Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake

There’s nothing better than meals that practically make themselves. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience! Imagine being able to make an entire dessert with minimal effort.

The Instant Pot® is revolutionary and since it serves as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté pan, all in one, the possibilities are endless! Check out the following amazing recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake excerpted from the Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook for a delicious and easy dessert!

Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Cake


Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray
1½ cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¹/8 teaspoon ground cloves
¹/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup (1 stick, or 120 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup (184 g) canned pure pumpkin
¼ cup (85 g) unsulfured molasses


1 cup (100 g) confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons whole milk, plus more
if necessary
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 lemon

Pumpkin Spice Cake

YIELD: 8 servings

PREP TIME: 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 50 minutes

1. Insert the steam rack into the Instant Pot. Add 1½ cups (350 ml) water. Coat a 7-inch (18 cm) angel food cake pan with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder,  baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

3. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Beat in the  pumpkin and the molasses. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.

4. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Using another piece of foil, make a “sling” measuring about 3 x 20 inches (7.5 x 51 cm).  Use it to lower the pan into the pot.

5. Lock the lid. Press [Manual] and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Use the “Quick Release” method to vent the steam, then open the lid. Transfer the pan to a wire cooling rack, remove the foil, and let cool for 20 minutes before unmolding. Let cool completely.

6. Just before serving, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and pourable (adding more milk, a few drops at a time, if necessary). Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake and let drizzle down the sides. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemon zest in strips. Thinly slice the strips crosswise and sprinkle over the cake.

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