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Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe

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Sometimes the simplest things are still the best. For example, this delicious, moist Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe. Pound cake always makes me think of traditional summer desserts.

Pound cake is simple and somewhat basic, but it is oh-so-yummy. Eat it plain, or top it with your favorite fruit or sauce.

And, this recipe modernizes the classic by cooking it in the Instant Pot so you don't have to heat up your oven, or your kitchen. Genius!

instant pot pound cake recipe on rectangular white plate in forefront with silver instant pot in background and white pedestal cake holder with cake on it to the right background

Ingredients

  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • sour cream
  • water

Supplies Used to Make Pound Cake Recipe

  • 7-inch bundt pan - Bundt cakes are so popular, and I love using them because bundt cake cooks evenly and fast. Our apple spice cake is another delicious bundt cake recipe.
  • or 6-inch Fat Daddios cake pan - This pan comes in very handy both for cake recipes and all kinds of other Instant Pot desserts and side dishes. I even use it for pot-in-pot oatmeal and cherry cobbler.
  • Round parchment paper - Use round parchment paper to line the bottom of your cake pan or cheesecake pan. I use this all the time when I make Instant Pot cheesecake recipes.
  • Silicone sling - If you make a lot of Instant Pot dessert recipes or other pot-in-pot cooking in your Instant Pot, you know how much a silicone sling is used. It's really a good idea to invest in a sling instead of continuing to use a foil makeshift sling. You'll thank me later!
  • Instant Pot - None of these pressure cooker dessert recipes like our favorite Instant Pot cake recipes could be made without an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or other pressure cooker.

Traditional Pound Cake Recipe Variations and Flavors

  • Orange, banana, peach, or vanilla pound cake recipe
  • Lemon sour cream pound cake
  • Almond pound cake
  • Mini pound cake
  • Sour cream pound cake loaf
  • London pound cake

Why You Will Love This Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe

Because it tastes just like the pound cake your mom and grandma used to make. Moist, delicious and buttery rich. It truly is impossible to eat just one slice.

This Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe is the perfect canvas for so many different toppings. Try season fresh fruit. Or, if you prefer canned fruit with a bit of syrup, you can use that, too.

Love chocolate? Top it with some warm chocolate sauce. Whipped topping is also a great choice, either by itself for along with the aforementioned suggestions. So many possibilities!

Instant Pot Pound Cake (quite obviously) cooks in an Instant Pot!

That means no heating up an oven in the middle of summer, which also tends to heat up the kitchen!

The Instant Pot keeps things cool, simple, and fast.

More Delicious Desserts Like This Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe

We have so many flavors of cheesecake for you to try. From Pumpkin Cheesecake, to Peppermint Cheesecake, to our favorite Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

Craving the flavor of pound cake, but have absolutely no time to cook? Then follow this Pound Cake With Berries Recipe to make a store-bought pound cake extra flavorful.

For a delightful taste of summer, this delicious Cherry Almond Poke Cake recipe is a perfect choice.

Perhaps you or another family member is a die-hard chocolate fan, in which case this Gluten Free Cake - Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache is absolutely perfect. Don't let the "flourless" part fool you. This cake is dense, rich and amazing.

How to Make This Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe Step By Step

Step #1: Cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.

Step #2: Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in the sour cream.

Step #3: Spray a 7” tube pan with non-stick cooking spray. You have to use a tube pan for the cooking time in this recipe or the cake will not come out cooked.

Step #4: Cover the tube pan with aluminum foil and poke out the center hole so the steam can escape through it.

white ceramic bowl in foreground with ingredients for instant pot pound cake recipe being mixed by a turquoise hand mixer . There is a silver instant pot in back.

Step #5: Add water to the Instant Pot. Set the tube pan on top of a trivet in the inner pot.

looking down into an instant pot with tube pan in it filled with batter for the instant pot pound cake recipe

Step #6: Close the lid on the Instant Pot and set to sealing. Set on manual high for 60 minutes. Allow for a natural release and then remove from the Instant Pot and cool on a cooling rack.

completed instant pot pound cake recipe sitting on white pedestal cake plate with green and white towel in background

Step #7: Serve with berries, ice cream, whipped topping or any other number of topping possibilities.

FAQ

Is this a sour cream pound cake recipe?

Yes, this is a sour cream pound cake. Not all pound cake recipes include sour cream, but this one does.

How many sticks of butter in a pound?

4 sticks of butter are in a pound.

What is the best Instant Pot cake pan for pound cake?

Instant Pot baking isn't complicated and making pressure cooker cakes is easy with the right cake recipe and cake pan.

For a pound cake, you can use a 7-inch bundt pan, a 7-inch cake pan, or even an Instant Pot loaf pan. All will work nicely. For this butter pound cake recipe, we used a bundt pan.

How to make pound cake more moist?

Adding buttermilk, sour cream, or cream cheese to a pound cake will make a basic cake recipe for pound cake moister.

Why is it called pound cake?

Pound cake is called that because of how it was traditionally made way back in the 1700s. It would be an easy recipe to memorize because it called for a pound each of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs.

Enjoy!

3 colorful plates with a slice of pound cake and half a strawberry topped with whipped cream with instant pot in the backgroun

Recipe

Yield: 12 Slices

Instant Pot Pound Cake Recipe

three slices of pound cake on white plate

Instant Pot Pound Cake is moist, delicious, and comes out perfect every time! This Instant Pot dessert is a perfect summer dessert recipe that you can bring for a potluck dessert or a backyard barbecue.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Instructions

How To Make a Pound Cake From Scratch

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  2. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in the sour cream.
  3. Spray a 7” tube pan with non-stick cooking spray. You have to use a tube pan for the cooking time in this recipe or the cake will not come out cooked.
  4. Cover the tube pan with aluminum foil and poke out the center hole so the steam can escape through it.
  5. Add water to the Instant Pot. Set the tube pan on top of a trivet in the inner pot.
  6. Close the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to sealing. Set on manual high for 60 minutes. Allow for a natural release and then remove from the Instant Pot and cool on a cooling rack.
  7. Serve with berries, ice cream, whipped topping or any other number of topping possibilities.

Notes

Optional Flavorings for Pound Cake

  • banana
  • lemon
  • strawberry
  • vanilla
  • butter rum

How to Serve Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

Because it doesn't have a leavening ingredient like baking soda or baking powder, this pressure cooker cake (or any pound cake) is a denser cake than other traditional cake recipes.

The cake consistency makes it pair wonderfully with berries and cream. It can also be served for breakfast or brunch instead of a coffee cake.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 352Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 108mgSodium 248mgCarbohydrates 41gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 23gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 5g

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3 colorful plates with a slice of pound cake and half a strawberry topped with whipped cream with instant pot in the backgroun
3 colorful plates with a slice of pound cake and half a strawberry topped with whipped cream with instant pot in the backgroun

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