You CAN Make Cake in the Air Fryer! Who Knew?!

Air Fryer Cake

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 22 MINUTES

total time: 32 MINUTES

Directions

1

Grease a 7-inch cake pan or springform pan.

2

Use a hand mixer to mix together the cake mix and all the ingredients according to box instructions.

3

Pour about half the mix into the pan. Note: If you have a deeper air fryer cake pan, use more batter if desired. Just note that it may take longer to cook.

4

Bake at 300 degrees for about 22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5

Remove pan from air fryer and let the cake completely cool.

6

Remove the cake from the pan, and frost it with store-bought or homemade frosting. Enjoy!

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woman holding an air fryer cake

Need yet another fun air fryer hack to try at home?! Introducing air fryer cake!

My air fryer is one of my small kitchen appliances that gets used the most in my house, and I’m always willing to try new recipes and hacks to make with it. We were curious if you could actually bake a cake for dessert in the air fryer, and the good news is…. YES, it totally works!

holding a slice of air fryer cake

Air fryer cake is a thing, so I’m showing you how to make a convenient boxed cake mix in the air fryer! The result is a yummy mini single layer cake without even turning on the oven! Who knew?!

cake in a springform pan

What kind of pan do I need to bake a cake in the air fryer?

As far as pans go, you can use any oven-safe pan that will fit properly inside your specific air fryer basket. I have a smaller 7-inch springform pan that I bought to fit my Instant Pot, and used it for my cake.

Check out this cake pan on Amazon that is specifically designed to fit inside air fryers and pressure cookers. This would be deep enough to fit more cake batter than my springform pan.

air fryer cake ingredients

Tips for making the best air fryer cake:

    • I chose to use only half of my cake batter because I didn’t want my cake to overflow in my small-sized 7-inch pan. Cake batter can actually stay good in the fridge when covered for up to a few days, so I plan to store the remaining cake batter and make another mini cake soon!
    • Bake times will vary. My cake was completely done baking at 20 minutes. I started checking at 15 minutes to make sure it wasn’t burning. A toothpick inserted into the middle that comes back clean will let you know the cake is done baking.
    • Do I have to use a boxed cake mix? Nope. I am still new at cooking a cake in the air fryer, so I’ll stick with the inexpensive mixes for a while. I am sure from scratch cake batter will work too.

mixing up cake batter for air fryer

placing cake in air fryer

air fryer cake from a box mix

chocolate frosting in a mixing bowl

chocolate cake

holding chocolate air fryer cake with slice missing


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Air Fryer Cake

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 22 MINUTES

total time: 32 MINUTES

Here's how to make an air fryer cake easily using a store-bought mix. No need to turn on the oven!

Directions

1

Grease a 7-inch cake pan or springform pan.

2

Use a hand mixer to mix together the cake mix and all the ingredients according to box instructions.

3

Pour about half the mix into the pan. Note: If you have a deeper air fryer cake pan, use more batter if desired. Just note that it may take longer to cook.

4

Bake at 300 degrees for about 22 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5

Remove pan from air fryer and let the cake completely cool.

6

Remove the cake from the pan, and frost it with store-bought or homemade frosting. Enjoy!

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air fryer cake with chocolate frosting

Horray for another great air fryer hack that works!

I fall in love with my air fryer more and more each day, and it’s fun to know you can bake cakes in it. I make everything from hardboiled eggs, a complete bacon egg and toast breakfast, juicy air fryer steaks, and even baked potatoes.  There’s no pre-heating involved and it’s truly been one of my best purchases ever.

slice of air fryer cake

Baking a cake in the air fryer may be a great option for hot days that you don’t want to turn on the oven, or perhaps you’re in a small kitchen without an oven such as an RV. This is easy enough I think my teens could pull it off by themselves too.

For me, I just think it’s fun to try air fryer recipes in general!

air fryer chocolate cake slice with frosting

Check out what my teammate Jenna had to say after trying this idea in her air fryer:

“Oh wow, I make a lot of things in my air fryer, but I have never thought of cake! Of course, this worked out beautifully! I grabbed a box of German Chocolate cake and a canister of premade vanilla frosting and this was such a fun & easy dessert. Another reason to not use my oven!

This could even work with Lina’s Cake Pop recipe to just bake the cake in the air fryer, then follow the steps for perfect cake pops! “


Check out this easy coconut sour cream cake your family will LOVE!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 18

  1. Evie

    That is innovative! Maybe I will try. My Air Fryer just sits and collects dust!

    • Dkp91576

      Really?! I haven’t turned my oven in months (since the house just over heats or the smoke detector goes off lol) and use my air fryer for everything. Reheating food, chicken wings, toast, hot chocolate, cajun shrimp. It doesn’t smoke since the lid is closed tight and everything cooks super fast. Def recommend dusting that off!

    • Emily

      Same! My airfryer is such a pain to clean, so I don’t use it very often! Maybe having the cake pan buffer instead of just dumping things into the fryer will would make my life easier! 😛

      • Dkp91576

        Aluminum foil wrap it all, and you never have to clean the air fryer.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Haha yes! They also do make paper liners for air fryer.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Really? Ha thanks Evie! I use it daily even to just reheat stuff ha!

  2. Casey

    I have an air fryer accessories kit with a cake pan in it. I need to finally get it out.

    • Rebecca

      Same!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ya that’s convenient!!

  3. Karen B

    Excited to try this! My air fryer is smallish but I could fit a mini bread pan in it for a quick 2-serving cake. However because it is small it is a snap to clean. I love it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice!! Yay! Enjoy 😉

  4. Queenie81

    I have been making nearly everything in my air fryer. You can also make cheesecakes. I love everything that comes out of it. At first, I had to play around with different recipes and cooking times but it is literally one pan (usually) to wash. I thought everyone knew about cakes, lol. Enjoy ladies. Air fryers are great!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ohh a cheesecake would be fun to try! Thanks for sharing 👏

  5. June michael

    I need to know how
    Long to cook things like chicken and pork chops. I’m never sure. My book doesn’t really help me

    • Jenn

      Look at Pinterest or one of the many groups on Facebook or Reddit. We do both of those plus pretty much everything else imaginable!

  6. Jenn

    I made a peach crisp in the air fryer and it was amazing! I have a silicone pan that worked great. For everyday use, we bought aluminum take-out containers from Amazon (gave the paper lids to my son’s daycare to use) or parchment air fryer sheets to make clean-up a breeze. We use ours daily!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing! Peach crisp sounds amazing Jenn. 🙌

  7. Crystal

    Yay! Cannot wait to try. This is perfect for a onceinawhile treat. And so much better than a larger cake which usually ends up thrown away.

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