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air fryer chocolate cake
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Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time41 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 12
Calories: 742kcal


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Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

Chocolate Buttercream Ingredients:


  • In a bowl add butter and sugar and using your hand mixer, mix the butter into the sugar.
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  • Crack eggs into the bowl, add vanilla essence, add extra virgin olive oil, and mix again with your hand mixer.
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  • 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.
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  • You want a creamy, but not too thick cake batter. If it is too thick adjust with a little more skimmed milk or water.
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  • Add a little olive oil spray to your cake pans and then pat with flour to create floured cake pans.
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  • Add your cake batter evenly among two cake pans. Pat down with the side of a wooden spoon.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Skimmed. It is important that you add fat free/skimmed milk rather than full fat. It is thinner and thick milk will stop the cake from being moist.
Cheat. You can cheat and use shop bought box cake and follow our air fryer box cake recipe.
Portions. My hubby loves his cake and slices big cake slices. If you are doing a kid’s birthday party, you could easily get 16 portions out of this cake.
Secret. My recommended secret ingredient when making air fryer cakes is to add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. It keeps the cake light and moist and you will be amazed by the difference it makes to your cakes.
Quality. It does make a big difference in air fryer cakes if you use quality ingredients. I recommend a healthy cocoa powder and to avoid the cheap supermarket brands of flour.
Quantities. The buttercream filling makes enough for middle, top and sides. If you just want buttercream for the filling, then reduce the quantities by 60%.
Thanks for reading our air fryer cake recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though, our personal recommendation if you have a sweet tooth would be our air fryer chocolate chip cookies or our air fryer apple pie.


Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg
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