Air Fryer Chocolate Cake

When is baking a cake not baking a cake? (I know…this sounds like one of Sam’s homemade jokes—but it’s not!)

The answer: When you use a Philips Airfryer to make a cake—because you don’t need an oven.

I recently made not-fried, fried chicken and then I shared with you how I made not-fried, fried potatoes (healthy frying with almost no oil). So I had to follow it up with an air-baked chocolate cake.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I didn’t know how to make a chocolate cake in an Airfryer, but it came out moist and delicious!

The recipe I used to prepare this mound of chocolate delight is quite similar to a cake recipe that’s cooked in an oven, but the air bake temperature is a lot lower.

This is a very simple recipe. I really am working on creating healthy and fast recipes. After all, my life is hectic and I just bought an Air Fryer to get my family eating at home more and meanwhile saving calories and money. This is the Air Fryer I own. I have really liked it. It’s simple…which is important to me.

Today, I am showing you a basic recipe for making a cake in the Air Fryer. This is a base recipe, meaning if you swap out the flavors and get hundred more recipes, for cakes.


  • 3 eggs
  • 125ml sour cream
  • 150g flour
  • 150g castor sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla essence


  • 150g chocolate
  • 50g unsalted butter, soft
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 5ml (1tsp) vanilla essence


  1. Preheat Philips Airfryer to 160°C.
  2. Place all the cake ingredients into a food processor and mix well. Transfer to the oven dish.
  3. Place the oven dish into the basket of the Philips Airfryer. Slide the basket into the Philips Airfryer and set the timer for 25 minutes. Once the time is up and the timer rings, prick the cake with a wooden skewer or fork. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked through. If it’s still sticky, place the cake back into the Philips Airfryer and set the timer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the dish from the basket and leave the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate au bain marie or in the microwave. Leave to cool a little, then mix all of the icing ingredients together.
  6. Remove the cooled cake from the oven dish and place it onto a plate. Cover with the chocolate icing and serve.

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