Instant Pot chocolate bundt cake speaks volumes to me. It is super easy. Super chocolatey. Super moist and fudgie. What more could you ask for? Oh, yes. It’s made in a bundt pan which makes it super cute!
This is a great easy chocolate cake recipe for your Instant Pot collection.
Baking In The Instant Pot
I absolutely adore my Instant Pot. It cooks so many different foods quickly and with added flavor. After making many desserts and main dishes, baking in the Instant Pot was a natural progression for me.
Baking in the pressure cooker is not quick like other foods cooked in it are. Baking takes usually the same amount of time as in an oven.
So why bake in the Instant Pot at all?
For one thing, it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. What a boost for a hot summer day.
The other reason is moisture. Pressure cookers bake with steam so the cake will not dry out. This cake is very fluffy and tender when baked in the pressure cooker.
Plus this was an adventure to bake in the Instant Pot!
Searching For The Best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake Recipe
When I first tried my Instant Pot Banana Bread, the wheels started turning. What other delicious sweet goodies could be made by this wonderful little pressure cooker?
Cake, of course. Not just any cake. I wanted a snack cake. A chocolate snack cake.
A cake that uses cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate.
One that didn’t require any frosting.
Only needed one bowl to mix it up. I didn’t want any extra dishes to wash.
A cake that could be whipped up at a moments notice.
That didn’t need any weird ingredients. A cake recipe where I had all the ingredients in my pantry.
Depression Cake Is The Answer
Depression cake was my answer. The perfect chocolate cake that met all my requirements.
I began researching cakes that only used 1 ½ cups of flour because I knew this cake batter had to be small to fit inside my 6 cup bundt pan.
I stumbled on this recipe for Depression Cake. From what I could gather, it originated during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. No additional information such as who created the original recipe could be found.
I love the simplicity of this chocolate cake recipe. I am sure it came out of necessity because this cake doesn’t have an eggs, milk or butter. Ingredients I am assuming were either scarce or very expensive during the Great Depression.
This simple chocolate cake is also known as Wacky Cake or Crazy Cake. I am guessing due to the fact that it doesn’t require any eggs for the cake to rise. You know, that’s just wacky a cake that can rise without any eggs.
But this Instant Pot chocolate bundt cake recipe turns out beautiful and tastes even better.
Just a dusting of powdered sugar is all this chocolate cake needs to dress it up!
Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Instant Pot (I use the 6 quart Duo)
- 6 cup bundt pan
- foil sling or OXO sling
- foil (to cover top of bundt pan)
- trivet if not using the OXO sling
It is a sling and trivet all in one. I can place my bundt pan or springform pan on it. Attach the handles. Lower the whole thing into my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo. It doesn’t get hot, so removing it from the pot is so much easier.
Not sure what Instant Pot accessories you need? Check out this post on my favorite pans for the Instant Pot.
I highly recommend that you grab one the next time you are in Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond. It replaces the aluminum foil sling. No more water dripping from the foil sling. Yes!
Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup water
- Using cooking spray, grease a 6 cup bundt pan.
- Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Add oil, vinegar and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Using a spoon, mix well.
- Add water to the combined ingredients. Stir till batter is smooth.
- Pour cake batter into greased 6 cup bundt pan.
- Cover top of bundt pan with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place bundt pan onto Oxo sling or use trivet with aluminum foil sling. To make foil sling, take a long piece of foil and fold into thirds, lengthwise. Then take foil sling and place bundt pan on top of it. First, place trivet in inner pot of Instant Pot. Then you can lower bundt pan with the foil sling. The foil sling will act as handles to assist with removing the bundt pan out of the pressure cooker.
- Place trivet in inner pot if not using OXO sling.
- Pour 1 ½ cups of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Lower bundt pan into Instant Pot.
- Lock lid onto Instant Pot. Set valve to sealing.
- Press the manual or pressure cook button then set for 30 minutes at high pressure.
- Once the timer is completed, release the steam using a quick release. When all the steam has been released and the float valve has completely dropped, remove lid. Take bundt pan out. Remove foil cover. Test the cake using a tooth pick to make sure it is done.The toothpoick should come out clean. If necessary, cake can be placed back in the pressure cooker for an additional 5 minutes.
- Put bundt pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then release cake from pan onto cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Add a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired onto cooled cake.