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Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

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Have you ever tried making a chocolate cake in your pressure cooker? Today I’m sharing how to make Instant Pot chocolate cake using a box cake mix. It’s simple, easy and tastes fantastic! Perfect as a dessert or for Valentines!

If you’re not a fan of chocolate cake, try one of our 31 Instant Pot Dessert Recipes, instead.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Decadent Dessert: This Instant Pot Chocolate Cake recipe delivers a rich, moist chocolate cake that melts in your mouth.
  • Efficient Baking: The Instant Pot ensures even cooking for a perfectly baked cake every time.
  • Easy and Quick: With simple ingredients and steps, this cake is a breeze to prepare.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Triple Chocolate Cake Mix: The base for the cake, it offers essential dry ingredients and a rich chocolate flavor. No need for additional ingredients such as cocoa powder, powdered sugar, baking powder, or baking soda.
  • Eggs: Act as a binder, helping to hold the cake together while also providing moisture and richness.
  • Water: Necessary for activating the cake mix and creating the right batter consistency.
  • Oil: Keeps the cake moist and tender, ensuring it doesn’t dry out during cooking.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Melt into the ganache, providing a deep, balanced chocolate flavor.
  • Chocolate Ganache: A sweet, rich topping that adds an extra layer of chocolate decadence to the cake.
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles: A fun and festive addition that adds a pop of color and a bit of crunch. Perfect for celebrating the holiday!

How To Make Instant Pot Chocolate Cake From A Box?

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Step One: Combine Cake Mix With Liquids

In a large bowl whisk together the chocolate cake mix and the wet ingredients (eggs, water, and oil).

Step Two: Add Chocolate Chips

Add the chocolate chips to the cake batter in the mixing bowl.

Step Three: Grease The Bundt Pan

Grease and flour a 7-inch heart-shaped bundt pan. Use butter or cooking spray for the prepared pan. If you don’t have a heart-shaped pan, simply use a regular round 7 Inch pan.

Step Four: Pour Cake Batter Into Bundt Pan

Pour the chocolate cake batter into the bundt pan, about ¾ full.

Step Five: Cover Bundt Pan With Foil

Cover the prepared pan with aluminum foil to protect the cake from steam and water.

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Step Six: Place Cake Pan Into Instant Pot

Place the covered bundt pan onto a trivet or steamer basket in your Instant Pot, making sure the cake batter is level and evenly distributed. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.

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Step Seven: Pressure Cook

Close the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure valve to the sealing position. Pressure cook your chocolate cake for 35 minutes on high pressure.

Step Eight: Quick Pressure Release

Perform a quick pressure release and remove the Instant Pot chocolate cake from the pan.

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Step Nine: Cool

Let the cake cool on a cooling rack for 30-60 minutes.

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Step Ten: Decorate

To decorate this Instant Pot dessert, top the cake with chocolate ganache and let sit for a few minutes. Then sprinkle some valentine’s day sprinkles over the cake.

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Step Eleven: Serve Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Your Instant Pot Chocolate Cake is now ready to enjoy. Serve your tender cake with a cup of tea or a nice glass of almond milk.

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Cooking Tips

  • Ensuring Fluffy Results: For best results, remember to always use a quick pressure release for Instant Pot chocolate cake. This will ensure that your cake is fluffy and perfectly cooked.
  • Preserve Pure Chocolate Taste: Skipping vanilla extract in your instant pot chocolate cake keeps the focus on the rich, intense flavors of the triple chocolate mix and chocolate ganache, ensuring a bold chocolate experience.

Substitution

  • Melted Butter: Can substitute for the 1/2 cup oil in the cake mix, adding a richer flavor and more tender crumb to the Instant Pot chocolate cake. It can also enhance the texture of the chocolate ganache by making it smoother and adding depth to its taste.

Variations

  • Nutty Crunch: Add nuts to the batter for extra crunch.
  • Espresso Boost: For a more intense flavor, add espresso powder to the batter.
  • Peanut Butter Bliss: Drizzle melted peanut butter over the cake after it is cooked.

Storage Instructions

  • Fridge: This chocolate cake should be stored in an airtight container and can last up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze your chocolate cake. Wrap the cooled cake in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Caramel Sauce: Pour caramel sauce on the cake or serve it on the side for a delicious flavor.
  • Ice Cream: Serve your chocolate cake with ice cream for a classic and creamy combo that everyone loves.

FAQ’S

Do I Need a Springform Pan for Instant Pot Box Cake?

No, you don’t need a springform pan for Instant Pot cake. Any 7-inch round pan or heart-shaped bundt pan would work just fine.

However, the shape of your caked will depend on which baking dish you use. Make sure to grease the baking dish before adding your batter so that it doesn’t stick.

What Is the Best Way to Grease a Cake Pan?

The best way to grease a cake pan is to use butter or cooking spray. For bundt pans, you can also use shortening and flour or baking parchment paper.
Whatever you choose, make sure the entire surface of the pan is covered with the oil so that your cake doesn’t stick.

Can I Naturally Release This Recipe?

No! Not for chocolate cake, a natural release will cause the cake to collapse and be dense. Always use a quick pressure release for Instant Pot chocolate cake.

My Instant Pot Cake Is Not Cooked! What Should I Do?

Your cake should be perfectly cooked, however if your Instant Pot cake is not cooked, add a few minutes of additional cooking time and make sure you have at least 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot.

It’s also important to check for doneness before removing the cake from the pan. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean when the cake is done.

Do I Need To Use Tin Foil for Instant Pot Chocolate Cake?

Yes. It is important to use aluminum foil when making Instant Pot Chocolate Cake, as it will help keep the cake from getting too soggy. It also prevents water from entering the pan and helps create steam to make the cake moist.

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Make a super yummy and moist chocolate cake in your Instant Pot that's easy to mix up and cooks fast, perfect for when you're craving something sweet!

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Triple Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 ¼ Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Oil
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the chocolate cake mix and the wet ingredients (eggs, water, and oil).
  2. Add the chocolate chips to the cake batter in the mixing bowl.
  3. Grease and flour a 7-inch heart-shaped bundt pan. Use butter or cooking spray for the prepared pan. If you don’t have a heart-shaped pan, simply use a regular round 7-inch pan.
  4. Pour the chocolate cake batter into the bundt pan, about ¾ full.
  5. Cover the prepared pan with aluminum foil to protect the cake from steam and water.
  6. Place the covered bundt pan onto a trivet or steamer basket in your Instant Pot, making sure the cake batter is level and evenly distributed. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  7. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the pressure valve to the sealing position. Pressure cook your chocolate cake for 35 minutes on high pressure.
  8. Perform a quick pressure release and remove the Instant Pot chocolate cake from the pan.
  9. Let the cake cool on a cooling rack for 30-60 minutes.
  10. To decorate this Instant Pot dessert, top the cake with chocolate ganache and let sit for a few minutes. Then sprinkle some Valentine’s day sprinkles over the cake.
  11. Your Instant Pot Chocolate Cake is now ready to enjoy. Serve your tender cake with a cup of tea or a nice glass of almond milk.

Notes

  • Ensuring Fluffy Results: For best results, remember to always use a quick pressure release for Instant Pot chocolate cake. This will ensure that your cake is fluffy and perfectly cooked.
  • Preserve Pure Chocolate Taste: Skipping vanilla extract in your instant pot chocolate cake keeps the focus on the rich, intense flavors of the triple chocolate mix and chocolate ganache, ensuring a bold chocolate experience.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 737Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 43gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 4gSugar: 37gProtein: 9g

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