Chocolate Cake in the Instant Pot®


Serve plain or decorate with chocolate sprinkles and fruit.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add sugar and butter to the pot; stir until butter melts, about 5 minutes. Add milk and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth and starting to bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove pot and let chocolate mixture cool, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Pour 1/2 cup chocolate mixture into a small bowl. Reserve for drizzling over the cake.

  3. Whisk eggs, one at a time, into the remaining chocolate mixture in the pot. Add flour and baking soda; mix thoroughly.

  4. Return pot to the cooker. Close and lock lid. Select Cake function according to manufacturer's instructions. Set timer for 30 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Switch to Warm function after timer goes off. Set timer for 30 minutes.

  6. Unlock and remove lid; lift out pot. Run a knife around the sides of the pot to release cake. Place a serving plate on top. Invert cake onto the serving plate.

  7. Poke holes in the cake with a toothpick or sharp knife. Drizzle reserved chocolate mixture slowly over the cake, letting it absorb the chocolate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
27g Fat
65g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 285mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 8g
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 179mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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