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Instant Pot Applesauce Cake


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Recipe Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
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Instant Pot Applesauce Cake is a moist and delicious cake that is perfect for Fall! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this cake comes together quickly and easily in your Instant Pot.

If you are a fan of Instant Pot apple recipes, then you are going to love this cake! Made with applesauce, cinnamon, and a few other simple ingredients, this cake is moist, flavorful, and perfect for Fall.

a slice of Instant Pot Applesauce Cake on a white plate topped with caramel sauce with an instant pot and more cake on a plate in the background

Instant Pot Applesauce Cake

Apples are full of antioxidants and fiber, which makes them a healthy choice for a snack or dessert. If you are looking for a sweet and healthy treat, then this cake is for you!

Why I Love This Recipe

This Instant Pot cake is a moist and delicious cake, and it’s a great choice if you are looking for a sweet and healthy treat.

  • Easy to make
  • Always a hit at parties
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Looks beautiful on a plate

If you love Instant Pot cake recipes give this Instant Pot Caramel Apple Bundt Cake recipe a try.

a slice of Instant Pot Applesauce Cake on a white plate topped with caramel sauce with an instant pot and more cake on a plate in the background

Ingredients

You will need a few ingredients to make this delicious cake, but you should have most of these ingredients on hand in your pantry already.

  • unsalted butter, softened
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • milk
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • halved pecans
  • brown sugar
  • Caramel sauce for topping, optional
  • water

Substitutions

Butter: You can substitute the butter for margarine if you prefer. I would not recommend using oil in this recipe as it will make the cake too greasy.

Brown sugar: You can use white sugar in this recipe if you don’t have brown sugar on hand. The cake will be a little less moist with the white sugar, but it will still taste great.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this delicious pressure cooker cake recipe. 

How to Make Instant Pot Applesauce Cake

This cake recipe is easy to follow and it comes together quickly in your Instant Pot. Follow the simple steps below and you will have a delicious cake in no time at all.

Step 1: Cream together the wet ingredients

Cream together butter and sugar. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix well.

Mix the wet ingredients together in a white bowl.

Step 2: Mix together the dry ingredients

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and blend together until well incorporated.

the dry ingredients being mixed with the wet ingredients

Step 3: Prepare the springform pan

Spray a 7-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray and then pour batter into the pan.

Applesauce Cake mixture in a pan next to an instant pot and a blue and white cloth

Step 4: Top the cake batter with brown sugar and pecans

Mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and pecans and spread this over the top of the batter in the springform pan.

Applesauce Cake mixture in a pan topped with pecan nuts next to an instant pot and a blue and white cloth

Step 5: Cover the springform pan with foil

Top applesauce cake with aluminum foil and place the springform pan on an Instant Pot trivet.

pan covered in foil next to an instant pot and blue cloth

Step 6: Add water to the pressure cooker

Add water to the pressure cooker and then place the springform pan into the pressure cooker on top of the trivet.

Step 7: Pressure cook the cake

Close the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing and then set it to a manual pressure cooking time of 60 minutes and then allow for a natural pressure release before removing the lid. 

Step 8: Remove the cake from the Instant Pot

Once the pressure has been released, carefully remove the lid and then use a towel to remove any excess water from the top of the cake.

Step 9: Let the cake cool before serving

Remove the cake from the springform pan and place it on a cooling rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with caramel sauce if desired.

a slice of Instant Pot Applesauce Cake on a white plate with an instant pot and more cake on a plate next to it

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you want to add a little extra flavor to this cake, give these suggestions a try for switching things up.

Raisins: Mix one cup of raisins into the batter before cooking.

Chocolate chips: Stir in one cup of chocolate chips to the batter before cooking for a chocolatey twist on this cake.

Nuts: Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the batter before cooking, or sprinkle them on top of the cake after it has cooled.

a slice of Instant Pot Applesauce Cake on a white plate topped with caramel sauce with an instant pot and more cake on a plate in the background

Tips

Want to make sure your cake turns out perfectly every time? Use these tips to get the best results.

  • If you don’t have a springform pan, you can use a regular cake pan.
  • You can use a silicone sling or a foil sling to help you remove the pan from the Instant Pot.
  • The cake will be very moist, so it is best to let it cool completely before slicing and serving.
  • Be careful to not overmix the batter or the cake will be tough.
  • If you want a more traditional applesauce cake flavor, you can omit the spices and just use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Instant Pot Applesauce Cake recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

The cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze this cake?

This cake can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Can I bake this cake in the oven instead?

Yes, you can bake this cake in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

a slice of Instant Pot Applesauce Cake on a white plate topped with caramel sauce with an instant pot and more cake on a plate in the background

More Instant Pot Dessert Recipes

If you like desserts, give these recipes a try:

Instant Pot Applesauce Cake Recipe

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Instant Pot Applesauce Cake

Corinne Schmitt
Instant Pot Applesauce Cake is a moist and delicious cake perfect for Fall!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 348 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • hand mixer or stand mixer
  • 7 inch springform pan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Trivet
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup halved pecans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Caramel sauce for topping optional
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Cream together butter and sugar. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and then add in to the wet ingredients and blend together until well incorporated.
  • Spray a 7-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray and then pour batter into the pan.
  • Mix together 2 tablespoons brown sugar and pecans and spread this over the top of the batter in the springform pan.
  • Top applesauce cake with aluminum foil and place the springform pan on Instant Pot trivet.
  • Add water to the pressure cooker and then place the springform pan into the pressure cooker on top of the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing and then set to a manual pressure cooking time of 60 minutes and then allow for a natural pressure release before removing the lid.
  • Remove the cake from the springform pan and place it on a cooling rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with caramel sauce if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 362IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
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