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Apple Cake with Maple Frosting

Moist apple cake cooked right in the pressure cooker then drizzled with a maple glaze

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
pressuring and resting 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 274 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored, peeled and diced

For the Glaze:

  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp maple extract flavoring
  • 1/4 c milk
  • powdered sugar



  1. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add the applesauce and mix until combined well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients mixing until just combined.
  4. Stir in diced apple.
  5. Spoon batter into a half-sized bundt pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with foil, tightly.
  6. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the pressure cooker and place the trivet in the bottom. Put the bundt pan on the trivet. (Use a foil sling to help make removing the bundt pan easier.)
  7. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the timer for 25 minutes. When beep sounds, turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure. When the valve drops carefully remove the lid.
  8. Carefully remove the bundt pan to a wire rack to cool uncovered for 10 minutes. Use caution removing foil from pan, don't burn yourself.
  9. After 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  10. When cake is cool drizzle with maple glaze.


  1. In a small bowl combine melted butter and milk, whisk together.
  2. Add maple flavoring and stir together.
  3. Add powdered sugar to desired consistency (I like my a little thicker, but thin enough to drizzle from the end of my whisk).

Recipe Notes

If you get it too thick, just add milk (a tiny bit at a time) until it's the consistency you want.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cake with Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.