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Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake

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Today we're making an Instant Pot apple spice cake. It's a simple recipe using a boxed cake mix that turns out beautifully and tasty!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Featured image showing the finished instant pot apple spice cake ready to eat.

Today we’re making an Instant Pot apple spice cake. It’s a simple recipe using a boxed cake mix that turns out beautifully and tasty every time!

Making cakes is really easy when you embrace the cake mix lifestyle as well as I have. Another thing that makes baking super easy is the Instant Pot!

This tasty and simple Instant Pot apple spice cake will be your new favorite. It’s a good one to make for the holidays but it tastes great year round. Once you give it a try you’ll be making pressure cooker apple spice cakes for every occasion.

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It might not be your first thought for what to put into an electric pressure cooker but it should be! The process is so simple and quick, plus everything comes out moist and extra delicious.

Try out this easy method for making a delicious (and gorgeous) layered apple spice cake with your Instant Pot or other programmable pressure cooker.

What will I need to make this Instant Pot apple spice cake recipe?

I’m going to break this down into three sections for you. You’ll need ingredients for the cake, the icing, and the toppings! It’s all really easy to grab and nothing fancy but we’ll keep them separate in case you decide to use store bought frosting and you want to skip those ingredients / process bits!

For the cake you will need a boxed spice cake mix, water, canola oil, and eggs. You’ll also need a springform pan and an 8 inch round cake board for this process!

The icing is delicious and I totally recommend it, to make it from scratch you’ll need unsalted sweet cream butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, heavy whipping cream, and a large piping bag with a star tip!

To top off the cake and make it extra indulgent and beautiful you will need canned apple pie filling and bottled caramel sauce!

Featured image showing the finished instant pot apple spice cake ready to eat.

How to make the spice cake in the pressure cooker:

Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, canola oil, water and eggs until combined and smooth.

Spray the springform pan with pam baking spray.

Pour half of the batter into the pan, filling it to about 3/4 half way full.

Place your trivet inside the instant pot.

Cover the top of the springform pan with a paper towel and foil.

Place the springform pan into the instant pot and close the lid,

making sure the vent is sealed.

Cook on manual/ high pressure for 30 minutes.

Do a natural release for 15 minutes.

Remove the cake and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

Place cake onto the cake board.

Using a cake leveler, cut the dome off and slice the cake in half.

A look at a perfect slice of the finished instant pot apple spice cake.

How to make homemade cinnamon frosting:

Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients for the frosting together until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks.

Scoop 1 up of frosting into the piping bag and set aside!

A side view of a slice of the finished cake ready to eat.

How to assemble and decorate this gorgeous spice cake recipe:

Remove the apples from the apple pie filling and chop into bite size pieces placed into a bowl with about 3 tbsp of the filling jam.

Using the bottom layer of the cake, scoop1 C of frosting onto the layer and smooth evenly.

Place the second layer on top.

Using the remaining frosting, frost the entire cake.

Using the piping bag, pipe dollops along the edge of the cake.

Scoop the apple pie filling into the center of the top of the cake.

Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake.

Enjoy!

A close up of the finished apple spice cake made in the pressure cooker ready to be enjoyed.

Kitchen essentials for making an Instant Pot apple spice cake:

If you are trying to pick out some of the best supplies to stock your kitchen for cake mix recipes and baking in general, these are some of our favorites and must have items.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

For this recipe you’ll also need an Instant Pot or a similar programmable pressure cooker. Times and testing have been done with an Instant Pot but many of them are very similar these days, I’m sure you could use a different brand with equally delicious results!

A top down look at a slice of the finished cake on a plate with the full cake in the background.

Do you want to make more cake mix recipes?

If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesred velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, and even cream soda cake mix cupcakes!

Printable Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake Recipe:

Featured image showing the finished instant pot apple spice cake ready to eat.

Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake

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Today we're making an Instant Pot apple spice cake. It's a simple recipe using a boxed cake mix that turns out beautifully and tasty!
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Servings: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • 1 Box spice cake mix
  • 1 C water
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large piping bag with star tip
  • For the Toppings:
  • 1 8 oz can of apple pie filling
  • 1 bottle of salted caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake mix, canola oil, water and eggs until combined and smooth.
  • Spray the springform pan with pam baking spray.
  • Pour half of the batter into the pan, filling it to about 3/4 half way full.
  • Place your trivet inside the instant pot.
  • Cover the top of the springform pan with a paper towel and foil.
  • Place the springform pan into the instant pot and close the lid,
    making sure the vent is sealed.
  • Cook on manual/ high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Do a natural release for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cake and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  • Place cake onto the cake board.
  • Using a cake leveler, cut the dome off and slice the cake in half.
  • For the icing, Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks.
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag and set aside.
  • To build the cake Remove the apples from the apple pie filling and chop into bite size pieces placed into a bowl with about 3 tbsp of the filling jam.
  • Using the bottom layer of the cake, scoop1 C of frosting onto the layer and smooth evenly.
  • Place the second layer on top.
  • Using the remaining frosting, frost the entire cake.
  • Using the piping bag, pipe dollops along the edge of the cake.
  • Scoop the apple pie filling into the center of the top of the cake.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce over the cake.
  • Enjoy!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g

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