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air fryer cake frosted with white frosting on a white cake pedestal
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Air Fryer Cake

Did you know you can bake your cake in an air fryer? It is super simple to do, and perfect if you don't have a traditional oven, or if you just don't want to turn that oven on.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, easy, fast, moist
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 269kcal
Author: In the Kitchen with Matt


  • Air Fryer
  • Cake pan that fits the air fryer
  • Cake Strips (optional)
  • Wire rack
  • cake spatula


  • Cake batter of some sorts I have plenty here on my show
  • Frosting
  • Other toppings
  • Shortening for pan
  • Ingredients for the cake batter


  • Prepare your cake batter by following a homemade recipe or the back of the cake mix box.
  • Take a cake pan that is small enough to fit in your air fryer basket and grease up the sides and bottom with shortening. Flour the sides and bottom as well, tapping the pan to remove the excess flour. Optionally add a round piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan.
  • Fill up the pan a little bit over halfway full. If you have any cake batter remaining you can make cupcakes with it. If using cake strips, soak them in water, wring them out, and then encircle the cake pan. This will help to evenly bake the cake and prevent doming.
  • Turn the air fryer temp to 350 F (176 C). Set the timer for 20 minutes. Allow it to heat up for a minute or two. Remove the basket and put it in your cake pan. Put the basket back inside the air fryer and let it do its thing. The cake will cook for 18 to 19 minutes.
  • After the timer goes off check it with a toothpick. Poke the cake in the middle; if the toothpick comes out clean it is ready to go. If there is still a bit of cake batter on it, cook the cake for 3 to 5 more minutes. BE CAREFUL when handling the cake pan it will be hot. If the pan has a handle do not grab it without wearing an oven mitt or silicone mitt.
  • Once baked, allow the cake to cool down in the pan for 10 to 12 minutes. Then remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Frost and decorate the cake however you like. Enjoy!



*Note - Nutritional facts will vary depending on the cake and frosting that you use. The below information is for a common yellow cake mix and white frosting. 
air fry cake list of nutritional facts