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Instant Pot Orange Cake

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Get ready to satisfy your sweet cravings with our Instant Pot Orange Cake. This moist and zesty treat is easy to make and bursting with citrus flavor. Perfect for any occasion, it’s sure to impress everyone at the table.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Citrus Delight: The vibrant orange flavor makes this cake a refreshing and delightful treat.
  • Effortless Preparation: The Instant Pot ensures a moist, evenly baked cake with minimal effort.
  • Eye-Catching Dessert: Its bright color and tantalizing aroma make it an attractive centerpiece.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed for this Instant Pot sponge cake:

Orange Cake Ingredients

  • Orange Cake Mix Box: Provides all the necessary dry ingredients for the cake, and infuses it with a bright, citrusy flavor.
  • Water: Activates the cake mix, creating the right consistency for a moist and fluffy cake.
  • Large Eggs: Act as a binding agent, keeping the cake together while adding moisture and richness.
  • Canola Oil: Ensures the cake stays soft and tender, enhancing its overall texture.

Glaze Ingredients

  • Powdered Sugar: Forms the base of the glaze, providing a sweet counterpoint to the tangy orange.
  • Milk: Thins out the powdered sugar, creating a pourable glaze that drapes beautifully over the cake.
  • Orange Zest: Infuses the glaze with a fresh, citrusy punch that complements the flavor of the orange cake.
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How To Make Instant Pot Orange Cake

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making Instant Pot orange cake:

Step One: Prepare Cake Pan

Grease all sides of the cake pan. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot insert.

Step Two: Make Cake Batter

In a large bowl combine cake mix, 1 cup of water, canola oil and 3 eggs. Mix well until a batter is formed.

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Step Three: Pour Batter Into Cake Pan

Beat cake mix, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, and 3 whole eggs in a bowl. Pour the batter in the greased cake pan.

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Step Four: Cover Cake Pan With Foil

Gently cover the cake pan with a paper towel. Using a piece of aluminum foil, cover the paper towel, and gently secure the paper towel around the rim of the pan.

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Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet inside the Instant Pot insert.

Step Five: Pressure Cook Orange Cake

Add the Instant Pot lid and set the valve or steam release handle to the sealing position. Press the “Cake” button and set the mode to “Less”. Adjust the cooking time to 50 minutes. If your instant Pot does not have the cake setting set the cake to cook on high pressure for 50 minutes.

Step Six: Natural Pressure Release

Once the cake has finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release from the pot. After 15 minutes remove any remaining pressure before taking off the lid. Remove the cake pan from the Instant Pot. Remove the foil and place it on a cooling rack to cool.

Step Seven: Make Orange Cake Glaze

To make your orange cake frosting or glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar (icing sugar) and milk until you reach your desired consistency.

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Step Eight: Add Orange Zest

Zest an orange and mix it into the orange cake glaze. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake and set aside until the glaze hardens. Be sure to allow your cake to cool completely before adding the glaze.

Step Nine: Serve

Your Instant Pot orange cake is now ready to cut and serve!

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Cooking Tips

  • If you do not have a cake button or Instant Pot cake setting, you can still make this recipe! Here is what the cake button means: So without a Cake Button, your cook time can vary.
  • Normal Setting – High Pressure 40 mins
  • More Setting – High Pressure 50 mins
  • Less Setting – High Pressure 25 mins

For this recipe, you would push the manual or pressure cook button and set the time for 50 minutes. To learn more about the Instant Pot buttons, read my post: What Instant Pot Buttons Do I Use?

Variations

  • Edible Flowers: If you want to take your cake-decorating game up a notch, try adding some edible flowers. Candied oranges or simple orange slices are also great toppings for this orange dessert.
  • Almonds And Coconut: You can also top the cake with chopped almonds or shredded coconut to add texture and flavor. And if you want more orange zest then feel free to add it according to your preference.

Storage Instructions

  • Cooling: Allow the Instant Pot orange cake to cool in the pot for about 10-15 minutes before transferring it to a cooling rack. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigeration: Once cooled, cover the orange cake with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooling. Consume within 3-4 days for the best taste and texture.
  • Freezing (Whole Cake): For longer storage, wrap the fully cooled cake in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Label with the freezing date and store for up to 2-3 months.
  • Freezing (Sliced Cake): Alternatively, slice the cake into individual portions, wrap each slice in plastic wrap, and then freeze. This allows you to defrost and enjoy slices as needed.
  • Thawing: When ready to enjoy a frozen slice, thaw it in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Consume within 24 hours after thawing for the best texture.

Orange Flavored Instant Pot Sponge Cake

So why make an orange-flavored sponge cake? Well, you get all the wonderful aroma and flavor of oranges in a moist cake. Not to mention the fact that it is super easy to make in your Instant Pot.

A slice or orange cake is a great way to end a meal, and this one will certainly wow everyone. Plus, you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen baking it.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Creamy goodness that complements the orange cake’s sweetness.
  • Whipped Cream: Light and airy, adding a dreamy touch to each forkful.
  • Lemon Sorbet: Cleansing and citrusy, a palate cleanser after each rich bite.

FAQ’S

Do I Need Baking Soda or Baking Powder for This Cake?

No, the cake box mix has all the dry ingredients you need so there is no need to add any additional ingredients. The steam in the Instant Pot helps to create a perfectly moist yet still light and fluffy cake.

What Frosting Goes With Orange Cake?

Orange cake goes great with a light and fluffy buttercream frosting. You can also make a delicious orange glaze as instructed above. These two options are best when it comes to this orange cake dessert cuisine.

What Does Orange Zest Taste Like?

Orange zest has a strong citrus flavor with a hint of bitterness. It’s perfect for adding some flavor to your cake and glaze, without overpowering the dish. Pour glaze with a light hand, spread the glaze over the cake’s surface and allow it to set until firm.

Can I Add Orange Juice Instead of Orange Extract to the Frosting?

Absolutely! Orange juice can be substituted for the orange extract, although if you want a stronger flavor you may want to opt for using both. You’ll also need less milk if using extra orange juice.

Will My Cake Stick to the Cake Pan?

If you use a nonstick well-greased cake pan then your prepared cake pan will allow the orange cake to slide out of the pan easily once cooled.

Whether you use a regular cake pan or a springform pan the cake should come out of the pan with ease.

The Best Cake Pan for Instant Pot Sponge Cake?

We suggest using a 7-inch cake pan for this Instant Pot orange cake recipe. Make sure to use one that is oven safe and does not exceed the size limits of your pot, as stated in its owner’s manual.

Here are two cake pans that I love to use:

Fat Daddios Cake Pan
I like to use the Fat Daddios Cake Pan which i bought from Amazon a few years ago. This is 7-inch by 3-inch deep pan and it’s both pressure cooker, air fryer and freezer safe!

Nordic Ware Cake Pan – Spring Form Bundt Pan
The Nordic Ware Cake Pa is another great option which is 7-inch diameter. This cake pan also features a removable base, so it’s easy to remove the cake from the pan when finished. You can cook directly in the pan or use the fancy bundt shaping for a shaped cake.

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Instant Pot Orange Cake Recipe

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Who is ready for a fun cake? This Instant Pot Orange Cake is not only delicious, but it’s a fun one to make. The cake may look a bit orange, but that is what makes it so much fun. It’s the best moist orange cake recipe and tastes delicious.

When you’re ready to make a cake that’s not ordinary, make this extraordinary one. This Instant Pot sponge cake recipe is going to make you love your Instant Pot even more. You'll love this moist orange cake on your dessert table!

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange Cake Mix Box
  • 1 C Water
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 C Canola Oil
  • 1 C Water
  • Orange Cake Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 C Powdered Sugar (icing sugar)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Of Milk
  • Zest Of An Orange

Instructions

Grease all sides of the cake pan. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot insert.

In a large bowl combine cake mix, 1 cup of water, canola oil and 3 eggs. Mix well until a batter is formed.

Beat cake mix, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, and 3 whole eggs in a bowl. Pour the batter in the greased cake pan.

Gently cover the cake pan with a paper towel. Using a piece of aluminum foil, cover the paper towel, and gently secure the paper towel around the rim of the pan.

Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet inside the Instant Pot insert.

Add the Instant Pot lid and set the valve or steam release handle to the sealing position. Press the “Cake” button and set the mode to “Less”. Adjust the cooking time to 50 minutes. If your instant Pot does not have the cake setting set the cake to cook on high pressure for 50 minutes.

Once the cake has finished pressure cooking, allow the pressure to naturally release from the pot. After 15 minutes remove any remaining pressure before taking off the lid. Remove the cake pan from the Instant Pot. Remove the foil and place it on a cooling rack to cool.

To make your orange cake frosting or glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar (icing sugar) and milk until you reach your desired consistency.

Zest an orange and mix it into the orange cake glaze. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake and set aside until the glaze hardens. Be sure to allow your cake to cool completely before adding the glaze.

Your Instant Pot orange cake is now ready to cut and serve!

Notes

I Don’t Have a Cake Button…Now What?

If you don;t have a cake button pressure cook on high rpessure for 50 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 6g

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12 Comments

  1. Wow. Seems super simple! And again, I really love that there aren’t a lot of ingredients used. I’ve got such a big sweet tooth. It gets me in trouble sometimes though lol.

  2. Now this I am trying out today!! Sounds easy enough and looks delicious. Can you please expand on what a size 6 cake pan is? Thank you

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