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Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake

Are you ready for some chocolate?! Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake with toasted walnuts will be a dessert that impresses everyone at the table and makes your chocolate lovers very happy. This recipe is from The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook.

Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake (Guest Recipe)

Is it a brownie or is it a cake? Does it really matter? It’s chocolate!

Brownies have more chocolate and less flour compared to a traditional chocolate cake. They lack a leavening agent such as baking powder or baking soda, so they are chewier while cakes are more spongy. So to have a cakey brownie, it needs baking powder for leavening.


Fudgy brownies have a higher fat-to-flour ratio than cakey ones. So that would be butter and chocolate. The amount of sugar and eggs does not affect anything. This Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake has a nice crunchy texture on the top, so there’s no need to add an extra step of making the icing.

Coco Morante, the author of  The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook, has mastered the balance of a fudge brownie and calling it cake. But she knows more than just pleasing a sweet tooth with her book, The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook, which we reviewed right here. It has an assortment of 200 recipes to help you plan for a busy week in your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake

Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake

  • Author: Coco Morante
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 75 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Instant Pot Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake with walnuts will be a dessert that impresses everyone at the table and makes your chocolate lovers very happy. This recipe is from The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook.



3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 eggs
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
3⁄4 cup cocoa powder
3⁄4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup walnuts, chopped up


Line the base of a 7-inch round springform pan with an 8-inch round of parchment paper. Secure the collar on the springform pan, closing it onto the base so the parchment round is clamped in. Lightly grease the sides of the pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.

Put the melted butter in a large bowl. One at a time, whisk in the eggs, then the brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, and salt until combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder and whisk just until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Tap the pan firmly against the countertop a few times to remove any air bubbles in the batter. Cover the pan tightly with aluminium foil. Place the pan on a long-handled silicone steam rack.

Pour 11⁄2 cups water into the Instant Pot. Holding the handles of the steam rack, lift the pan and lower it into the pot.

Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Cake, Pressure Cook, or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 35 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)

When the cooking program ends, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then move the Pressure Release to Venting to release any remaining steam. Open the pot and, wearing heat-resistant mitts, grab the handles of the steam rack, lift the pan out of the pot, and set the pan on a cooling rack.

Remove the foil from the pan, being careful not to get burned by the steam. Let the cake cool for about 20 minutes, until warm, or cool to room temperature.

Unclasp the collar on the pan and lift it off, then use the parchment border to tug the cake off the base of the pan and onto a plate. Slice the cake into wedges and serve.

Keywords: Chocolate, Fudge, Cake, Walnuts


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  • Reply
    Victoria Sturdevant
    December 3, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I’m going to make these brownies, what is quantity of nuts? Do you toast nuts prior to adding?

    • Reply
      January 28, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Just noticed they were missing in the ingredients, thanks for the heads up. Just raw nuts, about 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts (or other nuts).

      • Reply
        January 28, 2019 at 2:00 am

        The reference to toasted walnuts at the beginning is why I asked.

  • Reply
    July 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    It wasn’t done in the 35 minutes. it was runny, and I did do the slow release for 10 minutes. So I put it back on and cooked it another 10 minutes. it wasn’t runny but could have cooked more. Its almost like a pudding in the middle. BUT IT IS GOOD! Next time I will just try cooking it for longer. OR, is it supposed to be like pudding?? It doesnt look like it in the pics. I like the gooey, but not everyone does. Just curious if anyone else had this issue.

  • Reply
    July 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    so to update my comment on this brownie cake; this is the day after I made it. It is no longer soft in the middle. It set up over
    night. So that should be noted. it needs to set up. IT IS YUMMY.

    • Reply
      July 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hey Carole, thanks for coming back and providing extra feedback on this recipe. We will make a note about it setting up better overnight.

  • Reply
    October 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    What is with the coffee crystals is this like instant coffee, don’t have any on hand can you make the recipe without it or use a substitute?

    • Reply
      November 12, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Yes, you could use Instant coffee or go without it.

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