Instant Pot Coconut Cake

A Delicious Coconut Miniature Bundt Cake Perfect for Any Occasion

This easy Coconut Mini Bundt Cake is the perfect treat for a tea with close friends, a family get together or just about any day you need some coconut goodness!  This cake has very few ingredients and is packed full of sweet coconut deliciousness.

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Earlier in the summer, I started a series of delicious and tiny Instant Pot cakes. My very first cake in the series was this Mini Lemon Bundt Cake. Next, I created the Strawberries & Cream Cake and now I bring you this delightful Coconut Cake.

These mini cakes are so easy to make and they certainly hit the spot! Plus, they’re so darn cute!

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I’m loving making these mini cakes in the Instant Pot. They’re the perfect size, even for my family of 7. We each get a good sized piece and there are a few pieces leftover for later. Plus, only a few ingredients are used, so I usually have what I need on hand.

Coconut Perfection

As for the newest flavor in the Instant Pot Mini Cake series, it had to be coconut! I absolutely love coconut! Just mention coconut in any form and you’ve got my attention. From body lotions to sweets to main courses, I can’t get enough of coconut!

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my home country, Honduras. When I was little, we’d eat coconut and drink coconut water every time we’d go to the beach. One of my favorite beach treats from Honduras is Pan de Coco, coconut bread. These ladies would carry huge baskets of freshly made bread and sell it along the beach. It is indescribably good!  I need to learn how they make it!

Well, while this is not quite Pan de Coco, the sweet, yet light flavor of the coconut in this Instant Pot mini cake is perfection!

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A Mini Treat Perfect for Any Occasion

How cute does this Coconut Mini Cake look on a pretty plate? I’m thinking tea party with my friends! Is that still a thing? I hope so!

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I know you and your family will love this Coconut Cake!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the items you’ll need to prep and make this Instant Pot cake recipe:

  • To prep the cake batter, I used a prep bowl, some measuring spoons, and a set of measuring cups.
  • I used a whisk to mix the wet ingredients together (coconut milk, coconut extract, and egg). I then used a silicone spatula to fold the dry ingredients (cake mix, shredded coconut, and baking powder) into the wet ingredients.
  • I set the bundt pan on the trivet before lowering it into the pot.
  • To remove the hot cake from the pot after cooking, I always use my mini mitts.
Appliances & Cookware

I made this cake in my 8-quart Instant Pot using a small bundt pan that I bought at Aldi. If you don’t have an Aldi near you, this one should work fine as well. I’ve also made this cake in a 6″ x 2″ cake pan.

Instant Pot Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your Instant Pot.

Now it’s your turn to give this Instant Pot Coconut Cake recipe a try! You won’t be disappointed!

I’ve also included some tips and serving suggestions below the recipe card to help you make this mini cake even more delicious.

Instant Pot Coconut Mini Cake

Topped with a sweet coconut glaze.

Rating
5 from 1 vote
Servings
8 slices
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Pressure Release
15 minute NPR
Total Time
1 hour
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Share the sweet joy of coconut with your friends and family. This mini version of coconut cake is great for any get together.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Category: Cakes
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Ingredients

for the Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup white cake mix
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

for the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup confectioners powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tbsps unsweetened coconut milk

Directions

Cake

  • Add coconut milk, egg, and coconut extract to a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly with a whisk.
  • Fold the white cake mix, baking powder, and coconut flakes into the wet ingredients with a spatula. Make sure to use ONLY 1 CUP of cake mix and do not use a whisk or an electric mixer for this part. Be careful not to over mix. You want the batter to remain somewhat lumpy.
  • Spray a small 6" x 2" cake pan or 3 cup bundt pan with the cooking spray (I recommend using coconut cooking spray) and spread a pinch of coconut flakes evenly along the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Pour the cake batter into the pan.
  • Tightly cover the cake pan with aluminum foil.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot and place the covered cake pan in the Instant Pot on the trivet.
  • Set the Instant Pot to 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' on High Pressure for 40 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time has completed, allow the pot to do a 15 minute NPR (natural pressure release).
  • After the pressure has been fully released and the pin has dropped, open the pot and carefully remove the cake from the pot.
  • Remove the foil from the cake pan, then place the cake on a cooling rack and allow the cake to cool.
  • After the cake has cooled, pour the glaze over the top of the cake to fully cover.

Glaze

  • Sift the ½ cup of confectioners powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, add the 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and mix until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 0.6% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 16.2% | Iron: 9.9%

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tools, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

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Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Instant Pot Coconut Mini Cake recipe your own.

Experiment with flavors. Try adding a ½ cup of drained, crushed pineapple to the cake batter to give it even more amazing flavor.

Top with cream cheese frosting. Forgo the glaze and top with cream cheese frosting instead. Nothing goes better with cake than cream cheese frosting.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ideas for serving your Instant Pot Coconut Mini Cake.

Add a scoop of ice cream. Make an extra special treat out of this cake by topping it with a scoop of ice cream. Vanilla ice cream, strawberry sherbert or pineapple sherbert all pair amazingly with this cake.

Serve with tea. Have some friends over for an afternoon tea and serve this coconut cake – they will love it!

Please let me know if you make this delicious Instant Pot Cake by leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to check out these other great Instant Pot cakes and desserts:

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  • Tonya says:

    Do you think it could be made using a homemade white cake recipe? We don’t like the boxed cake mixes much…

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Tonya! I had someone try it today with a homemade cake mix and she said it was a little dense. Please let me know if you try it, so I can share your results with anyone that asks. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dorothy says:

    I am not sure what a 3 cup bundt pan would equal — I’ve purchase my pans based on inches. How many inches would a 3 cup pan be? I have 6″, 7″, 9″ pans. Thx!

  • Donna says:

    Hi!

    Do you think this would work in a small angel food pan I bought for the IP?

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Donna! It should be about the same as a bundt pan. As long as it’s not too big you should be fine. If the pan has too much surface area it’s going to be a very short, compact, dense cake. Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out.

  • Rhonda says:

    Hi Valerie. I am intrigued. However, how would I adapt to the 3qt Lux machine? I am new to IP
    Thank you for the assistance.

  • Sandra Morrissey says:

    Isn’t 40 minutes for the little mini Bundt Cake way too much. I did a fresh strawberry cake for 27 minutes and it might have been a couple minutes too long. Because I know if you pressure them too long they become really dense and heavy

  • Judy says:

    I have to say this little bunt coconut cake is soooo good, quick and easy to. My first cake had to be coconut my hubby’s all time favourite. Try it you will be delighted.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Judy!! So happy to hear you enjoy this coconut cake! We love it around here as well! I appreciate you stopping by!

  • Jill U Yinger says:

    Do you think this recipe could be doubled? If so, would I need to increase the cooking time. I have a 6 qt. using a bundt pan.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Jill! You can definitely try but I never have so I can’t tell you an exact timing for it. You could make 2 cakes, one at a time as well. That’s what I would do. Do let me know if you try it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Ann says:

      Jill did you try doubling? I’m about to and just wondered…I have a 6-cup bundt pan the firs in my 6 quart instant pot—