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Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake

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Calling all fans of fall! This Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake recipeis crazy good. The cake could literally stand on its own but once you top it with that delicious caramel topping, it’s out of this world delicious.

Trust me on this one…this simple spice cake is so moist and delicious, you’re going to have to make a second one as soon as possible because this one is going to go fast!

Instant Pot Apple spice cake

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Festive Flavor: This Instant Pot apple cake recipe is bursting with warm, autumnal spices and sweet apples.
  • Effortless Baking: The Instant Pot simplifies the baking process, ensuring a perfect cake.
  • Versatile Dessert: Serve this apple spice cake as a breakfast treat or a delicious dessert – your choice!

Recipe Ingredients

  • Spice Cake Mix: Boxed cake mix provides a convenient, flavorful base for the cake. You don’t need the baking soda.
  • Water: Moistens the cake mix, activating the ingredients to create the batter.
  • Canola Oil: Adds moisture and helps create a tender texture in the cake.
  • Large Eggs: Act as a binding agent, helping the cake hold its shape.
  • Springform Pan: Allows for easy removal of the cake after baking.
  • Round Cake Board: Provides a sturdy base for decorating and serving the cake.

Caramel Apple Pie Topping Ingredients

  • Apple Pie Filling: Adds a sweet, fruity layer that complements the spice cake.
  • Salted Caramel Sauce: This salted caramel sauce provides a decadent, sweet-salty finish to the cake.

Cinnamon Frosting Ingredients

  • Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter: Creates a creamy, rich base for the frosting.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens the frosting and helps it hold its shape.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds depth of flavor to the frosting.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Infuses the frosting with warm spice, complementing the apple and caramel flavors.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Lightens the frosting, giving it a fluffy, spreadable consistency.
  • Piping Bag with Star Tip: Allows for decorative application of the frosting.
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How to Make Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake?

Step One: Prepare the Cake Batter

Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, canola oil, water and eggs until combined and smooth.

Step Two: Prep the Pan

Spray the springform pan or push pan with pam baking spray.

Step Three: Fill the Pan

Pour half of the batter into the pan, filling it to about 3/4 halfway full.

Step Four: Prepare Instant Pot

Place your trivet inside up the instant pot.

Step Five: Cover the Pan

Cover the top of the springform pan with a paper towel and foil.

Step Six: Cook the Cake

Place the springform pan into the instant pot and close the lid, making sure the vent is sealed. Pressure cook on manual/high pressure for 30 minutes.

Step Seven: Natural Release

Do a natural release for 15 minutes.

Step Eight: Cool the Cake

Remove the cake and let cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Place cake onto the cake board.

Step Nine: Level and Slice the Cake

Using a cake leveller, cut the dome off and slice the cake in half.

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Step Ten: Prepare the Frosting

Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks. Scoop one cup of frosting into the piping bag and set aside.

Step Eleven: Prepare Apple Pie Filling

Remove the apples from the apple pie filling and chop them into bite-size pieces place them into a bowl with about 3 tbsp of the filling jam.

Step Twelve: First Frosting Layer

Using the bottom layer of the cake, scoop 1 cup of frosting onto the layer and smooth evenly.

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Step Thirteen: Add Second Cake Layer

Place the second layer on top.

Step Fourteen: Frost the Cake

Using the remaining frosting, frost the entire cake.

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Step Fifteen: Decorate With Dollops

Using the piping bag, pipe dollops along the edge of the cake.

Step Sixteen: Add Apple Pie Filling

Scoop the apple pie filling into the center of the top of the cake.

Step Seventeen: Drizzle Caramel Sauce

Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake.

Step Eighteen: Chilling the Cake

Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the frosting to set and the flavors to meld together. This step ensures that the cake is firm and easier to slice.

Step Nineteen: Serve

Allow the apple spice cake to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Expert Tips

  • Choose the Right Apples: Opt for firm apples with a balance of sweet and tart flavors, like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, to add depth to your apple spice cake.
  • Eggs at Room Temperature: Ensure eggs are at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smoother batter and a more uniform cake texture.
  • Make Without Springform Pan: To use a bundt cake pan instead of a springform pan for an Instant Pot spice cake, ensure the bundt pan fits the Instant Pot and grease it well for easy removal.
  • Use Diced Apples: For a moist and flavorful Instant Pot spice cake, layer thinly sliced apples at the bottom of the pan to infuse each bite with a sweet and aromatic apple essence.

Storage Instructions

  • Room Temperature Storage: Wrap leftover slices of your apple spice cake tightly in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container; suitable for up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerator Storage: Place slices in an airtight container; keep well for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer Storage for Longer Freshness: Wrap slices individually in plastic wrap, then foil, and place in a freezer bag; can be stored for up to 3 months.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Ice Cream: A classic pairing, the cold creaminess complements the warm spice cake.
  • Maple Pecan Whipped Cream: Whipped cream with a hint of maple and a sprinkle of pecans.
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Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Try this easy Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake with caramel topping for a cozy fall treat!

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for Apple Spice Cake:
  • 1 Box spice cake mix
  • 1 C water
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 in springform pan
  • 1 8in round cake board
  • Ingredients for caramel Apple Pie Toppings:
  • 1 8oz can of apple pie filling
  • 1 bottle of salted caramel sauce
  • Ingredients for Cinnamon frosting:
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 2 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip

Instructions

  1. Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, canola oil, water and eggs until combined and smooth.
  2. Spray the springform pan or push pan with pam baking spray.
  3. Pour half of the batter into the pan, filling it to about 3/4 halfway full.
  4. Place your trivet inside up the instant pot.
  5. Cover the top of the springform pan with a paper towel and foil.
  6. Place the springform pan into the instant pot and close the lid, making sure the vent is sealed. Pressure cook on manual/high pressure for 30 minutes.
  7. Do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the cake and let cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Place cake onto the cake board.
  9. Using a cake leveller, cut the dome off and slice the cake in half.
  10. Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks. Scoop one cup of frosting into the piping bag and set aside.
  11. Remove the apples from the apple pie filling and chop them into bite-size pieces place them into a bowl with about 3 tbsp of the filling jam.
  12. Using the bottom layer of the cake, scoop 1 cup of frosting onto the layer and smooth evenly.
  13. Place the second layer on top.
  14. Using the remaining frosting, frost the entire cake.
  15. Using the piping bag, pipe dollops along the edge of the cake.
  16. Scoop the apple pie filling into the center of the top of the cake.
  17. Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake.
  18. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the frosting to set and the flavors to meld together. This step ensures that the cake is firm and easier to slice.
  19. Allow the apple spice cake to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • Choose the Right Apples: Opt for firm apples with a balance of sweet and tart flavors, like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, to add depth to your apple spice cake.
  • Eggs at Room Temperature: Ensure eggs are at room temperature before mixing to achieve a smoother batter and a more uniform cake texture.
  • Make Without Springform Pan: To use a bundt cake pan instead of a springform pan for an Instant Pot spice cake, ensure the bundt pan fits the Instant Pot and grease it well for easy removal.
  • Use Diced Apples: For a moist and flavorful Instant Pot spice cake, layer thinly sliced apples at the bottom of the pan to infuse each bite with a sweet and aromatic apple essence.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 973Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 790mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 3gSugar: 86gProtein: 7g

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