Amazing Instant Pot Apple Cake with Rum Sauce

You won’t find a cake that’s more heavenly! This Instant Pot Apple Cake holds all of the wonderful flavors and nostalgia of a well-loved family recipe.

You won’t find an Instant Pot Apple Cake that’s more heavenly: All the wonderful flavors & nostalgia of a well-loved family recipe with Instant Pot ease! My friends, Craig and Amy Good, of Olsburg, KS shared this recipe with me and it was Craig’s Mother’s recipe…definitely a keeper.   #familyrecipes #instantpotcake #instantpot #apple #rumsauce

You won’t find a cake that’s more heavenly! This Instant Pot Apple Cake holds all of the wonderful flavors and nostalgia of a well-loved family recipe.

Instant Pot Apple Cake with Rum Sauce

Nostalgia meets modern in this amazing Instant Pot recipe. It always surprises me how many people don’t realize that you can make CAKE in an Instant Pot! But here we are. This Instant Pot Apple Cake comes out moist and perfectly flavored with apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Because it’s wonderfully rich, your guests will be completely satisfied with a small portion made decadent with a good shot of whipped topping.

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Why would you make Apple Cake in the Instant Pot?

First of all, the way the Instant Pot/Electric Pressure cooks is by trapping steam inside the pot, which in turn pumps your cakes full of moisture and enhances all of those wonderful flavors. But the Instant Pot is also convenient when you are using the oven for something else! For example, when I’m making a sheet pan dinner I can easily whip up this apple cake in the Instant Pot at the same time. I don’t have to take turns or combine dishes in the oven.

You won’t find a cake that’s more heavenly! This Instant Pot Apple Cake holds all of the wonderful flavors and nostalgia of a well-loved family recipe.

Tips for Making Super-Moist Cakes in the Instant Pot

Size Matters:

The size of your Instant Pot will determine the size of the pan you need. A 6-quart Instant Pot (or any 6 quart electric pressure cooker) will need a  6 cup bundt or tube pan, which will likely look really small to you.  Don’t worry!  Any cake made in the Instant Pot is super moist (due to being “baked” with steam) and your guests will be thrilled with small wedge since it’s so rich and decadent.

Sling It:

I highly recommend getting a Silicone Pressure Cooker Bakeware Sling for whenever you are using a pan inside your Instant Pot. Taking a hot pan out of the pot is slick and easy with this sucker, and it holds the baking dish off of the bottom so the steam can circulate to “bake” your cake.

Silicone Bakeware Sling for an Electric Pressure Cooker

No Sling, No Problem:

If you don’t have a silicone sling, don’t worry! Before I got one, I just created a sling out of heavy duty aluminum foil. Take a long piece of foil and fold it a few times to make a 3-inch wide strip. Set your cake pan on top of the foil sling right in the center. Wrap the foil sling over the top of your cake pan and lower gently into your pressure cooker pot. IT WILL NEED TO SIT ON TOP OF YOUR TRIVET! (Remember? Circulating steam!) Gently fold the “handles” of your sling over your baking dish so it doesn’t interfere with gasket or lid. When your cake is done, simply unfold your “handle” and gently pull your cake out! No burned fingers required.

DIY Foil Sling for the Instant Pot. Easy Peasy!

Printable Directions for Making Instant Pot Apple Cake with Rum Sauce

Instant Pot Apple Cake with Rum Sauce

You won’t find a cake that’s more heavenly. Because it’s wonderfully rich, your guests will be completely satisfied with a small portion made decadent with a good shot of whipped topping.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Approx. Time Needed for Instant Pot to Pressurize:: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 595kcal
Author: Chef Alli


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup English walnuts, coarsely chopped

Make the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. rum


Make the Cake

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar with the butter; when this mixture is nice and fluffy, beat in the egg; stir in the apples.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients; add this mixture, along with the walnuts, to the butter mixture.
  • Spread the prepared batter into a well-greased 6-cup (7-inch) bundt pan; cover pan tightly with foil. Place 1 cup water into the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot (or any 6-quart electric pressure cooker); add a trivet to the bottom of the pot. Using a foil or silicone sling, lower the covered bundt pan into the pot, placing it on top of the trivet.
  • Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; set the timer for 30 minutes on the High Pressure setting, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure. When the timer sounds, perform a natural release for 10 minutes, then a quick release if any pressure remains in the Instant Pot. Remove the Instant Pot lid, then using the sling, gently lift the bundt pan from the pot.
  • Place the cake onto a cooling rack., still in the pan. Let the cake cool completely, keeping it covered with the foil as it cools.
  • When the cake has totally cooled, use a butter knife to loosen it from all sides, then place a platter over the top of the bundt pan; flip the platter and the cake over in one quick movement, then lift the bundt pan up off the cake.
  • To serve, slice the cake, placing each slice onto a dessert plate; drizzle with the warm rum sauce, then top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Make the Sauce

  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by placing all the ingredients, except the rum, into a small saucepan over low heat; simmer for 25-30 minutes or until nicely thickened. Remove sauce from heat and stir in the rum.


**Please note:  the cooking time stated for this recipe does not include the time required to bring the Instant Pot up to pressure since this can vary. This recipe was made using a 6-quart Instant Pot. 
This recipe came to me by way of my good friends, Craig and Amy Good, Good Farms, and was Craig’s Mother’s recipe. To bake the cake in a conventional oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spread the prepared batter into a greased 9” baking dish; bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. Serve cake with the warm rum sauce as directed above.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, instant pot, pound cake


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

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Chef Alli


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

Blog Comments

Can this cake be cooked in a non-bundt style pan? I don’t have one that fits the IP but would really like to take a cake in my IP and our family loves apple cakes.

Hi Noela –
I think you will find the investment in a 6-cup (7″) bundt pan a good investment if your family loves moist, decadent cakes. As it turns out, the hold in the center of the bundt pan really helps ensure that the cake get completely done at the center. I was using a regular 6-cup cake pan at first for my IP cakes and kept having trouble with them right at the very center, no matter how long I cooked them in the IP. Once I switched over to the bundt pan, I no longer had this trouble and I was thrilled. Let me know how it works out for you! Chef Alli P.S. We ADORE this apple cake!

Thank you. I may look into getting a bundt pan. I have not yet made any cakes other that cheesecake, in my IP. But apple cakes are a long family tradition.

I followed the Recipe exactly. Did not cook throughly. Getting ready to put in oven?

Hi Linda – I’m so sorry that this cake didn’t turn out for you. I’ve made it several times for my family, so I’m wondering what I’m doing differently than what my recipe states! I will review the recipe once more and see if I can figure it out – I’ll make the cake again to be sure I’m not crazy!
Chef Alli
P.S. Just out of curiosity, did you wait to cut the cake until it was totally cooled? Also, were you using High Pressure on your Instant Pot? I’d be glad if you could let me know.

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