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Homemade Apple Cake - Instant Pot, Oven

Jyoti Behrani
This delicious Homemade Apple Cake is so moist and juicy. Made with fresh sweet-tart apples, and spiced with some warm spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy this fall favorite made from scratch in no time.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE CAKE

    FOR APPLES

    • 3 granny smith apples, (about 2 1/2 cups)
    • 1/2 cup WALNUTS or PECANS, chopped (optional)
    • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

    FOR CAKE BATTER

    • 1 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1/2 tsp GROUND CINNAMON
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoon orange juice/apple cider

    FOR DUSTING THE PAN

    • cooking spray/oil
    • 1 tablespoon flour

    FOR INSTANT POT COOKING

    • 1 cups water

    Instructions
     

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLE CAKE

    • You will need Cake pan
      Grease the cake pan with some cooking spray, and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.

    FOR APPLES

    • Peel, core, and dice apples.
    • In a bowl, toss apples, walnuts (optional), brown sugar, and cinnamon and set aside.

    FOR THE CAKE BATTER

    • In a large bowl, whisk oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in orange juice, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated, no large lumps.
      Note: The consistency of apple cake batter is dense and thick, unlike the regular cake batter.
    • Spoon half the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Using back of the spoon, smooth out the batter. Next, layer half of the apple mixture evenly on top of the batter.
    • Repeat the process. Spoon the remaining cake batter on top of the apple mixture. Using back of the spoon, gently smooth out the batter. Finish with the remaining apple mixture on top of the batter.

    INSTANT POT APPLE CAKE

    • You will need INSTANT POT 
      Cover the pan with a piece of paper towel, and than cover the entire pan with foil.
      Note: It is important to cover the whole pan, this helps prevent any excess moisture in the cake.
    • Add 1 cup of water in the inner pot. Place a trivet, gently place the cake pan onto the trivet.
    • Close the lid, vent sealed. Set MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high) for 60 minutes. Allow natural pressure release, around 10 minutes.
    • Carefully remove the cake from IP and remove the foil, and paper towel. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring the cake onto a serving plate.
    • Enjoy a slice of warm, apple cake with some vanilla ice cream!!

    OVEN APPLE CAKE

    • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
    • Place the cake pan in the center of the oven.
    • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring the cake onto a serving plate.
    • Enjoy a slice of warm, apple cake with some vanilla ice cream!!

    Notes

    Please refer to the post for the following:
    1. PRO TIPS FOR DELICIOUS APPLE CAKE
    2. FAQ ABOUT APPLE CAKE
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