Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Cake

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recipe by Williams Sonoma

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based on 1 ratings

A little goes a long way with this super simple chocolate cake, which comes together quickly without any fancy baking tools. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect partner for the deep, luxurious mocha flavor.

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recipe updated Mar 30, 2020


  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    5 tbsp (71g)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    as needed
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    1 cup (130g)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder icon
    Unsweetened cocoa powder
    about ¼ cup (22g)
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    1 tsp (5g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    about ¼ tsp (1g)
  • Egg icon
    2 (100g)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    1 cup (204g)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    ½ tsp (2ml)
  • Espresso icon
    3 tbsp (44g)
  • Semisweet chocolate chips icon
    Semisweet chocolate chips
    1 cup
  • Water icon
    1.25 cups (300ml)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder icon
    Unsweetened cocoa powder
    as needed
  • Vanilla ice cream icon
    Vanilla ice cream
    as needed


  • kCook icon Cooling rack
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Springform pan - 7"
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
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Step preview

  1. Grease a clean springform pan with unsalted butter
  2. Whisk all purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder and kosher salt into a clean small bowl
  3. Whisk egg, granulated sugar, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and espresso into a clean medium bowl
  4. Whisk content of small bowl into medium bowl gently
  5. Fold semisweet chocolate chips into the medium bowl
  6. Pour batter into springform pan
  7. Cover with foil
  8. Add water to the inner pot
  9. Place cake on round wire rack
  10. Place the rack in the inner pot
  11. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  12. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 35 min
  13. Natural release - 15 min
  14. Quick release
  15. Cancel - Keep warm
  16. Cool cake onto cooling rack
  17. Remove
  18. Dust with unsweetened cocoa powder
  19. Cut
  20. Serve with vanilla ice cream
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