Make this Air Fryer Cake Recipe and you will be rewarded with a lovely soft and fluffy sponge cake. Grab your bowl and ingredients and let me show you how to bake a cake in your air fryer!
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I am currently having a bit of a love affair with my Air Fryer. I do think my slow cooker is a bit jealous 😉 I have been using the Air Fryer to make quick lunches and even roast dinners and now I am fully into air fryer baking!
So if you are about to type “air fryer cake uk” in your search engine you have come to the right place… I have also included cup measurements for those who prefer them.
Can you bake cake in an air fryer?
Ok, truth time. I was a little dubious about baking cake in my air fryer but I am absolutely THRILLED with the results!
So much so that baked a lemon cake and a vanilla cake on the same day and both came out soft and light with just the perfect crumb. I think you too will be wowed with how versatile your air fryer is. It can take you from breakfast pancakes, to roast dinner to dessert… and more!
Air Fryer Cake From Scratch
You can use a boxed cake mix but I am a firm believer that homemade is always best. And trust me when I say this air fryer cake recipe is just as easy and quick to prepare.
Here’s what you will need
- Self-raising flour (also known as self-rising) or plain flour plus baking powder
- Sugar – ideally caster sugar (a.k.a superfine sugar)
- Softened unsalted butter or margarine (such as Stork)
- Medium eggs in the UK (please note you need to use large eggs in the US)
- Semi skimmed milk
- Vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder
You will need a cake pan that fits comfortably inside your air fryer. I have the Cosori 5.8Qt and an Instant Vortex, both of which can fit an 8 inch cake pan. If you own a smaller air fryer you may need to use a 6 or 7 inch cake pan – HOWEVER if you do the timing will have to be tweaked.
This recipe makes a proper sized cake that easily serves 12. It can be sliced in half and filled with your choice of buttercream or frosting. But it is so moist and delicious that it tastes amazing simply dusted with a little icing sugar.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER CAKE
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
STEP 1: Preheat the Air Fryer at 160°C (320°F) while you prepare the batter. Mist an 8 inch deep cake pan with cake release and line the bottom with parchment paper. (Please check the recipe card notes if using a smaller cake pan).
STEP 2: Use digital scales to measure the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir to combine.
STEP 3: Add the butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat together using an electric hand mixer or your stand mixer, using a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Mix until the batter is smooth, about a minute.
STEP 4: Place the prepareed cake pan into the air fryer basket. Pour the cake batter into the pan and level. Bake for 30 minutes at 160°C (320°F). Lower the temperature to 150°C (300°F) and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.
STEP 5: Check whether the cake is baked through – insert a skewer or toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If the skewer comes out wet or with moist crumbs continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
STEP 6: Take the cake out of the air fryer using oven mitts. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then invert onto a cooling wire rack. Slice the cake in half using a cake if you wish to add buttercream frosting to make a layer cake.
What temperature is best for baking a cake in Air fryer?
My air fryer comes with a bake setting which is set to 150°C (300°F) for 30 minutes. I think that would be sufficient for a smaller cake but for this recipe you will need to cook for longer.
The “Bake Setting” is simply a temperature indicator. I usually use the air fryer setting and simply adjust the temperature and cooking time manually.
Air fryer baking times and even temperatures can vary with each brand. It is best to bake on a lower heat setting to allow the cake to rise evenly and avoid burning on top.
Check the cake is baked by visually checking (is the cake springy to the touch, does it pass the toothpick test?). If the cake is still a bit raw in the middle then continue to cook, adding a few minutes until it is done.
Another way to check is to use an instant read thermometer. Insert the probe in the middle of the cake (not touching the bottom of the pan) and check it measures around 209°F (98°C).
Take a look at my Air Fryer Chocolate cake – I covered the cake tin with aluminium foil in this instance which created an even rise.
Can I use regular cake pan in Airfryer?
You don’t need to buy a special cake pan for air fryer baking. Any cake pan that fits comfortably in the air fryer basket can be used, including metal, glass, ceramic or silicone.
I have recently converted to baking my air fryer cakes in a silicone cake pan as I have discovered the cake rises more evenly.
Tips for perfect Air Fryer Cake
- Use room temperature ingredients. You can soften butter by blasting in the microwave on the DEFROST setting for a few seconds. If your eggs are cold, submerge them in warm water for a few minutes.
- Don’t overfill the cake pan – about half full is right. The cake pan I used is 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep. If you use a smaller cake pan then the baking times indicated below may not work.
- You might need to level the cake if you want to layer it.
- I have provided a buttercream recipe in the card below if you wanted to fill your cake as I have done, Victoria Sponge style.
- Store in an airtight container for up to five days, without the frosting. It stays lovely and soft for ages!
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Air Fryer Sponge Cake
For the Cake
- 260 g (2 cups) self raising flour
- 250 g ( 1 ¼ cup) caster sugar
- 3 medium eggs
- 115 g (½ cup) softened unsalted butter or margarine
- 120 ml (½ cup) semi skimmed milk, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 57 g (1/4 cup) softened unsalted butter
- 240 g (2 cups) icing sugar
- 3 tbsp full fat cream cheese
- 2 tbsp double cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Filling & Decoration
- strawberry or raspberry jam (seedless)
- fresh berries or other seasonal fruit
- mini meringues , optional
- Icing sugar to dust
- Preheat the Air Fryer at 160°C (320°F) while you prepare the batter. Mist an 8 inch deep cake pan with cake release and line the bottom with baking paper.
- Measure the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Stir to combine.
- Add the butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat together using an electric hand mixer or your stand mixer, using a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Mix until the batter is smooth, about a minute.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared cake pan and level. Place the pan into your airfryer and cook for 30 minutes at 160°C (320°F). Lower the temperature to 150°C (300°F) and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Check for doneness – insert a skewer or toothpick in the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If the skewer comes out wet or with moist crumbs continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Take the cake out of the air fryer using oven mitts. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then invert onto a cooling rack.
- Put all the ingredients for the frosting in a bowl and beat together until the frosting is light and fluffy and holds peaks.
- Slice the cake in half and level if needed (use a cake leveller ideally). Pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the bottom layer. Fill the middle with jam. Top with more frosting and level. Sandwich with the top layer.
- Spread a little of the frosting over the top of the cake and decorate with fresh berries. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
- If your are using plain flour (all purpose flour) add 2 1/2 tsp baking powder in with the flour and sugar.
- Use room temperature ingredients. You can soften butter by blasting in the microwave on the DEFROST setting for a few seconds. If your eggs are cold then submerge them in warm water for a few minutes.
- Don’t overfill the cake pan – about half full is right. The cake pan I used is 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep. If your airfryer is small you might need to split the batter between two 6 or 7 inch pans and bake for 25 minutes at 150°C (300°F). Note that air fryers can vary in their cooking and baking temperatures.