You can make, or BAKE, all sorts of goods in the Instant Pot.

Baking in the Instant Pot? I know…I did not believe it was possible either. Baking needs an oven, or a big wood-fired brick beauty in the wall, right? Wrong.

You can make, or BAKE, all sorts of goods in the Instant Pot.

Photo by Vicki McKeown

If you have spent any amount of time online looking at Instant Pot recipes, you will notice that there are a couple of “cults” in the electric pressure cooker world. One of them is yogurt, and the other one is cheesecake! Yes, lots and lots of cheesecakes are being made in the IP. And, other kinds of cakes, and brownies and breads, and on and on the list goes.

Because the way a pressure cooker “bakes” is totally different than an oven, there are some considerations that must be taken into account when starting a cake or cake like dessert in the Instant Pot.

One of the differences is texture. While it seems like cheesecakes turn out very much the same as their traditional counterpart, other cakes have a slightly more moist and a little denser quality to them. They are more “pudding-like”. For some, that is a lovely difference, but others find it a bit odd. YMMV fits well here…your mileage may vary!

One thing to consider is how ingredients react differently to the very moist pressurized environment of the electric pressure cooker.

Because she has been doing electric pressure cooking longer than just about everybody else, she speaks with authority about baking in the Instant Pot.

Laura Pazzaglia over at Hip Pressure Cooking has a great blog post about baking powder and how it changes with both altitude and pressure. She is one of the reigning queens of the Instant Pot and her breadth of knowledge is amazing. This article is very worth the read so you can understand what different forces do to a baked good.

Laura also has a great post about her take on cheesecake and how to bake it.  

Because she has been doing electric pressure cooking longer than just about everybody else, she speaks with authority about baking in the Instant Pot. Her website is a wealth of knowledge and information, along with recipes she has tested and approved. Laura teaches all over the world, and is a consultant to companies that sell pressure cookers. If you are at all curious about the why’s and wherefor’s of Instant Pot cooking, Laura Pazzaglia is one of the best people to explain it to you!