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Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake

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Who is in the mood for something sweet? My Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake is so delicious that your guests will want you to make it again and again. Remember that what you make in the Instant Pot doesn’t have to be hard. I’ll walk you through how to make this delicious cake! 

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Speed and Simplicity: It’s incredibly quick and easy, utilizing the Instant Pot for a moist and perfectly cooked cake every time.
  • Warm Cinnamon Flavor: The rich cinnamon flavor is warm and comforting, ideal for any season but especially delightful in cooler weather.
  • Beginner-Friendly Baking: Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake recipe simplifies baking, making it accessible even to beginners, ensuring a delicious outcome with minimal effort.
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Recipe Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • Flour: Mix flour with other dry dry ingredients, as it is the foundation of the cake, providing structure and substance.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: Are the leavening agents that make the cake rise, resulting in a fluffy and light texture.
  • Salt: Enhances the other flavors in the cake, making them more pronounced and balanced.
  • Ground Cinnamon: This spice is the star of the show, giving the cake a warm, sweet-spicy flavor that’s absolutely inviting.
  • Ground Cloves, Ground Black Pepper, Cardamom: Add depth and complexity to the cake’s flavor profile, with a mix of sweetness, warmth, and a bit of heat.
  • Unsalted Butter (Softened): Adds richness and moisture to the cake, while also helping to make it tender.
  • Light Brown Sugar & Sugar: Complement the spices beautifully, adding sweetness and a slight molasses note from the brown sugar.
  • Large Eggs: Work as a binding agent, helping to hold the cake together, while also adding richness.
  • Orange (Zested): The zest adds a bright, citrusy note that cuts through the sweetness and complements the spices.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Provides a sweet, creamy undertone that enhances the overall flavor of the cake.
  • Buttermilk: Adds a tangy note and extra moisture to the cake, resulting in a tender, delicious crumb.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese (Softened): Gives the frosting its creamy, tangy base, which contrasts beautifully with the sweet, spiced cake.
  • Unsalted Butter (Softened): Adds richness and a silky-smooth texture to the frosting.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the frosting and helps give it a spreadable consistency.
  • Makers Mark: Adds a unique, rich flavor to the frosting, enhancing its sweetness with notes of caramel and vanilla.

How To Make Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake?

Step One: Prepare Bundt Pan

Spray a 6-inch bundt pan with Pam baking spray and set aside. 

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

Using a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, black pepper, and cardamon until combined. 

Step Three: Beat Wet Ingredients

Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla and orange zest until combined.

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Step Four: Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Alternate between the dry ingredients and the buttermilk and mix until combined. 

Step Five: Fill Bundt Pan

Pour batter into the bundt pan, filling about ¾ way full. Cover tightly with foil. 

Step Six: Prepare Instant Pot

Add 1 C of water into the inner bowl of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. 

Step Seven: Lower Bundt Pan Into Instant Pot

Make a foil sling and carefully lower the bundt pan onto the top of the trivet in the Instant Pot. 

Step Eight: Pressure Cook

Close the lid and lock to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes. 

Step Nine: Quick Pressure Release

Do a quick pressure release (QP release).

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Step Ten: Cool

Allow to cool for 30-60 minutes. 

Step Eleven: Remove From Pan

Remove from the pan and place onto a wire rack over a cookie sheet. 

Step Twelve: Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Using a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until creamy and combined. Beat in the maker’s mark until combined.

Step Thirteen: Frost the Cake

Pour frosting into a small bowl. Pour frosting over the bundt cinnamon cake.

Step Fourteen: Let Frosting Harden

Allow frosting to harden for 30 minutes before serving!

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Note: The cream cheese frosting helps complete the Instant Pot Makers Mark Bundt Cake.

Expert Tips

  • Preparation Precision: Measure your ingredients accurately to ensure the perfect balance of moisture and flavor in your Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake.
  • Freshness Matters: Use fresh ground cinnamon for a more vibrant flavor; its potency can significantly influence the cake’s overall taste.

Optional Topping

  • For an optional topping, sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mix (You may set aside additional brown sugar to sprinkle on top at the end.) over the cinnamon cake for added texture and sweetness.

Substitutions

  • Sour Cream: To substitute buttermilk in the Instant Pot cinnamon cake recipe, use sour cream for a rich texture and slight tanginess. Swap 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk with an equal amount of sour cream in the batter with eggs.

Storage Instructions

  • Storage: Let the your cinnamon cake cool entirely before storing. Place it in an airtight container to keep it fresh and prevent drying. Store in a cool, dry place like a pantry for optimal texture and flavor.
  • Refrigeration: For longer storage, refrigerate the cooled cinnamon cake tightly wrapped in plastic.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Hot Coffee: A warm embrace of bold flavors, pairing perfectly with the rich, comforting essence of cinnamon cake.
  • Caramel Sauce: A velvety cascade of sweet indulgence, elevating the cinnamon cake to a realm of decadent delight.

FAQ’S

What If I Don’t Have A Bundt Pan for this Recipe?

For an Instant Pot cinnamon cake recipe without a Bundt pan, a springform pan can serve as a great substitute. Simply apply nonstick cooking spray to the springform pan before adding your cake batter, ensuring a smooth release after cooking.

Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake

Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Pressure-cook a sweet and spiced Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake for a quick, delicious treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cardamon
  • ½ C unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ C light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ C buttermilk
  • For Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 – 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ C unsalted butter softened
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Makers Mark

Instructions

  1. Spray a 6-inch bundt pan with Pam baking spray and set aside. 
  2. Using a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, black pepper, and cardamon until combined. 
  3. Using a hand mixer or standing mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla and orange zest until combined.
  4. Alternate between the dry ingredients and the buttermilk and mix until combined. 
  5. Pour batter into the bundt pan, filling about ¾ way full. Cover tightly with foil.
  6. Add 1 C of water into the inner bowl of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet inside. 
  7. Make a foil sling and carefully lower the bundt pan onto the top of the trivet in the Instant Pot. 
  8. Close the lid and lock to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 35 minutes. 
  9. Do a quick pressure release (QP release).
  10. Allow to cool for 30-60 minutes. 
  11. Remove from the pan and place onto a wire rack over a cookie sheet. 
  12. Using a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until creamy and combined. Beat in the maker’s mark until combined.
  13. Pour frosting into a small bowl. Pour frosting over the bundt cinnamon cake.
  14. Allow frosting to harden for 30 minutes before serving!

Notes

  • Preparation Precision: Measure your ingredients accurately to ensure the perfect balance of moisture and flavor in your Instant Pot Cinnamon Cake.
  • Freshness Matters: Use fresh ground cinnamon for a more vibrant flavor; its potency can significantly influence the cake’s overall taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1586Total Fat: 72gSaturated Fat: 43gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 283mgSodium: 993mgCarbohydrates: 222gFiber: 2gSugar: 164gProtein: 17g

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