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How do you Cook a Cake in an Air Fryer?
It is no surprise that you can use your air fryer for several different dishes. But I can never get over the fact that it can also be used to bake a cake. Surprised? Well, so was I when I first heard it, but now I can’t bake my cake any other way.
If you didn’t know before, Air fryers are medium-sized cooking appliances that act as a mini convection oven. It has a heating coil at the top or bottom part of the unit, which heats up, and with the help of a fan, the heated air helps cook the food evenly. As a result, air fryers are a healthier alternative to baking a cake and bake faster than in a traditional oven.
How to Bake an Air Fryer Cake
- Air Fryer is the essential equipment in this recipe. However, any model of air fryer will do.
- Cake pan that fits in your air fryer. Just measure the inside of your air fryer basket and use a cake pan smaller than that.
- Timer, to help you time the time of cooking in the air fryer
- Kitchen thermometer, this is to check when the cake is made.
- Cake mixer, for mixing the batter
- I recommend you use your favorite homemade cake batter, but you can always make do with a store-bought cake mix.
- Cake Strips are optional, but it helps keep the cake level when in bakes instead of doming in the middle.
- Vegetable oil, anyone you usually use will do.
- Chocolate crumbles
The first step in making an air fryer cake is making the cake batter. Whether using your favorite cake recipe or a cake mix, you will need to follow the instructions on the back of the box. I prefer to add a little vegetable oil, egg, chocolate crumbles, and water in my mix for that extra sweetness. Next, mix the batter thoroughly, so the added ingredients are evenly distributed.
When the batter is ready, next is to prepare your cake pan. I use the cake pan that came in my air fryer accessory kit. But any cake pan that will fit inside the basket should work just fine.
Prep the pan by adding shortening all around on the inside. Add some flour around, allowing the flour to coat the shortening, then tap the pan to set correctly. Also, as an extra precaution (I don’t find it necessary), if you don’t want the cake to stick to the bottom, you can put a round piece of parchment paper on the bottom of your pan. After that, you need to fill up the pan a little over halfway, complete with cake batter. If you decide to use a cake strip, soak it in water, wring it out, and then place it around your pan. They help to prevent the cake from doming and cracking in the middle. A trick to having excess leftover batter is making a small cake if you have a smaller-sized pan or, my personal favorite, making as many as I can cupcakes with the leftovers.
It is time for Air frying. Depending on your air fryer model, you can either set the air fryer to preheat 350 F, or if you are using an air fryer like mine, switch it on and set your timer to 2 to 3 minutes. Allowing the air fryer to preheat saves you baking time. Pull out the basket and place the cake pan full of batter inside the basket, then set your timer to 20 minutes.
After 17 to 18 minutes, slide the basket out of the air fryer to check if the cake is made. Poke the cake in the middle with your kitchen thermometer; clean the cake is ready if it comes out. Otherwise, slide the basket with the cake back into the air fryer for another 3 to 5 minutes. When you are sure your cake is made, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Be careful when handling the pan because it is going to be very hot.
The final step of baking your air fryer cake is to flip over the pan and remove the cake. It would come right out; then, you can remove the parchment paper and place the cake on a plate to cool completely. You can choose to decorate it after this.
Tips on Making a Perfect Air Fryer Cake
- Add some of your favorite ingredients into the cake batter (I strongly suggest chocolate, but you can also try other flavors). It adds your personal touch to the cake.
- Don’t overcrowd the Air Fryer basket. Always use a pan that is a little smaller than your air fryer so the cake will cook evenly. Also, do not fill the pan not more than halfway with batter.
- Keep an eye on your cake batter when it is in the air fryer. Be present when you are baking your cake to avoid it getting burnt.
- All Air Fryers are different, so that timings can be different. Always keep an eye on your food and often check the first time you’re making a new recipe.
- All recipes are mainly suggestive, so feel free to change the timing and temperature because several factors can affect the outcome of your cake. Also, if it is your first time baking a cake or using an air fryer or both(I suggest you use a small quantity of your batter as an experiment initially), don’t be discouraged if the first batch is less than perfect; just try again until you get that perfection.
- Know your air fryer. All air fryers are of different makes, so they all have different heating temperatures, volumes, and features. So know your air fryer so you can adjust it to any recipe.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a healthier and faster way to bake your cake, I strongly recommend getting yourself an air fryer. If you don’t already have one, try this recipe. So whether you want a small birthday cake or want to satisfy your craving, air fryer cake is the way to go.