The Best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Hi there friends! Hold on to your hat, because it’s about to be blown away with the best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake recipe you can make. We say that with confidence because we know it is just that good.

So good, and so confident that I went on Facebook live HERE to make it live!

Ok, maybe it was the wine that made me so confident in this recipe:) Not really, this is no-fail chocolate cake recipe in the Instant Pot that I know you too will have success. I even had some friends on live with me making it in their own kitchens and they later sent me photos of how great it was.

Instant Pot Chocolate cake with ganache

Although this recipe calls for a simple box mix, there are a few other key ingredients you will need to doctor it up. We are all about the Doctoring up of basic things.

How to make a cake in the Instant Pot

You will need a Bundt pan HERE. Our Bundt pan also serves as a Springform pan too. It’s versatile and you can use it to make may recipes such as Lasagna, Taco Pie, Big Mac Attack, Meatloaf, and More.

You can also use the 3 cup Flower pan HERE, however, only half a cake mix at a time. You would get TWO cakes from one mix. We love the flower pan for mixes such as Martha White, Betty Crocker, Jiffy and more.

Next you will need a Chocolate cake mix, preferably by Duncan Hine with pudding in the mix. Those are our favorite. It is OK if you do can’t get that exact mix, just be sure to get Chocolate. You will also need, sour cream. eggs, oil, and chocolate chips.

Instant Pot bundt cake

Once your batter is all mixed and you add it to your pan, you will see it is a bit thicker than a usual cake mix. That is because of the sour cream, and omitting one egg from what the box calls for. Many times we are asked if a whole cake mix fits in this pan. YES, YES, YES it does. We always recommend hand mixing cakes prior to pressure cooker method, in lieu of an electric mixer. We think this makes a difference and perhaps poses an issue with an entire box fitting in that pan.

Dark Chocolate cake made in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot cakes, rise beautifully and cook evenly as well. They are moist, smooth, velvety and delicious.

How to make the best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

This recipe was tweaked and altered from a recipe my Mom has been making for years. For all those years, we truly thought it was a homemade chocolate cake recipe that no one would ever get the secret recipe to. Finally one year, she laughed hysterically and handed me the recipe. “I said, WHAT? this is the recipe”?

ENJOY friends.

The Best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

The best Instant Pot chocolate cake recipe

The Best Instant Pot Chocolate Cake recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Instant Pot
  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 15.5 oz Duncan Hines Cake mix with pudding in the mix preferably
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup water for the INSTANT POT when ready to cook
  • Coconut oil or butter spray
  • Cool whip for topping optional You may melt an extra 1/2 cup morsels at the end to spread on top to make a genache.
  • 2 eggs


  • First prepare your bundt pan by lightly coating the bottom and sides with coconut oil, or butter spray.
  • Add dry cake mix to to a mixing bowl. First add, chocolate chips, mix, eggs, mix, water, mix, oil, mix, sour cream, mix. Mix until there is no dry batter to be seen.
  • The cake batter will be a little thicker than usual. Add to prepared pan, evenly.
  • I recommend placing a piece of tin foil under the pan. Place pan on a trivet or sling rack. Add one cup of water to the pot. Lower pan and set to High Pressure for 30 minutes. Quick release when finished, remove and set to cool before inverting onto a plate./


FOR OTHER CAKES: You can make any cake according to the same exact ingredients that box calls for. We recommend a hand mix using Spurtles HERE instead of using an electric mixer. We typically cut off about 5 minutes of cook time whatever the box calls for when using a bundt pan.

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