Enjoy the festive magic of your Instant Pot Christmas Cake!

Festive Fast-Track: Instant Pot Christmas Cake Extravaganza

Ho, ho, hello, fabulous foodie friends! Ethan Harris in the kitchen, your culinary captain on this joyous journey through the world of Instant Pot wonders. Today, we’re unwrapping the secrets behind the Instant Pot Christmas Cake – because who has time to wait for the oven when there are presents to wrap and carolers to dodge?

Now, don’t let the holiday stress turn you into a Grinch. We’re diving into the festive fray with our Instant Pot, the unsung hero of every time-crunched chef. So, grab your apron, your spirit, and let’s bake up a Christmas storm without losing your sanity.

What is Christmas Cake?

Christmas Cake is a traditional dessert enjoyed during the festive season, particularly in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries. It’s a rich and dense fruitcake that’s often made in advance and enjoyed throughout the Christmas season.

The cake is typically loaded with a variety of dried fruits, such as raisins, currants, sultanas, and candied peel. Nuts like almonds or walnuts are often included, adding a delightful crunch. The cake is generously spiced with warm flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and sometimes cloves.

What sets Christmas Cake apart is its preparation method. It’s often soaked in alcohol, such as brandy or rum, to enhance the flavors and preserve the cake. This allows the cake to mature over time, and many bakers prepare it weeks or even months before Christmas.

What is Instant Pot Christmas Cake?

An Instant Pot Christmas Cake is a festive twist on the traditional Christmas Cake, leveraging the convenience and efficiency of the Instant Pot for a quicker and easier baking process. The Instant Pot, a versatile kitchen appliance, is known for its pressure-cooking capabilities, making it a time-saving alternative to conventional baking methods.

While the core ingredients of an Instant Pot Christmas Cake remain similar to the traditional version (dried fruits, nuts, spices, etc.), the key difference lies in the preparation and cooking method. The Instant Pot allows for a faster cooking time without compromising on flavor or texture.

The Instant Pot: Santa’s Little Helper in the Kitchen

Ah, the Instant Pot – Santa’s little helper in the kitchen, the culinary sidekick you never knew you needed. Move over, elves; there’s a new MVP in town, and it doesn’t even need a red hat.

Picture this: while you’re juggling the chaos of holiday preparations, the Instant Pot is in the corner, quietly humming carols and transforming your kitchen into a winter wonderland. It’s not just a kitchen gadget; it’s a holiday wizard, here to make your cooking dreams come true faster than you can say, “Jingle all the way to the dinner table!”

With the Instant Pot by your side, you can bid farewell to the days of slaving over a hot stove or waiting for the oven to get its act together. This magical pot is like a Christmas miracle wrapped in stainless steel and silicone. It’s your ticket to stress-free, flavor-packed festivities.

How To Make The Instant Pot Christmas Cake

Instant Pot Christmas Cake Recipe

Recipe by Ethan HarrisCourse: DessertCuisine: TraditionalDifficulty: Intermediate


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Instant Pot Christmas Cake: Swift, festive, and downright delightful. Skip the hassle, savor the joy, and unwrap the magic in every bite!


  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas)

  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

  • 1/2 cup chopped candied peel

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans)

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup brandy or rum (for soaking the dried fruits)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Prepare Dried Fruits:
    In a bowl, combine the mixed dried fruit, chopped dates, chopped candied peel, and chopped nuts. Pour the brandy or rum over the mixture, cover, and let it soak for a few hours or overnight.
  • Grease and Line the Pan:
    Grease a 7-inch cake pan that fits into your Instant Pot. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper.
  • Cream Butter and Sugar:
    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add Eggs:
    Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients:
    In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and salt.
  • Mix Batter:
    Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined. Stir in the soaked dried fruit mixture and vanilla extract.
  • Prepare Instant Pot:
    Pour 1 to 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet at the bottom.
  • Pour Batter into Pan:
    Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Cover and Seal:
    Cover the cake pan with aluminum foil. Seal the edges tightly.
  • Cook in the Instant Pot:
    Place the cake pan on the trivet inside the Instant Pot. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to Manual mode at high pressure for 45-50 minutes.
  • Natural Release:
    Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. Then, perform a quick release.
  • Check for Doneness:
    Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, cover and steam for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Cool and Decorate:
    Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a while before transferring it to a wire rack. Once completely cooled, you can decorate it with icing, powdered sugar, or traditional Christmas decorations.
  • Serve:
    Slice and serve your Instant Pot Christmas Cake with a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy the festive flavors!


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Serving Suggestions for Instant Pot Christmas Cake

Hot Cocoa Harmony: Pair slices of your Instant Pot Christmas Cake with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. The combination of warm cake and velvety cocoa is a winter dream.

Peppermint Perfection: Elevate your festive experience by adding a scoop of peppermint ice cream alongside the Christmas Cake. The cool and minty contrast will make each bite even more delightful.

Cinnamon Coffee Cheers: Enjoy your cake with a side of freshly brewed cinnamon coffee. The aromatic notes of cinnamon in the coffee will complement the spices in the cake.

Festive Fruit Fusion: Serve slices with a medley of fresh seasonal fruits. Berries, kiwi, or a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds can add a burst of color and freshness.

Caramel Drizzle Delight: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the cake slices for an indulgent treat. The rich sweetness of caramel pairs wonderfully with the spiced flavors of the Christmas Cake.

Cooking Tips Instant Pot Christmas Cake

Certainly! Here are some cooking tips to ensure your Instant Pot Christmas Cake turns out as festive and delicious as possible:

  1. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for seamless blending.
  2. Adjust spice levels according to taste preferences for a bolder flavor.
  3. Soak dried fruits in alcohol before baking for an extra boozy kick.
  4. Add dried fruits and nuts in layers for even distribution throughout the cake.
  5. Add dried fruits and nuts in layers for even distribution throughout the cake.
  6. Allow a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes for a gentle cake settling.
  7. Ensure the cake cools completely before frosting or decorating.
  8. Ensure the cake cools completely before frosting or decorating.
  9. Have fun decorating with edible tinsel, sprinkles, or powdered sugar.

Final Thoughts

Cheers to the Instant Pot Christmas Cake adventure! In the world of quick fixes, may your holiday be filled with instant joy, instant laughter, and instant gratitude. As you savor each bite of this festive creation, let it be a reminder that sometimes the sweetest moments come in the most unexpected, and delicious, packages. Until our next culinary escapade, may your days be filled with warmth, love, and the lingering aroma of holiday spices.

As we conclude our delicious Instant Pot Christmas Cake adventure, remember, the culinary journey in my kitchen is an ongoing saga. Explore the vast realm of my Instant Pot recipes, from hearty stews to delightful desserts. Until our next culinary escapade, let your pots keep simmering, allow the flavors to dance, and keep the flame of your cooking passion burning bright. Happy cooking, and may your kitchen always be filled with the aroma of joy and creativity!”

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