Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 6 reviews

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Instant Pot Chocolate Cake is a fool-proof dessert packed with chocolatey flavor and just the subtlest hint of coffee, frosted with homemade chocolate buttercream. Add nuts, enjoy with a big scoop of ice cream, and get creative with other delicious add-ons!

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Instant Pot Chocolate Cake is probably one of the easiest ways to make everyone’s favorite dessert. No need to fire up the oven for this one – after mixing up the batter, the pressure cooker will take care of the rest.

Do other things or relax, and come back to a perfectly moist and extremely chocolatey cake ready to be enjoyed! 

We’re also adding a simple chocolate buttercream frosting to make your dessert extra-special. Share this with family and friends over coffee, with a nice scoop of ice cream, or some homemade caramel for a terrific treat.

What goes into homemade Instant Pot Chocolate Cake?

  • Sweeteners: White and brown sugars add not just sweetness, but moisture to this delicious treat.
  • Dry: Regular pantry ingredients like flour, a dash of salt, and baking powder plus cocoa powder are the base of our batter.
  • Wet: To bring the batter together, we’re adding softened butter and a couple of fresh eggs along with water and some vanilla.
  • Coffee: Our secret ingredient! Coffee intensifies the chocolatey taste— trust us, don’t skip it!
  • Chocolate chips: A full cup of chips go into this delectable dessert!

How to make the best homemade instant pot chocolate cake from scratch?

  1. Beat the ingredients: Combine the sweeteners with a tsp. of vanilla, plus the butter until you reach a fluffy and light consistency. Then, follow with a fresh egg at a time, then the coffee. Mix all the dry, then add until JUST COMBINED (don’t overmix!). Fold in the chips. Pour everything into your greased pan then carefully cover with foil.
  2. Cook: Add water to the pot, then gently lower the pan inside on the trivet. Cook on high for 30 mins., then let it sit for 10 mins., so the steam naturally releases. Afterward, finish by unsealing the valve.
  3. Make the frosting (optional, but highly recommended!): Beat butter (make sure it’s softened) with icing sugar, a splash of heavy cream, cocoa powder, plus vanilla and salt until smooth.
  4. Serve: Slice into thick wedges, frost if you’d like it with buttercream, and enjoy.

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Bake: Pop this in a 350F oven for about 20-35 mins., or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Make Muffins: Scoop into a muffin pan and bake for 18 to 25 mins.
  • Add Nuts: For a nutty crunch, add chopped peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, or candied pecans.
  • Mocha: Double or triple the amount of coffee (depending on how intense you want the coffee to taste), and add coffee chips.
  • Other chip flavors: Use dark, milk, white, or caramel chips.
  • Double chocolate: Swirl in some Nutella.
  • Make it with peanut butter: Swirl in your favorite PB, or dollop on top.

Which type of chocolate is the best one to use for cake?

We prefer dark or semi-sweet so we can control the amount of sweetness in the desert.

Also, make sure you use baking chocolate, not eating chocolate, because the latter may not set properly. In addition, use a high-quality product because it will be the main flavor here.

How to serve homemade Instant Pot chocolate cake?

This is perfect with coffee or tea, or with a scoop of ice cream or whip cream. You can also cover it with cream cheese frosting if you like!

For those with a sweet tooth, drizzle it with our yummy dulce de leche or caramel sauce. We also love spreading it with a little fruit jam plus fresh fruits to balance out the sweetness and add a delightful fruity flavor.

How do you keep the homemade chocolate cake tender and moist?

To keep this dessert moist, we add brown sugar (the molasses in there adds moisture and softness) plus a little water. You can also replace some of the butter with oil. Another must-do is to mix in the dry just until it’s moistened, so the gluten doesn’t develop and make the crumb tough.

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Storing instructions:

Cool it first, then store it in an air-tight container. This will last up to 3 days on the counter, but if you’d like to make it last longer, keep it in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

instant pot chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake is a fool-proof dessert packed with chocolatey flavor and just the subtlest hint of coffee, frosted with homemade chocolate buttercream.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 520kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

Chocolate cake:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Chocolate Buttercream (optional):

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

Chocolate cake:

  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat sugars, vanilla, and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time until well-combined.
  • Beat in coffee.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • Slowly add flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until well-combined. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl from time to time.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spray an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top.
  • Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Place on a wire trivet with handles.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. Lower the wire trivet with the cake onto the bottom of the pot.
  • Lock the lid into place and point the valve to sealing.
  • Pressure Cook or Manual on high pressure for 30 minutes. Let sit to Naturally Release Pressure for 10 minutes. Use Quick Pressure Release to release the remaining pressure.
  • Serve as is or wait for the cake to cool and top with buttercream.

Chocolate Buttercream (optional):

  • Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the butter on medium speed until creamy for about 2 minutes.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase to high speed and beat for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/4 cup more confectioners’ sugar if the frosting is too thin or another tablespoon of milk if frosting is too thick.
  • Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Beat before using on the cake.
  • Frost the cake, garnish with berries, chill for 1 hour and serve.

Notes

  • Don’t overmix the ingredients! Otherwise, you will activate the gluten and make the cake tough.
  • Leave a little space when you cover with foil because the batter will expand as it cooks.
  • For the coffee, we love using espresso for the best flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1308IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg
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Dorothy Reinhold

I have been a dessert slacker. I use my Instant Pot all the time, but have never tried desserts. This has motivated me!

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Krystle

So rich and chocolaty, I love baking this cake in my Instant Pot.

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This Chocolate Cake looks like dessert perfection!

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katerina @ diethood.com

Oh my, this looks amazing! So moist and fudgy! The perfect dessert!

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Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

This Chocolate Cake looks incredible!! My family will LOVE It!

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Amanda Livesay

Such a delicious cake! I can't believe I can make cake in the IP!

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Beth

This chocolate cake looks amazing and so delicious! I'm so excited to try this recipe in my instant pot now! My family is going to be all over this. Perfect for my two chocolate lovers here!

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