Monday, December 30, 2019

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas!  I'm relaxing and having a slice of this rich cake and a cup of tea from my new poinsettia teacup that my darling daughter gave me, which also has a matching pitcher. 

Isn't the teacup a pretty one?  Red is my favorite color, too!  I'm having some Candy Cane Lane tea today, which goes nicely with the cake.

My son, Mike, who lives with me, has a New Year 's Eve birthday, and I thought I'd try the cake out to see how it tastes.  it was my first time baking a cake.  I like that the 6-cup bundt pan makes for a smaller size cake. 

Yield: Depends on how big you slice

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

This cake is very chocolate-y and dense!


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1  and 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the ganache
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


How to cook Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

  1. In a small bowl combine hot water with cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, and eggs. Add in sour cream, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Whisk until smooth. Stir in flour until fully combined. Add cocoa mixture and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into a 6 cup bundt pan, that has been greased very thoroughly with baking spray.
  5. In the bottom of the Instant Pot add 1 1/2 cups of water. Put the bundt pan on a trivet with handles (and for easier lifting, you can make a sling out of foil if your handles are not long enough) and lower into the pressure cooker.
  6. Secure the lid and turn the valve to "SEALING."
  7. Select "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 32 minutes.
  8. When cook time ends, allow to naturally release for ten minutes, then do a quick release and remove the cake pan from the pressure cooker.
  9. Allow cake to cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate.
  10. For the ganache, add chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream to a glass bowl. Heat for 30 second intervals in microwave stirring between each interval.  Let the ganache set to thicken before spreading on top of the cooled cake. 


Decorate the cake with sprinkles, or even leave off the ganache and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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  1. Happy Birthday Eve to Mike, Kitty! Your cake looks so moist and delicious...I'm drooling looking at the wonderful, rich ganache! Your poinsettia teacup and creamer are so pretty too. Wishing you a wonderful week and of course a Happy New Year too. ♥

  2. It's always fun to try a new recipe, your cake looks good Kitty:@) Happy B-Day to Mike and I wish you a very Happy and Healthy 2020!

  3. Hummm,delicious cake!Happy Birthday to Mike!Gorgeous poinsettia chinas,I do love them!Happy New Year,sweet Kitty!

  4. Your daughter’s gift is lovely. Small desserts are the order of the day around here as well! 😁

  5. Happy Birthday to your son, Mike, tomorrow! I love your teacup and pitcher from your daughter! They are gorgeous and I love red too. The cake looks moist and delicious. I made a chocolate cake as well. Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year, my sweet friend!

  6. Your new poinsettia cup and pitcher is so pretty. I love red too. The cake looks devilish. Happy birthday to your son Mike. Happy New Year Kitty. xoxo

  7. Your new poinsettia teacup and pitcher are so pretty and vibrant.

    Happy Birthday to Mike! My sweet tooth has always been partial to chocolate birthday cakes. I don't have an InstaPot, but I'm always fascinated to see what types of desserts it can produce. Happy New Year, Kitty!

  8. Oh Kitty, I love your poinsettia teacup and matching pitcher. Perfect for enjoying your tea for this New Year week. The cake looks absolutely delicious and I could eat a slice right now with my coffee. I also want to wish your son a very Happy Birthday.......Happy New Year Kitty!

  9. Happy New Year's Eve, Kitty! Your poinsettia teacup and pitcher are so pretty! I don't have an Instant Pot and it's interesting to see what all can be made in it. Happy Birthday to Mike!

  10. Well, Happy Birthday to Mike! It's interesting to see how the Instant Pot works. The cake looks delish, and your new tea cup, pitcher very pretty! Happy New Year, Kitty! Ours will be quiet, unless there's unknown city action (noise) that happens and we are unaware of. :)

  11. Oh, wow! This looks just like a cake I make called Triple Chocolate Picnic Cake! You add the chocolate chips and chocolate pudding to the cake, and then at the end, you make a drizzle to pour over it, just like you did. Happy Birthday to Mike! I hope both of you have a wonderful, happy, healthy 2020!

  12. What a beautiful teacup. Happy Birthday wishes to your son! May you have a very healthy and Happy New Year!

  13. Oh my goodness Kitty, this cake looks delicious and SO decadent!!! :D It's making my mouth water to look at it. My niece got an instant pot for Christmas; I'll have to pass this recipe along to her.

    Happy Birthday to your son, Kitty!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a Happy and Blessed New Year in 2020. Thank you for all your visits, kind comments, and well wishes in 2019, my friend. I'm looking forward to another year of blogging and friendships.

    Love and Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  14. Hi Kitty,

    Forgot to add that I love your new teacup and pitcher. I'm thinking of starting a new teacup collection this year. :D


    Denise at Forest Manor

  15. Kitty, I have missed your tea parties and posts. Your teacup is gorgeous and that cake looks delicious. Do you enjoy your instapot? I'm 98% unpacked and back to blogging. xo

  16. Oh Kitty, I bet Mike loved that gorgeous cake! Isn't it fun baking in the Instant Pot? I knew you'd take to it! Love your new teacup and milk pitcher. I love red, too. And recently bought a dozen red dish towels to replace my well-used tea-stained yellow ones (I'm hoping they'll hide the stains a bit better than the yellow).

  17. Happy Birthday to Mike! What a fun day for your birthday to fall on, everyone is celebrating! I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and have much to learn about using it! Where did you get the small bundt pan, I would love to try this recipe! Your holiday tea cup and pitcher are so pretty, and candy cane tea sounds perfect!

  18. I read your post and had to leave a comment because red is my favorite color too. I had no idea you could make a cake in an instant pot. I suppose I need to get me one. It sounds like they are handy to have around. Your cake looks delicious.
    xx Beca

  19. I love my Instant Pot! I have not made a cake in it yet though. Where did you get a 6-cup bundt pan? The cake sounds soo good! I have used my Instant Pot for so many things, even canning. Sometimes I wonder what I ever did without it! Happy Birthday to Mike, I'm sure he loved his birthday cake! The pointsetta teacup and pitcher are just darling!!! Happy New Year to you :)

  20. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to your son, Kitty! The cake texture looks so good! I keep telling myself I don't need a new appliance so I still have to bake the old fashioned way :)

  21. Another recipe to try in my Instant Pot! Pinned.

  22. Happy New Year Kitty and happy birthday to your son. It's amazing that you can bake the cake in the bundt pan in the IP! I do hope it came out good. I will have to try and make dessert in my IP sometime.

  23. Hi Kitty,
    I love your Christmas tea cup and the instant pot chocolate cake looks fantastic!Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday,465 and hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  24. Congratulations!
    Your post was featured on Full Plate Thursday,466 ! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and sure hope you come back again!
    Miz Helen

  25. This recipe is very good. I made it the first time just like the recipe & cooked for the 32 mins. When I opened the instant pot it looked done on top & I didn't check it for being cooked thru. When I went to dump out of pan & onto a cake plate, I had some cooked cake on outside edge, top & middle was chocolate soup! I could've cried! I made another the next day & cooked it for 50 mins & it turned out beautiful! I live at an elevation of 1000 ft. Not sure if that made the difference in time needed to cook. Just wanted others to know if they have the same issue I had. I didn't cover with foil & baked it in a 6 cup bundt pan.

    1. I'm so sorry that the cake failed the first time!! I can understand why you wanted to cry. I'm glad that you figured out the right time for you. I haven't heard of anybody else having problems. Thank you for sharing.

  26. I was loving my instant pot, bragging to all about it. Making my dogs food was so easy! I put in the food and the water, pressed pressure cook and like magic it was just done when it beeped. Getting used to the pressurization wasn't hard at all. It wasn't really difficult to use.instant pot air fryer

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