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Instant Pot Chocolate Cake on white cake stand with red towel.

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Instant Pot Chocolate cake! This one-bowl chocolate cake is made completely in the Instant Pot. It's moist, fluffy, decadent, and an easy Instant Pot recipe for beginners. Top with your favorite frosting and dig in!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Natural Release Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Line a 6-inch cake pan with parchment paper and pour in the batter. Gently tap out the pan a few times to remove any air pockets. Lightly cover the pan with foil.
  • Prepare the Instant Pot by pouring in 2 cups of water and placing down the trivet. Place the prepared cake pan on top of the trivet and close the lid to the Instant Pot. Make sure the knob on top of the lid is set to "SEALING". Press the "PRESSURE COOK" or "MANUAL" button and set to "High" for 40 minutes. The instant pot will take approximately 10 minutes to build pressure before cooking.
  • Once the 40 minutes have finished, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release its pressure, which should take 30 minutes. Do not open the lid until the metal valve drops, which means the IP is no longer pressurized. Use oven mitts to lift the trivet and cake pan out. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding frosting.


  • This recipe was made using an Instant Pot, but a regular pressure cooker may work as well.
  • This cake can be made in the oven at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. However, keep in mind it will not be as moist as if made in the Instant Pot.
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