Perfect Air Fryer Cake Recipe

Effortless Air Fryer Cake: A Simple and Delicious Recipe
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Baking a cake in an air fryer? Absolutely! This quick and easy air fryer cake recipe ensures a moist and fluffy cake with minimal fuss. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a kitchen newbie, this recipe will guide you to a delicious cake that’s sure to impress. Let’s get started!


Did you know that air fryers were originally invented to cook chips with less oil? Philips introduced the first air fryer in 2010, revolutionising home cooking. Their popularity has since soared, and creative cooks have discovered they can make everything from roasted vegetables to, yes, even cakes!

Serving Suggestions

This air fryer cake is incredibly versatile. Enjoy it plain, or dress it up with your favourite frosting—classic vanilla buttercream, rich chocolate ganache, or a simple dusting of powdered sugar. For a special touch, top with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Pair with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful afternoon treat.

Storing Instructions

To keep your cake fresh, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If you prefer to keep it longer, refrigerate for up to a week. For extended storage, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.


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How to Make Air Fryer Cake Recipe

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Perfect Air Fryer Cake Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 25 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 50 mins
Cooking Temp: 150  °C Servings: 8 Calories: 212 kcal per serving
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Indulge in a simple and tasty treat with this easy air fryer cake recipe. Whether you're a beginner or a pro in the kitchen, you'll find this guide straightforward and fun. This cake comes out moist and fluffy every time, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy it plain or add your favorite frosting—either way, it’s sure to become a family favorite!





  1. Preheat the Air Fryer

    Preheat your air fryer to 150°C (302°F).

  2. Prepare the Cake Pan

     Grease the cake pan with butter and line the bottom with baking paper.

Making the Batter

  1. Cream Butter and Sugar

     In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  2. Add Eggs and Vanilla

    Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.

  3. Combine Dry Ingredient

    In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder (if using plain flour), and salt.

  4. Mix Batter

    Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix until just combined; do not overmix.


  1. Pour Batter

    Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

  2. Air Fry

    Place the cake pan in the preheated air fryer. Bake at 150°C (302°F) for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake; it should come out clean.

  3. Cool

    Remove the cake from the air fryer and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely.


  1. Decorate

     Once cooled, you can serve the cake as is or decorate it with your favorite frosting or a dusting of powdered sugar and add strawberries.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 212kcal
Calories from Fat 108kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 100mg5%
Potassium 40mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugars 15g
Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 380 IU
Calcium 20 mg
Iron 0.8 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Ensure the eggs and milk are at room temperature for a better-textured batter.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter to keep the cake light and fluffy.
  • If you prefer a different flavour, you can replace the vanilla extract with almond or lemon extract.
  • Check the cake a few minutes before the end of the cooking time to prevent overbaking.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use any type of flour for this recipe?

Yes, you can use self-raising flour or plain flour with added baking powder. If using plain flour, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder for every 120g of flour.

What size cake pan should I use?

A 6-inch round cake pan is recommended for this recipe to fit comfortably in most air fryers.

How do I know when the cake is done?

Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. The baking time is approximately 25-30 minutes at 150°C (302°F).

Can I use a different type of sugar?

Yes, you can substitute caster sugar with granulated sugar or brown sugar, though it may slightly alter the texture and flavor of the cake.

Can I add mix-ins like chocolate chips or nuts?

Absolutely! You can fold in about 100g of chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits into the batter before baking.

How should I store the cake?

Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can refrigerate it for up to a week or freeze it for up to 3 months.

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

Yes, substitute the flour with a gluten-free flour blend that includes a binding agent like xanthan gum. Ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.

What kind of frosting goes well with this cake?

This cake pairs well with a variety of frostings, such as buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or even a simple dusting of powdered sugar.

Do I need to preheat the air fryer?

Yes, preheating the air fryer to 150°C (302°F) ensures even cooking and a properly risen cake.

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