Decadent Instant Pot Brownie Cake
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Delicious and decadent Instant Pot brownie cake is the dessert you didn’t know you needed! Learn how to make these rich chocolate chip brownies with a blender and pressure cooker.
This recipe for brownie is for people who have little patience like me, don’t care about preheating the oven and hate being around waiting for the oven to do its job so that you can switch it off.
In this chocolate brownie recipe, you just put the batter in the Instant Pot, set the timer and walk away. The pressure cooker will cook and shut down on its own, leaving you to make a quick grocery run instead of waiting for your chocolate chip brownies to cook.
This instant pot brownie recipe also passes for a perfect chocolate cake. I often make this recipe for my daughters’ birthdays since we are not huge fans of store-bought cakes. With a simple coconut oil and chocolate chip ganache, all you need is a candle! It’s really nice to have something homemade that the kids love, knowing there were no preservatives.
Why you’ll love this brownie recipe?
This brownie recipe is one of a kind. Whip the batter up in a blender in under 5 minutes, then cook these brownies in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. It is really easy-peasy!
Adding coffee granules is also a refreshing addition. A tiny bit of coffee intensifies the chocolatey flavor in this recipe. You can always skip adding coffee if you are going to share it with your kids.
This easy recipe yields a cakey brownie but if you are looking for a fudgy brownie recipe, check out this brownie recipe by Meeta from Piping Pot Curry.
Read more: The difference between cakey and fudgy brownies.
How to make Instant Pot brownies from scratch
When you want to make a brownie that resembles a cake you need to make a few tweaks to your classic brownie recipe like the ones I have made below –
- Baking powder – Brownie recipes typically do not use baking powder but if you want a cake like texture add it in.
- Use butter instead of oil – Butter has milk solids and lactic acid which react with baking powder to help the batter rise like a cake.
- Cocoa powder – I wanted to make this recipe quick and easy that is why I replaced chocolate with cocoa powder. That means you don’t have to melt chocolate and add it to the mix.
- Brown sugar – Since we take away the chocolate I am using brown sugar to introduce a bit of moisture in the recipe so that it is not very dry.
The ingredients can be broken into two categories, wet ingredients and dry ingredients.
- Wet ingredients include melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- Dry ingredients consist of flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and instant coffee granules.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, instant coffee granules, and salt until combined. Set this aside.
- To make the brownies with a blender, such as Blendtec, add butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs into the blender and blend until combined or use the batter setting. Add the flour mixture into the blender and press pulse 3-5 times until the dry ingredients are blended into the wet.
[If using a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs until mixed well. Then, add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend, or beat, until incorporated.]
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter and set aside. Grease a 7-inch springform pan using oil or canola spray. Make sure the bowl is thoroughly greased, use a pastry brush if needed to get the nooks and crannies.
- Pour the brownie batter into the springform pan. Then cover the pan with a paper towel followed by foil. The paper towel prevents water droplets from falling on top of the brownie.
- In the steel insert of the Instant Pot, pour 2 cups of water. Next, place the trivet in the steel insert. Create a foil sling to place the springform pan on. Add the spring form pan and close the lid.
- Adjust the pressure setting to high and set the cook time to 35 minutes. Once the cooking completes, allow the pressure to release naturally.
- Carefully remove the springform pan from the instant pot using the foil sling and let the brownies cool before frosting.
- Frost it or serve it with a dollop of ice cream.
How do you make a foil sling?
To make the foil sling simply fold a piece of foil into a rectangle tall enough to poke above the brownie pan so you can pick the pan up with the foil instead of the pan. For a visual and further information about the foil sling, check out this foil sling article from This Old Gal.
If you enjoyed these made from scratch chocolate chip brownies, fresh from the instant pot, here are a few other quick and delicious desserts recipes to try.
- Oats- Hazelnut Butter Brownies- These soft and spongey brownies are made with filling quick oats and a delicious hazelnut butter.
- Chocolate Banana Cake- This delicious and moist Chocolate Banana Cake recipe filled with the goodness of coconut oil and banana makes for a healthy after-school treat for kids.
- Instant Chocolate Cake- A dense and chocolatey cake you can quickly make with your microwave, a whisk, and just a few ingredients.
- Indian Fruit Custard – This Indian fruit custard recipe combines seasonal fruits with sweet creamy custard sauce to make this delectable dessert that is perfect for a crowd.
Got a new Instant Pot? Check out the links below to make the most of your pressure cooker -
- Read this article on 10 things to know before using your Instant Pot
- An in-depth guide on how to use your Instant Pot
- 10 Most Useful Instant Pot Accessories
- A massive collection of Instant Pot Recipes
- A list of best Instant Pot Cookbooks for every kind of diet
Instant Pot Brownie Cake Recipe
- ¾ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1.25 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules optional
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Mix all the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, instant coffee granules, and salt till they are combined. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl (or use a blender like Blendtec with batter settings), add butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs and mix them well.
- Add the flour mixture and mix them in till they are combined. If using a blender, press "Pulse" 3–5 times or until dry ingredients are combined with the wet.
- If using a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs until mixed well. Then, add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and blend, or beat, until incorporated.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter and set aside.
- Grease a 7-inch springform pan either using oil or cooking spray. Use a pastry brush if needed to make sure the bowl is thoroughly greased.
- Pour the batter in the pan. Cover it with a paper towel followed by foil. This prevents the water droplets from falling on top of the brownie.
- Add 2 cups of water in the steel insert of the Instant Pot. Place the trivet. Create a foil sling and place it on the trivet. Place the springform pan and close the lid.
- Adjust the pressure setting to high and the time to 35 minutes. Once the cooking is done, allow the pressure to release naturally.
- Carefully remove the springform pan from the Instant Pot using the foil sling and let the brownie cool in the pan before frosting.
- Frost it or serve it with a dollop of ice-cream.
How do you make a foil sling?To make the foil sling simply fold a piece of foil into a rectangle tall enough to poke above the brownie pan so you can pick the pan up with the foil instead of the pan. For a visual and further information about the foil sling, check out this foil sling article from This Old Gal.
Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.