Air Fryer Vanilla Cake: the quick, light vanilla cake recipe made in the air fryer

Total time: 60 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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If there’s one appliance you must have in your kitchen, it’s the Air fryer. Use it to fry foods, heat up leftovers, and even bake a cake! This easy, light vanilla cake is made in the Airfryer instead of the oven, which means it’s less likely to burn.

What makes the Airfryer different is its small size. Because it’s much smaller than an oven, it heats up very quickly, which means you can bake a cake in less time than with a traditional oven. The flavor of this Airfryer Cake is that of delicate vanilla, while the texture of the crumb is moist, tender, soft, and fluffy.

Don’t wait any longer! Grab the flour, sugar, eggs, and other cake ingredients and get baking. It might just become your new favorite recipe.

What Are The Air Fryer Settings For Making A Cake?

Air fryers are much smaller than traditional ovens. Because of this, it heats up very quickly, which means you can bake a cake in less time than with a traditional oven.

If you’re using a larger Air fryer like an XXL, or 5.5 L, you can use an 8-inch round pan. Increase the baking time by 10 minutes, but keep an eye on the cake so you don’t overcook it.

If you have a smaller Air fryer, you should use a smaller round pan – first make sure it fits.


Air Fryer Vanilla Cake Ingredients

Flour – use all-purpose flour.

Eggs – eggs must be at room temperature.

Butter – either salted or unsalted butter will work; if using salted, omit the 1g salt.

Sugar – granulated sugar.

Milk – use full-fat for best results.

How To Make Vanilla Cake In The Air Fryer 

Whisk the dry ingredients (except the sugar) in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until foamy. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and whisk again. Finally, add the milk, vanilla extract, salt, butter, and whisk again

Pour the batter into a parchment-lined cake pan. If you don’t have a cake pan, you can use a silicon mold or any other oven-safe container.

Temperature and Timing For Baking A Cake In The Air Fryer

Air fryers differ in how well they bake cakes. While the time-temperature combination for this recipe is suggested as 40 minutes at 375°F/180°C, you can start checking the cake for doneness at around 35 minutes.


Serve the cake unfrosted with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

If you want, you can frost the cake with chocolate or vanilla buttercream frosting.

If you’re using a springform pan, wrap the base with aluminum foil to prevent the batter from leaking out.

How To Store Air Fryer Vanilla Cake

Store the cake in a cake tin, or another airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Air Fryer Cake?

Yes, cakes do well in the freezer. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months.

All-purpose flour
240 g (1 3/4 cups)
butter, melted
80 g (5 tbsp)
Whole Milk
60 ml (1/4 cup)
150 g (3/4 cup)
Baking powder
10 g (3/4 tbsp)
Vanilla Extract
15 ml (1 tbsp)
a pinch


Sift the flour into a deeper bowl, then add the baking powder and stir.

In another bowl, add eggs and whisk with sugar.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the eggs and mix. Add milk to the mixture and continue to mix, then add vanilla extract, 1g of salt, and mix. Add the melted, cooled butter and mix for a final time.

Pour the batter into a 15 cm/6-inch mold that you have lined with baking paper.

Wrap the base with aluminum foil and transfer it into the air fryer.

Bake in an air fryer at 180°C for 40 minutes.

Remove the aluminum foil.

Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool.

Slice, serve and enjoy!


This is a perfectly-sized cake for small batch baking.

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