Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe tastes like a fudgy, molten cake, especially when topped with decadent homemade chocolate ganache. Easy, delicious, and perfectly moist every time!

Love easy Instant Pot desserts? Be sure to add our Instant Pot cheesecake and Instant Pot Peach Cobbler to your baking list next.

Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake with sprinkles


Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake

News alert: Rich, moist hot fudge cake can now be made in your pressure cooker.

Yes, you heard me right! Your Instant Pot isn’t just for mongolian chickenInstant Pot Pot roast and Instant Pot Pork chops. It’s also for easy desserts!

Today’s decadent chocolate cake recipe is made in a small (half size) bundt cake pan. I topped it with an easy chocolate ganache and sprinkles—of course!

Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • This is the best dessert when you want a sweet treat after dinner, without having to eat leftovers the rest of the week. The smaller portion is perfect for a weeknight!
  • Because it’s made in the Instant Pot, it doesn’t take up space in your oven. That means you can have Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken in the oven, while dessert bakes up on the countertop.
  • The steam in the Instant Pot means this cake is supremely moist and tender. It’s seriously the best!
  • Homemade chocolate ganache is the perfect finishing touch, adding just the right amount of richness and decadence.

Important Ingredient Notes

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Either Dutch process or natural cocoa powder will work here. Just don’t use hot cocoa mix, which is sweetened!
  • Eggs – It’s not critical, but if you can remember, let the eggs sit on the counter a bit before you start the recipe. Room temperature eggs hold more air when beaten, so you’ll get a lighter texture in your cake.
  • Plain Greek yogurt – Along with the steam from the Instant Pot, yogurt helps form a tender, moist crumb. Sour cream also works.
  • Vegetable oil – Or another neutral-flavored oil you have on hand, like canola.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – You’ll need some mini chips for the cake and regular size chips for the ganache.
  • Heavy whipping cream – Don’t try to substitute something lighter—it won’t work for making the ganache!

How to Make Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake

Mix the Batter:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the hot water with the cocoa powder.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, and eggs. 
  • Whisk in the Greek yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the flour until fully combined, then add the cocoa mixture and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.

Prepare:

  • Pour the batter into a greased 6-cup bundt pan and cover it with foil.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. 
  • Set the bundt pan on a trivet with handles and lower it into the pressure cooker.

Bake the Bundt Cake:

  • Secure the lid and turn the valve to “SEALING.”
  • Select “HIGH PRESSURE” for a cook time of 32 minutes.
  • When the cook time ends, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release and remove the cake pan from the pressure cooker.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate.

Finish:

  • Add the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream to a glass bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each. 
  • Once the ganache is smooth when stirred, pour it over the Instant Pot bundt cake and add sprinkles. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Store this chocolate cake covered in a cake server or with loose plastic wrap at room temperature.
  • This cake will stay fresh for about 3-4 days.
  • To freeze this cake, after cooling and allowing ganache to set up, wrap the cake in plastic wrap, then wrap it again in a layer of foil. Store in freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight on the counter and enjoy.
  • Make sure you have a bundt pan that fits in your Instant Pot before starting this recipe. I found that a small 6-cup pan was perfect for mine.

Recipe FAQs

What is the cake setting on Instant Pot?

You should always consult the recipe you’re making, but most Instant Pot cake recipes use the High Pressure setting. 

Can you put a cake pan in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can put a cake pan in your Instant Pot! You can buy the “official” Instant Pot round cake pan, which is designed specifically for using in Instant Pots, or you can simply use any pan that fits inside your pressure cooker.

Why bake in the Instant Pot?

Using an Instant Pot frees up space in your oven and it also results in moist, delicious desserts. I also love it for Instant Pot Apple Crisp, Instant Pot Blueberry Cobbler, and Instant Pot Eggnog Cheesecake!

More Instant Pot Desserts

Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake

4.80 from 34 votes
By: Aimee
Instant Pot Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe tastes like a fudgy, molten cake when topped with homemade chocolate ganache. Easy and delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

For the cake

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the ganache

  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl combine hot water with cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, and eggs. Add in plain Greek yogurt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  • 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.
  • Pour batter into a 6 cup bundt pan (that has been greased with baking spray). Cover with foil.
  • In the bottom of the Instant Pot add 1 1/2 cups of water. Put the bundt pan on a trivet with handles and lower into the pressure cooker.
  • Secure the lid and turn the valve to "SEALING."
  • Select "HIGH PRESSURE" for a cook time of 32 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Allow cake to cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate.
  • 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. My ganache took 90 seconds.
  • When smooth, pour over cake and add sprinkles. ENJOY.

Notes

  • Keep this chocolate cake covered in a cake server or with loose plastic wrap at room temperature.
  • This cake will stay fresh for about 3-4 days, or you can freeze chocolate cake.
  • To freeze, after cooling and allowing ganache to set up, wrap cake in plastic wrap, then wrap completely in foil. Store in freezer for up to one month.
  • Thaw overnight on counter and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 489kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 383mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 44g
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
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Posted on November 17, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. 1 box of cake mix fits inside this 6cup bunt you suggest?? What other pans hold a box of cake mix? I tried a box of mix and I had to make 2 separate cakes and they turned out horrible in the spring pan I found at Walmart that was small enough to fit in my pot! Pls tell me more suggestions you have for pans-I’ll click and buy off amazon!! Thx

  2. So disappointed. First time on this recipe and first dessert attempt in the Instant Pot. Followed the recipe exactly, but got a bunt cake that looks like a hot mess. A rubbery edge on one side, barely starting to cook, and the rest, soupy pudding. Not to mention the slimy mess in the pot from what seems to have boiled over. Used the correct size pan and seal was good. Popped in the oven hoping to salvage it tomorrow’s birthday cookout.

  3. I ordered the sling and I already have four six-cup Bundt pans, so I must try this. I’m assuming that it’s a rather tight fit between the edge of the cake pan and the edge of the liner. I have a six quart and an eight quart, so this could be bad…very bad.

  4. I made this bundt as a midnight snack er…more like a 2am snack while binging Forensic Files… But all I can say is WOW! Personally I am not a huge chocolate or cake fan, my boyfriend is, and even I loved it! It was so good even without the glaze. He Brough the rest to his machine shop the next day and it was gone within a matter of minutes, the guys were raving about it! HIGHLY recommend!

    I followed the recipe to a T other than adding a touch more vanilla and covering with foil. The instantpot brand bundt pan has been phenomenal, I use it probably once a week either in the oven or in the instantpot and the bundt slide out perfect every time!

  5. Used this recipe for my maiden voyage in instant pot baking (Duo Evo Plus). Lesson learned, water seeped in from the bottom and top (used instant pot’s spring form pan). Which made the cake very dense, flavorless and rubbery (in a skin on the top of pudding kind of way). I never met a cake I couldn’t eat until now. Totally not blaming this recipe, I didn’t use the called for pan. Did I do something wrong? For sure I’ll be covering the top and bottom from here on out but really not sold on the baking feature at this time. Any tips would be much appreciated as I’d hate to waste foil if there is just something dumb I’ve done or not done!

    1. I have used this recipe twice now and it is incredible, I would definitely give it another go! Each time I have covered the top with aluminum foil to prevent condensation from getting in. The instant pot brand bundt is amazing, I highly recommend spending the $12. It is great for oven and IP.

  6. Can you clarify if I need to cover the cake batter with aluminum foil when cooking in the IP or leave it uncovered? As another person commented, all the recipes I have seen tell you to cover the pan.

    1. I left this cake uncovered the first time…turned out perfect. Covered it for second try, still good. So either way works 🙂

  7. Do you not cover the cake with aluminum foil before cooking in the instant pot? Most of the instant pot bundt cake recipes I read online instruct you to cover the pan before cooking.

  8. Made it today for the first time, the top was done but when I flipped it over the insides were raw. What a huge mess, I threw it away and was very disappointed to say the least.
    HELP WHAT DID I DO WRONG???

    1. I would double check to make sure that you used HIGH PRESSURe, that the sealing ring inside was in place correctly, and that the valve on top was pushed down and set to SEALING.

  9. I found the bottom a bit gummy so I think I prefer oven cakes. If anyone has a solution I would appreciate it.
    Thanks

  10. I just discovered that the small bundt pan I bought years ago and rarely used, is 6 cups. Can’t wait to try this cake!

  11. I made this cake and it had liquid around the edges of the cake inside the pan. I drained it off. I think it was condensation. I let cool for 5 min and then inverted on cake plate. Cake only partially came out of pan. Was sprayed very well. Not sure what happened. 

  12. I’m enjoying the recipes! They are also wonderful and creative sheet the easy ones coming for those of us who are learning and barely have time to study the short recipes

    Thank you for Vicki Compton he took my hand and led me through the beginning

  13. Well, this is my first visit to your blog! Your blog provided us valuable information. You have done a marvelous job.

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