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Air Fryer Box Cake. Chocolate and vanilla box cakes put to the test in the air fryer. Find out how to bake a cake in the air fryer using a box cake mix. Along with how to make your box cake taste better.
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Air Fryer Box Cake
I am not a box cake kind of person. I love to bake and find baking so relaxing. I never buy shop bought pastry or shop bought bread and always make my own.
So when one of my readers asked me to test air fryer box cakes for her, I was intrigued by how they would turn out, especially in the air fryer when it is much harder to bake a cake compared to the oven.
After getting over the ridiculous price for them and the fact that Betty Crocker expects you to pay extra for the fudge sauce, I was ready to give it a go.
Can I Make A Cake In An Air Fryer?
But first, I am sure you want to know if you can make a cake in an air fryer? Yes you can and if you get the cake cook time and temperature right, then your air fryer cake will be spot on.
But an air fryer cooks from a different angle compared to an oven, therefore note that you will need to cook your cake at a lower temperature.
Air Fryer Cake Pan
To achieve an air fryer cake, you will need to purchase an air fryer cake pan. There are many different ones to choose from.
But the most important thing to consider is that the cake pan you use will fit in the air fryer.
Or even better, go with a spring form pan as then it is easier to release your cake from the cake pan after cooking.
Air Fryer Box Cake Mix
I did what most people did with a box cake mix. I followed the instructions to the letter and then felt depressed when my box cake tasted so disgusting that I wanted to throw it in the bin.
It was crumbly, it was dry and only edible with loads of custard poured over it. Though Sofia is always sold on strawberry custard. After all, these little ones always eat with their eyes!
That was of course, attempt 1 with both a vanilla version and a chocolate one. I was determined to do a better job next time.
Air Fryer Box Cake Round #2
I bought the ingredients again for an air fryer box cake recipe. This time I was going to use my baking knowledge to transform a box cake and make some box cake improvements.
As well as the box cake I also added in:
- Eggs – Many box cakes call for two eggs, I added three.
- Butter – The box cakes call for a small amount of butter, I added extra.
- Coconut Milk – To make the box cake creamy, I added in some coconut milk. It gave it a wonderful creamy texture and some from the can will work great.
This is EXACTLY what I added for vanilla cake in the air fryer. Then I adjusted it for chocolate cake.
With the chocolate box cake, I used extra virgin olive oil and milk instead of butter and coconut milk.
I found that the air fryer box cake mixes were much better when you added in ingredients to make them taste better. But neither will ever be as good as a homemade cake.
How To Bake A Cake In Air Fryer?
The quick version of baking a cake in air fryer goes as follows:
- Load box cake mix into a mixing bowl.
- Add in extra ingredients.
- Mix with a hand mixer.
- Air fry + eat!
There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!
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Air Fryer Cake Baking Times
I have experimented with a few different air fryer cake baking times and have found what works is 20 minutes.
It also needs a lower temperature because of the way the air circulates in the air fryer compared to the oven.
It then stops your cake from being overcooked in some places and raw in others.
Then for chocolate cake I found it was the same cook time as vanilla cake but required a mix in air fryer temperatures.
Air Fryer Box Cake
Air Fryer Box Cake Ingredients:
- 1 Box Cake Mix vanilla or chocolate
- Add your box cake mix into a bowl and load in your other ingredients.
- Using a hand mixer, thoroughly mix your ingredients until you have a cake batter. Watch for kids stealing the batter!
- Load your cake batter into a floured cake pan.
- Air fry for 20 minutes at 150c/300f. Or if making chocolate cake adjust and cook for the last 5 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Allow to cool and serve. Add icing to the top if that’s your thing.
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