Yes, indeed friends! You can bake a cake in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot.

Today I am sharing exactly how to bake a cake in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot. It’s perfect for all my BBQ sides and desserts this summer. I know a lot of campers love it too because of its nice portable size.  It is easy to tuck away and not take up a lot of space.

How to bake a Cake in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

I would say at this point I am a master at cakes in the Instant Pot

Just ask my waistline 🙂

How to make a cake in the Instant Pot

I love using a simple box cake most of the time. Duncan Hines is my all-time favorite and you can trust me when I tell you I have used many of them. The Devil’s food is hard to beat. One cake mix will make TWO mini cakes in the 3 Qt. each being a serving of 4-6 people easily unless you are a teenage boy and decide to eat the whole cake. Yes, that did just happen in our house.

Angel Food Cake

This mini Angel food cake I tried out in the oven, and this cake fell victim to our son. In a blink of an eye, it was all gone. The next cake I baked I actually hid out in the garage refrigerator where we keep our beverages. I figured it would be safe for at least a day.

Double Layer Devil Dog Cake Instant pot Bundt cake

This cake I call my double layer devil dog cake. I made two cakes,  stacked them on top of one another, and added a layer of cool whip. OMG… It was amazing. Now that I have had a few pieces I will let my son know about it. He can finish it off 🙂

Strawberry Cake With Hershey syrup and Fresh Strawberries

You can get very creative when baking cakes in the Instant Pot. Your cakes can look like a  gourmet bakery with a little creativity and thought in mind. This is a strawberry cake mix I made. I drizzled some Hershey syrup and added fresh strawberries around it. Yes, it was as good as it looked.

Let’s Get Cookin!

These Flower Cakes are Super Easy!

You will need a cake mix of choice, non-stick cooking spray (I love coconut spray when baking cakes) the flower pan, and about 22 minutes of your time. Of course, if you are getting a little more creative grab some chocolate chips, fresh fruit, nuts, etc. Make it your own. You can also use this pan in the oven, 5, 6, and 8Qt. Instant pot and yes even the air fryer!

  When using the Mini Flower Bundlette pan just be sure you have sprayed the inner liner evenly. The release is perfection and the pan is non-stick cast aluminum.

Mini bundt cake pan for Ninja Foodi and Instant Pot

Mix your box cake accordingly. Spray pan evenly. Using half the cake mix fill pan all the way to the top, but always leave some room for the cake to rise! You can use the left-over of the cake mix for some cake bites.

Add 2 cups of water to the pot, place cake on the trivet, and set the cooker to Pressure cooker/Manual 22-25 minutes. *(I DO NOT cover my cakes with foil or a paper towel)*. I find I don’t need to. If you have excess moisture on the cake after baked simply blot with a paper towel.  Quick-release and remove the pan from the pot and set to cool for at least 15 minutes. Cover the pan with a plate and flip over to release.

With the remaining batter, you can make another cake and stack it, or if you would like you can make mini cake pops in an egg bite mold. I have done that as well and they are fun and tasty. 

Check out all our recipes using egg bite molds HERE

How to bake a cake in the Instant Pot/Pressure cooker

YOU can find all my recipes made to date using the 3 cup mini bundt pan HERE

How to bake a Cake in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

Devil Dog cake in the 3 Qt. and up Pressure Cooker

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  • 1 16 oz. Chocolate cake mix ( I used 8 oz.) for the mini pan You can make two cakes from this recipe if using a 3 cup bundt pan.
  • eggs The amount per what the box calls for
  • oil The amount per what the box calls for


  • Mix cake according to box directions. Prepare you bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • REMEMBER: The entire box will not fit in a 3 cup bundt pan. If you are using a 6 cup bundt pan the entire mix will fit but leave room for the cake to rise. Otherwise, please only add half the cake mix batter to the mini pan, again leaving enough room for the cake to rise.
  • Mix cake according to box directions. Fill pan accordingly after you have prepped with non-stick baking/cooking spray. Add a cup and half of water to the pressure cooker.
  • If you have a trivet rack with handles this will be useful to place the cake on the trivet rack and lower down in pot. Otherwise please make a home made foil sling to lower your pan in. THE pan should not be placed in the water but set on top of a rack.
  • Set Pressure Cooker to HIGH 25 minutes, and then do a quick-release when finished. PLEASE always check your bake goods before removing from pan. You can always add more time if need be. I have found certain elevation levels effect bake time. You can then go on to make another cake, and stack them us shown with cool whip in the center. ENJOY! 
    P.S. I do not recommend baking two cakes at one time. They will not be even, and cook time will vary as one on top will be ready and the bottom one will not be. 

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4 thoughts on “How to bake a Cake in the 3 Qt. Mini Instant Pot

  1. Jennifer says:

    I filled the cake pan to the top per instructions (I was worried about that but figured I’d follow directions). It definitely blew up and puffed up over the pan:( I made this fort mom’s birthday so im kind of disappointed. I’m going to try with the rest of the batter and we’ll see if it comes out better.3 stars

  2. Chef Eric says:

    I offer my sincere apologies. One should always leave 1/4 – 1/2 inch room for a cake to rise as it cooks. This is an older recipe from a creator who no longer works with us. We will update the recipe with the correct instructions. Thank you for bringing this to our attention Jennifer. I hope your second attempt came out better. Hope your mom had a great birthday.

  3. Kim Ferland says:

    The recipe says to do a natural release, but in your description you said to do a quick release. Please advise which is correct.

  4. Nicole says:

    I’ve edited the recipe to say “quick-release”. Thank you for bringing that discrepancy to my attention.

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