Air Fryer Chocolate Cake. How to make cake in air fryer with my simple air fryer cake recipe. Easy to follow along at home, incredibly moist and perfect for mix and matching with your favourite cake flavours or add ins. Also includes a yummy chocolate buttercream filling.
We originally shared our air fryer cake recipe back in early 2017 on our 14th wedding anniversary. Here is the updated version with even more air fryer cake ideas and tips and tricks.
Air Fryer Chocolate Cake
Back in 2009 and two years before we bought our first air fryer, we made our son Kyle a chocolate cake for his birthday. He has a nut allergy and a shop bought cake in Portugal is absolutely unthinkable. Every cake they make is made with praline or Nutella.
He was going to be 8 years old and he loved his mums baking so I offered to make him a yummy chocolate cake. It would be loaded with Cadbury’s Buttons as they are his favourite chocolate that is free of nut traces.
Well I got the cake batter together and Dominic loaded it into the oven.
Fast forward to getting it out of the oven and it was burnt. Edible in the middle but the tops and sides were certainly passed the point of a moist chocolate cake.
Kyle still complains about it now.
But it was one of those cheap ovens where the temperature doesn’t work very well, and you are always trying to balance the shelves and get the food cooked properly.
Two years later in the summer of 2011 we made Kyle a birthday cake again for his 10th birthday. This time it would be cooked in the Philips Air Fryer and it was perfectly cooked and no worries of overcooking.
Since then we have always made cake in the air fryer and today, I wanted to share with you the simplicity of it.
For a bit of fun we are going to be making an air fryer cake for Kyle’s 19th birthday and then seeing how it compares with the air fryer we have today which is the Philips Air Fryer XL.
Can You Bake A Cake In An Air Fryer?
Absolutely. I love cooking cakes in the air fryer. They are moist, you don’t have to worry about them burning and they are easy to remove from the air fryer cake pans.
You can also mix and match your cake flavours in the air fryer. Today we are showing you how to bake a chocolate cake in the air fryer, but you could make a carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake, strawberry cake, or orange cake.
Air Fryer Cake
There are a few things to consider before you make an air fryer cake:
Air Fryer Cake Pan – You will need some sort of air fryer cake pan that will fit in your air fryer. We often have different air fryers and different air fryer sizes, so you need to find something that fits in your air fryer. I recommend you see what you have in your kitchen first, then you can see what size you need to be. For example, you might need a 7 inch cake pan or a 8 inch cake pan. You might also need two of them if you want a double layer cake. We usually fill two cake pans and then take it in turns to cook one after another.
Air Fryer Cake From Scratch – Baking a cake from scratch in my opinion, is incredibly easy in an air fryer. You don’t have to worry about your oven being too hot and because of the way the air circulates in the air fryer means that it makes a moist air fryer cake.
Air Fryer Box Cake – Earlier this week we showed you how to cook an air fryer box cake. If you prefer to use a box cake mix, then you can. It is totally about personal preference. Though note a box cake mix is never going to match up to the real thing.
Air Fryer Cake Baking Times – The most important thing to learn about air fryer cake baking times is that you need to go in low. The air fryer cooks from the top as the air circulates and you can end up with a burnt top and an uncooked centre.
Grease Your Cake Pans – Just because you are air frying doesn’t mean you should skip the greasing of your cake pans. I watch with pride as my three year old expertly greases the cake pans. He had watched me and his chef dad for so long now and as they say, the mind is a sponge. He will spray with extra virgin olive oil, then shake a little flour over the cake pan to stop it from sticking until it looks like this:
How To Make A Cake In An Air Fryer?
The quick version of air fryer cake goes as follows:
- Mix cake batter in a bowl.
- Grease cake pans.
- Load cake batter into cake pans.
- Air fry and allow to cool.
- Make your chocolate buttercream filling.
- Add buttercream and eat.
There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!
Air Fryer Cake With Buttercream Filling
I have this bored moment when it comes to making an air fryer cake. I have made the cake batter fast, I have cooked the air fryer cake and then its that time when I am waiting for the cake to cool so that I can photograph it and eat it.
I choose this time to make my air fryer air fryer buttercream filling.
This can be mix and matched with your favourite buttercream filling and you can go with strawberry, banana, custard, vanilla, oreo, or in our example today a chocolate buttercream.
- Butter and icing are mixed with a hand blender until beautifully creamy.
- Then cream, vanilla, maple syrup (or honey) and coco powder are mixed in.
- Fridge it for an hour while you wait for your cake to be cool enough to fill.
I then stop myself from eating the whole bowl! Though when I was decorating the cake, I noticed the kids were missing and I found them later with spoons licking out my bowl.
Air Fryer Cake Baking Times
I recommend a cook time of 26 minutes for cake in the air fryer:
- 10 minutes at 180c/360f
- 16 minutes at 160c/320f
It ensures that the cake is cooked in the middle and not burnt on top.
However, if you do a preheat you will find that the cake will rise a lot more and you will end up with a much bigger cake.
We didn’t do a preheat, but the second layer of the cake went in after the first one came out. This gave the cake ahead start and if you look at the slice below you will see one layer of the cake is much bigger than the other:
Also, if you would like to follow our air fryer cake series this week, then here are the other cakes we have featured:
Air Fryer Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
- In a bowl add butter and sugar and using your hand mixer, mix the butter into the sugar.
- Crack eggs into the bowl, add vanilla essence, add extra virgin olive oil, and mix again with your hand mixer.
- Once it is creamy add in cocoa powder, flour and milk and mix with a wooden spoon. Don’t use a hand mixer as it will over mix it.
- You want a creamy, but not too thick cake batter. If it is too thick adjust with a little more skimmed milk or water.
- Add a little olive oil spray to your cake pans and then pat with flour to create floured cake pans.
- Add your cake batter evenly among two cake pans. Pat down with the side of a wooden spoon.
- Cook one cake pan at a time in the air fryer. Start with 10 minutes at 180c/360f, followed by a further 16 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Allow your cake to cool and while it cools make your chocolate buttercream. Using your hand mixer mix the icing sugar into the butter. Add in other ingredients and carry on mixing until you have a creamy buttercream. Fridge while your cakes cool.
- Remove the buttercream from the fridge. Slice the top off your cake so that it is easy for two cakes to be sandwiched together. Add a layer of chocolate buttercream and then sandwich the cakes together. Add another top layer of buttercream and add it around the sides as you wish. Fridge for an hour before serving, otherwise the cake will be too difficult to cut.
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