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Instant Pot Holiday Recipes for Desserts, Appetizers, and Meals Instant Pot Holiday Recipes for Desserts, Appetizers, and Meals


Instant Pot Holiday Recipes for Desserts, Appetizers, and Meals

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipped up a delightful Instant Pot cake today. Mixed flour, sugar, butter, and a dash of love. The aroma filled the house, and the taste? Pure bliss. Can't wait to share it!

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This instant pot recipe is my go-to for holiday cooking. Imagine a cake so fluffy, it might just float right off the plate! Trust me, once you witness the magic of making desserts in an instant pot, you'll wonder how you ever did without it. This time-saving trick gives me more moments with loved ones during the holidays, and that's the best gift of all! Ready to give it a whirl? Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Holiday Recipes

  • All-purpose flour: Essential for structure and texture in baking, providing the base for the cake's crumbly yet tender consistency.
  • Baking powder: Acts as a leavening agent, helping the cake rise and become light and fluffy during the cooking process.
  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the cake, balancing out the flavors and enhancing the overall taste of the dessert.
  • Butter: Provides richness and moisture to the cake, contributing to its tender and buttery flavor profile.
  • Eggs: Bind the ingredients together, adding structure and stability to the cake while also contributing to its moisture.
  • Vanilla extract: Enhances the flavor of the cake with its aromatic and sweet notes, adding depth and complexity to the dessert.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and richness to the cake batter, ensuring a soft and tender texture in the final baked dessert.

Essential Tools for Making Instant Pot Recipes for Holiday Desserts, Appetizers, and Meals

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the cake quickly and efficiently.
  • Cake Pan: Needed to hold the cake batter and fit inside the Instant Pot for cooking.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of milk


  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture and mix well.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with milk.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan.
  6. Place the cake pan on the trivet in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water in the pot.
  7. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  8. Allow natural pressure release before removing the cake from the Instant Pot.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 320 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 5 g | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 80 mg | Sodium: 250 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 25 g | Calcium: 80 mg | Potassium: 120 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 0 mg

Tips for Preparing Instant Pot Holiday Recipes in Advance

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the cake batter as instructed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Once the cake has cooled completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Did you know that adding a pinch of nutmeg to the batter can enhance the flavor of this instant pot cake recipe? It adds a warm, aromatic note that pairs beautifully with the vanilla and butter in the cake. Give it a try next time you whip up this dessert!

Common Questions About Instant Pot Recipes for Holiday Desserts, Appetizers, and Meals

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but the texture and taste of the cake may be slightly different.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
Yes, you can use margarine instead of butter, but it may also alter the taste of the cake slightly.
Can I use almond milk instead of regular milk?
Yes, almond milk can be used as a substitute for regular milk in this recipe.
How can I check if the cake is done cooking in the Instant Pot?
You can use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
Can I add chocolate chips or nuts to the cake batter?
Yes, you can add chocolate chips, nuts, or any other mix-ins to the cake batter for added flavor and texture.

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