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Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

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You're going to love this easy and delicious homemade chocolate cake made in the air fryer! 
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Table of Contents
  1. Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our delicious air fryer chocolate cake is one of those amazing recipes that you can whip up in a flash the next time you have a chocolate craving. This mound of chocolate delight comes out rich and moist every time!

Chocolate cake is always a winner whether made in an air fryer or in a regular oven. We have an Instant Pot chocolate cake that is to die for and a decadent German chocolate cake. Try out one of our other chocolate cake recipes anytime the mood strikes.

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Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Ingredients

You’ll need:

For the Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 2 cups icing powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FLOUR: You can substitute gluten-free or whole-wheat flour for all-purpose flour if you prefer. Your texture may be slightly different but the cake will still be delicious.

TOPPINGS: You can frost your moist cake with the frosting recipe in this post or choose a different frosting depending on your preference. Add chocolate chips, fresh berries, or other fun toppings on top of your frosting. You could also skip the frosting altogether and dust your cake with powdered sugar.

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How To Make This Air Fryer Chocolate Cake Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 320°F.

STEP TWO: Combine all of the wet and dry ingredients together using a hand mixer on low.

STEP THREE: Pour the cake batter into the oven attachment of the air fryer that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

PRO TIP:

Even if your cake pan is coated, it is still a good idea to spray it with cooking spray before you pour batter into it.

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STEP FOUR: Place pan in the air fryer basket and slide into the air fryer.

STEP FIVE: Set fryer timer to 25 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to check your air fryer manual for time guidelines for your specific model as times and temperatures vary depending on the type of air fryer you have.

STEP SIX: Once the timer rings, use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake to see if it is done. If the cake does not spring back when touched, cook for another 5 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Keep a close eye on the cake. Since the air fryer cooks from the top, you don’t want a burnt top of your cake.

STEP SEVEN: Cool the cake on a cooling rack.

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STEP EIGHT: Once your cake has cooled, ice with frosting.

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For the Frosting

STEP ONE: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat on low speed until well blended.

STEP TWO: Spread frosting onto your cooled cake.

STEP THREE: Slice and serve.

How To Serve

Serve your amazing cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and hot fudge sauce for an indulgent treat. This yummy recipe would also be perfect for a birthday cake or other special occasion.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store this easy recipe covered in saran wrap for up to a week in the refrigerator.

IN THE FREEZER: Store the unfrosted cake in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw and frost right before serving.

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Very little mess and a quick cooking time make this yummy chocolate cake an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. It produces the perfect size cake for a quick treat and gives you plenty of customization options to take your chocolate cake to the next level.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I try baking other types of cake in the air fryer?

While I haven’t tried it, I can imagine that since this air fryer cake recipe turns out so well, you could bake all kinds of air fryer desserts.

Does the air fryer cook the cake better than in the oven?

Air fryers are a great alternative to using the regular oven for many reasons. Air fryer recipes tend to cook faster than in the oven, doesn’t warm up the kitchen the way a regular oven would and the best part is that clean-up is a snap!

Can I freeze this air fryer cake?

This easy dessert can definitely be frozen for up to 2 months unfrosted. It is best to wait to frost until you are ready to serve your cake.

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Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

5 from 7 votes
You’re going to love this easy and delicious homemade chocolate cake made in the air fryer! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the cake

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 2 cups icing powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

For the Cake

  • Preheat your air fryer to 320°F.
  • Mix the cake ingredients with a hand mixer on low speed.
  • Pour the cake batter into the oven attachment of the air fryer that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and slide into air fryer.
  • Set timer to 25 minutes.
  • Once timer rings, insert use toothpick to see if cake is done. If it does not spring back when touched, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Cool cake on a wire rack.
  • Once your cake has cooled, ice with frosting.

For the Frosting

  • Combine frosting ingredients with a mixer on low speed until well blended.
  • Spread frosting over cooled cake.
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

  • Even if your cake pan is coated, it is still a good idea to spray it with cooking spray before you pour batter into it.
  • Make sure to check your air fryer manual for time guidelines for your specific model as times and temperatures vary depending on the type of air fryer you have.
  • Keep a close eye on the cake. Since the air fryer cooks from the top, you don’t want a burnt top of your cake.

Nutrition

Sodium: 898mg | Calcium: 133mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 1879IU | Sugar: 106g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 429mg | Cholesterol: 269mg | Calories: 1278kcal | Trans Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Fat: 77g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 142g | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Barb says

    My air fryer doesn’t have a cake pan, so I used parchment paper…it worked but wasn’t as high as yours…but still good!!!
    Will bee nice this summer to ‘bake’ a cake when it’s hot outside.

  2. Melanie Lim says

    Hi there, thanks for sharing this recipe. Can I confirm The measurements you posted is based of which metric?

  3. Rebecca says

    hi there, do you think I could bake this with my instant pot air fryer lid, and use the trivet and non stick cake pan for the instant pot? or do i have to use the air fryer bowl thing it came with? I have not baked in it yet and wanted to try this recipe 🙂 thank you!

  4. Crystal Inman says

    5 stars
    First of all, love the name of your website! And the recipe for this chocolate cake was fantastic! Thanks for sharing this recipe! We’ve had our air fryer for about 3 months and use it quite a bit!

  5. Debra says

    What is the cake size ? 7 x 7, 8 x 8 ? I have a Go Wise air fryer and a generic cake pan for it. A little confused to what size your “oven attachment ” is, thank you for your
    information. Deb

  6. Chuck says

    5 stars
    Not a review, but a question. I have a small off brand air fryer. Mine didn’t come with all the bells & whistles that other air fryers do. That aside, could I just use a regular 8-in square cake pan in my air fryer?

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