This Instant Pot Apple Cake is not only super easy, but super delicious! Four layers of moist cake and juicy apples in every bite!
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake
It’s still warm here in Texas, but with a new school year starting in the next week or so, I’m already feeling the itch for Fall recipes! (I’d love it if the weather would follow suit!)
Apples are one of my favorite fruits year-round, but something about that combination of warm apples and cinnamon just screams Fall. So I just can’t wait for cooler weather to try out some of our new Fall themed recipes.
This Instant Pot Apple Cake is super easy to make (who doesn’t love recipes that you can just set and forget?) Plus this cake is super moist since all the moisture is locked in while it “bakes.”
I could eat this Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake for breakfast, snack, dessert – ok I could pretty much eat it any time. It’s crazy good stuff!!
And when you enjoy this Instant Pot Apple Cake with a PSL (try our healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte here!) you’ve got the ultimate Fall pairing!
Hope you love it too!
- Ground Cinnamon
- Baking Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Orange Juice
- Vanilla Extract
- Large Eggs
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What is the Best Type of Apple to Use?
For baking recipes, Granny Smith Apples work well because their tartness balances out the sweetness from the rest of the recipe. That way it is no overly sweet.
However, you are absolutely welcome to use any type of apple you like or have on hand! I like a sweet cake, so Gala or Fuji apples are my favorite varieties.
Why Use the Instant Pot to Bake a Cake?
One of the reasons the Instant Pot is so great for baking is that it keeps the inside of the cake super moist. Because there’s nothing that makes me sadder than putting all that effort into baking a cake…only for it to turn out dry!
How does it work? The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker and uses steam to cook foods. This steaming process is what helps keep the food so moist and ensures that it cooks evenly.
How to Make Instant Pot Apple Cake
Combine diced apples, cinnamon, and 2 tbsp sugar in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
TIP: We used Granny Smith Apples (my husband’s favorite), but you can use any variety of apple that you have on hand.
Sift together dry ingredients in one large mixing bowl and combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until you have a smooth batter.
Coat your springform pan with non-stick baking spray.
Pour half the cake batter into the springform pan, then layer half of the diced apples on top of the batter.
Pour the remaining batter on top of the apples, then finish with the other half of the apples, so that you have 4 layers. Here’s a look at the layering process:
Cover the springform pan with foil like so:
Add 1 cup of water into the insert of the IP and place the trivet inside. Set the springform onto the trivet and close the lid.
Select manual (high) and set the time for 60 minutes cook time. Allow natural pressure release before removing lid.
Allow the cake to cool completely (out of the Instant Pot) before removing the springform.
This cake is lovely topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, or even a sprinkle of ground nutmeg.
PS- Be sure to check out how we used the Instant Pot to make Pumpkin Apple Butter too!
More of our favorite Instant Pot desserts:
- Instant Pot Godiva Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Angel Food Cake
- Instant Pot Apple Butter
- Instant Pot Apple Dumplings
- Instant Pot Red White and Blue Cheesecake
- IP Mango Bundt Cake
Grab a free printable copy of our Instant Pot Apple Cake Recipe:
Instant Pot Apple Cake
- 3 cups Granny Smith Apples diced (about 4 apples)
- 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons
- 2 Tablespoon pulp free orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- Combine diced apples, cinnamon, and 2 tbsp sugar in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- In separate mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs until well combined. Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until you have a smooth batter.
- Coat your springform pan with non-stick baking spray.
- Pour half the batter into the springform pan, then cover with half of the diced apples. Repeat with the rest of the batter and diced apples so that you have 4 layers.
- Cover the springform pan with foil.
- Add 1 cup of water into the insert of the IP and place the trivet inside. Set the springform onto the trivet and close the lid.
- Select manual (high) and set the time for 60 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, allow to natural pressure release before removing the lid.
- Carefully take out the trivet and remove the foil from the springform pan.
- Allow the cake to cool completely before removing the springform.
- Dust with powdered sugar and cinnamon and enjoy!
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