Air-Fryer Mini Dark Chocolate Cake

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.

a recipe photo of the Air-Fryer Mini Dark Chocolate Cake served on a platter with forks
Photo: Photographer: Brie Passano, Food Stylist: Greg Luna
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pan

  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

  • 4 ½ teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar and/or cocoa powder

  • 1 cup fresh mixed berries


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

285 Calories
10g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Potassium 211mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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