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Instant Pot Layer Cake

Making a layer cake in your instant pot is simple! All you need is a box of your favorite cake mix and your creativity.

Instant Pot Layer Cake

When I decided to bake a cake in my instant pot, I was hesitant.  I mean, a cake?  A layer cake?  In my instant pot? 


Well, like the brownies..I was pleasantly surprised!  

This layer cake starts with a cake mix and tastes amazing.  It was also really simple to make. 

Supplies Needed: 2- 6 inch round cake pans ( see recipe card) +  your favorite way to grease them.  You will also need foil to cover pans.  Lastly, an electric mixer + mixing bowl and of course, measuring cups + spoons.

Instant Pot Layer Cake slice

Ingredients Needed:

  • Dry cake mix
  • Milk ( will replace water, as called for on the box)
  • Eggs (normally, a cake mix will call for 3, you will need 4) 
  • Vanilla
  • Plain Greek yogurt ( will replace oil, as called for on the box)
  • Frosting

Cake Mix:  Any flavor will work.  Just stick with a “standard” size package. 

Plain Greek Yogurt:  If you don’t have any on hand, sour cream can be used instead. 

Frosting:  I used a full container of packaged chocolate frosting. Plus, about one fourth of a second container to frost the whole cake and add a bit of piping.

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How to Make an Instant Pot Layer Cake:

  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into your instant pot and place the steam rack  into the pan. Be sure the handles are up, making removal easier.
  • Then, make your batter and spread it evenly into 2 greased 6 inch baking pan.  Cover both with foil and stack them on top of the rack.
  • Cover the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. When the time is up, do a natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the pans from the pot and let them cool for about 5 minutes.  Then, remove the foil and cool completely before frosting. 

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Yield: 8 slices

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Instant Pot Layer Cake-Making a layer cake in your instant pot is simple! All you need is a box of your favorite cake mix and your creativity.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 1 standard size box- dry cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • milk to replace the water as called for on the box
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • plain Greek yogurt to replace the oil as called for on the box


  1. Grease 2- 6 inch round pans.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the bottom of the instant pot and place steam rack into the bottom of the pot.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together dry cake mix, eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla until fully combined.
  4. Spread batter evenly between the two pans. Cover both with foil and place on steam rack, by stacking them on top of each other.
  5. Cover instant pot with lid and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. When time has ended, do a natural release for 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove the pan and let it cool for 5 minutes. Remove foil and let cake cool completely before frosting.


  • Cake is done when toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Adapted from pip & ebby

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 9g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate

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