Making a cake in the air fryer is easier than you might think! In under an hour, you'll have a delicious, moist chocolate cake ready for dessert. Top with fresh berries or confectioners' sugar., November 2022


Credit: Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna

Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins

Nutrition Profile:



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat air fryer to 320℉. Coat a 6-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the pan bottom with parchment or wax paper. Flour the pan, tapping out excess.

  • Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Whisk buttermilk, applesauce, oil, espresso powder and vanilla in another small bowl. 

  • Place egg in a medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Gradually add sugar. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue beating until the mixture is thick and pale, about 2 minutes.

  • Alternately fold the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixture into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 additions of buttermilk mixture. Fold in chocolate.

  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the air-fryer basket. Cook until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan. Remove parchment (or wax) paper. Let cool completely on the rack.

  • Serve the cake topped with confectioners' sugar (and/or cocoa powder) and mixed berries.


Air fryer; 6-inch round cake pan; parchment or wax paper

Nutrition Facts

1 slice
285 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 49g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 33g; fat 10g; saturated fat 3g; cholesterol 47mg; sodium 306mg; potassium 211mg.