We originally bought our air fryer as an alternative to deep-frying foods, but we’ve learned to use it for so much more than that! Many people don’t realize you can also bake in an air fryer. Here’s our collection of the best air fryer cake recipes, to make baking at home that much easier.
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How To Bake A Cake In An Air Fryer
Although an air fryer works well as an alternative to deep-frying or frying foods in oil to make meals a bit healthier. But, most air fryers have a half dozen or more features that allow this particular kitchen appliance to be one of the most versatile.
We currently have 2 air fryers, including the Cosori XL Air Fryer and the Ninja Dual Zone 2 Basket Air Fryer. Air fryers act as convection ovens, circulating hot air rather than baking from top and bottom. This is why it is so efficient to cook food in an air fryer. Between these two air fryers we can air fry, roast, broil, rehat, dehydrate, and, yes, bake.
I don’t know that I would recommend baking dozens of cookies or cupcakes for a large party inside the air fryer, unless you have a large air fryer oven. But, the air fryers are great options for baking cakes, cheesecakes, and even cupcakes.
Our Top Picks For The Best Air Fryer:
- Ninja Foodi 6 in 1 Dual Zone 2 Basket Air Fryer – Our second air fryer we had in Ireland >> Perfect for cooking two different dishes at once
- COSORI Electric Hot Air Fryer – Our first air fryer in Ireland >> Compact and easy to use and clean
- GoWISE Deluxe Air Fryer Oven – The air fryer we owned in Spain >> Great first air fryer option for beginners
Benefits Of Cooking Cake In An Air Fryer
It’s a great idea to learn how to use an air fryer to bake a cake. Baking a cake in an air fryer is not all that difficult. And, it’s a little more set it and forget it than baking in an oven.
First, the air fryer takes less time to preheat. And, some air fryers don’t require any preheating. This saves time over baking a cake in an oven. The texture of air-fried cake is also pretty tasty. There is a slight bit of crispiness to the cake, but the inside is still moist and tender. Moreover, the cake bakes more evenly in an air fryer.
Accessories Needed To Bake A Cake In An Air Fryer
One important thing to note is that this is not one of those situations where you can just pour cake batter into an air fryer. To make any of these air fryer baking pan recipes, you probably need some accessories that might not have come with your air fryer when purchasing it.
Although there are a few options for air fryer accessories, with some it makes sense to confirm whether they fit with your particular air fryer model. For example, the Cosori Accessory Pack includes a pie pan, cake pan, and cupcake tray. This 12-piece set works for Ninja, Phillips, GoWise, Dash, and Power XL air fryers.
Here are some of the best options for air fryer accessories to bake in an air fryer:
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The Best Air Fryer Cake Recipes
There are so many great air fryer recipes for cakes and cupcakes. Some of these can be considered a little bit more healthy. But, in the end, they are pretty easy to make.
Classic Air Fryer Cheesecake
Rich, creamy, and with a subtle sweetness to compliment the tang, this Air Fryer Cheesecake recipe is so quick and to make. A classic cream cheese filling overtop of a graham cracker crust, you’ll love how simple it is to put together.
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Air Fryer Cupcakes
Air fryer cupcakes are the best things that happened to hassle-free baking. Whether made from scratch or with your favorite box cake mix, making cupcakes in an air fryer will soon be your favorite thing to do. All you need to do is mix, sprinkle in some fun and air fry!
Air Fryer Chocolate Cake
This air fryer chocolate cake is perfect for 2! It’s moist, chocolatey and makes the perfect dessert!
Air Fryer Chocolate Lava Cake
This air fryer chocolate lava cake is so good and easy to make! Using simple ingredients, you can make these treats in no time for a yummy dessert! Plus this air fryer lava cake tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant kitchen!
Air Fryer Pound Cake
Moist and delicious, this Air Fryer Pound Cake is as tasty as the oven version. When you want to make a smaller cake or you don’t want to use the oven in the summer, making an air fryer cake is a great option! It’s easy and quick.
Caramel Apple Dump Cake
This tender and moist Caramel Apple Dump Cake is a nearly effortless decadent dessert to make in minutes. Sweet fresh apples are swirled with gooey caramel and topped with a pecan cake mix in this super easy, dump and bake cake recipe.
Air Fried Cornbread With Candied Bacon And Honey
This air fryer cornbread recipe with honey buttercream frosting will receive rave reviews. Sweet cornbread with icing is always a tasty addition to the menu.
Air Fryer Banana Cake
This Air Fryer Banana Cake recipe is light and fluffy but still a super moist cake – man oh man – it’s so good with so much banana flavor! And – it was a really easy dessert to make!!! I tend to cook more than bake – but this might make a baker out of me yet!
Air Fryer Banana Bundt Cake
A moist, tender and extremely delicious banana cake perfectly sized for the air fryer. The cream cheese icing is exactly what this banana cake needs. Use a 7” mini Bundt pan. If you don’t have a small Bundt pan, any cake pan that fits in the air fryer will work.
Air Fryer Almond Cake
This air fryer almond cake is one of the easiest cakes to make. Rich and buttery, this simple cake has minimal ingredients and tastes amazing. The almond flavor really shines in this air fryer cake recipe.
Air Fried Lemon Raspberry Cake
This air fryer lemon raspberry bundt cake is filled with sweet and ripe raspberries and tangy lemon flavor. The raspberries give this Lemon bundt cake recipe a light and refreshing taste. Lemon Raspberry Bundt Cake is a scratch-made cake that just screams summer
Air Fryer Pistachio Pudding Cake
This air fryer cake with pistachio, coconut, and almonds is so tasty. It is like a Watergate cake and packed with flavor
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In An Air Fryer
Air Fryer Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cake is rich and filled with chocolate peanut butter flavors. This cake is perfectly moist and insanely delicious.
Gluten-Free Air Fryer Cake
Make this easy Air Fryer Cake that can be made gluten-free as well. This cake uses a cake mix and is ready to eat in minutes!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake In An Air Fryer
Yeap, you can bake a cake in the air fryer. This recipe for One Bowl Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe is a delicious rich chocolate cake that is perfect for all seasons.