am so happy that you tried and loved this cake. I have been making it in the oven but this fall I have only made it in IP! Thank you for letting me know that you are enjoying my recipes.

    1. Hi Shazam, it’s all purpose flour or maida. Whole wheat won’t get the texture that good. I would recommend trying with maida

    1. Yes bundt pan will work. Grease it well and start with apples then batter and repeat. This way when you take it out the apples will be on top. Also I think 40-45 mins of cook time should be enough for a bundt pan.

  3. Good morning! The apple cake was my first baking attempt in the Instant Pot.. I had to substitute hard cider as there was no juice in the house. The only problem I encountered: the entire cup of water steamed away and the cake was not done. I added another cup and gave it another 20 minutes, again the water was gone but the cake was done to perfection. Next time I will start off with 2 cups of water and see where that takes me. I may also add walnut pieces to the apples. The cake was wonderful, not too sweet, Nice contrast between the cake and the apples. This is going to become a habit! Thank you!

    1. Hi Lee! Thank you so much for your detailed message. I am happy that you enjoyed the flavors of this apple cake. I am wondering if there might be steam escaping from your IP. Make sure that your sealing ring is all the way in from all the sides. I have baked this cake many times and I never had the water evaporate. Although, I agree just adding extra water next time does not hurt. Was your batter thicker than usual cake batter? I am trying to figure out why it needed additional cook time. Is it just the water in the inner pot or may be the consistency of the batter. Happy to hear that you are going to make this again. Thank you!!

    1. Hi! I have not frozen this cake only because we never have any leftovers. It tastes amazing the second and third day! But If you freeze it on the day you cook, I think it will freeze fine.

  4. Great recipe. An additional twist: If you’re not a total fan of the rather dumpling-like consistency you get from the Instant Pot on its own, just pop it out of the baking form when it‘s ready and put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 225C for a post-bake. Provided the perfect finishing touch for me.

  5. Hi Archana, I am trying ur recipes once I bought my ip very tasty. Thank you for the easy and tasty recipes. Tomorrow is my daughter birthday I want to try this. Can I make it today keep it in refrigerator will it be good?

    1. Hi Bindu! Congrats on your IP and happy Birthday to your daughter. Yes you can make ahead. It tastes better next day!

  6. Hi, Archana, I have mini molds, would I be able to cook this cake in there in several batches? I also have almond flour, would that be okay to use?

    1. Hi Jancy, I am sure you can do both. I have not tried with mini molds or almond flour so I am not sure if the timing and taste.

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