The very thought that a cake can be baked in an air fryer surprises many people but it’s true. In an air fryer, not only you can bake a cake but can do any type of baking ranging from muffins to bread to cookies to Pies to tarts to footlongs to anything else that you want.

But today, we are talking only about cake. When making a cake, you can follow any recipe of your choice but have to pay attention only to the temperature and baking time. FAQs answered below will clear all your doubts related to this topic. In case, you still have some confusion then please feel free to message me and I will try to resolve it to the best of my knowledge.

Cake baked in an air fryer


Air fryer cake in lemon flavor


As air fryers are compact, they heat up quickly and thus the baking time is reduced considerably.

Lemon cake has been on my list for a long time and when I thought of making a cake especially for this post then this cake seemed to be a perfect choice. The recipe is very much the same as of Orange Blueberry Cake with the necessary swapping of flavorings.


Air Fryer Cake

Cake can be baked in the oven, microwave oven, microwave convection, gas stove as well as in air fryer. Of all the modes, the gas stove is the slowest whereas the microwave oven is the fastest. Air fryer cake is somewhere in between, it takes roughly half the time taken in the oven.

I make Orange Blueberry cake in microwave convection at 180 degrees C and it takes 40 to 45 minutes. And the lemon cake that I made today, which is exactly like Orange cake, got ready in exact 20 minutes and that too at 160 degrees C. Everything is the same in both the cakes except flavoring, but look at the difference in time, just half!



How To Make


Step By Step Recipe

Lemon cake ingredients

Take all the dry ingredients for lemon cake in a bowl

Make a well in the centre and all wet ingredients

consistency of cake batter

Lemon cake batter

Always do the toothpick test for an air fryer cake


Tips For Baking Cake in Air Fryer



Q) Can I bake a cake in the air fryer?

Of course yes! You can follow any cake recipe by making certain changes in the temperature and timing.


Q) What type of cake pan can I use in my air fryer?


Q) Can I use a steel bowl for making a cake in the air fryer?

Of course, Yes! You may use a regular steel bowl or Katori which is there in your kitchen for baking cake/muffins.


Q) How to bake a cake in an air fryer?


Q) At what temperature do I bake a cake in the air fryer?


Q) How much time does it take to bake a cake in the air fryer?


Q) How do I know that my cake is fully baked in the air fryer?


Q) Do I need to preheat the air fryer for baking cake?

Yes, this step is really important and cannot be ignored.


Q) How do I preheat my air fryer?


Q) Why is my cake uncooked from the center whereas the top is perfectly golden brown?


Q) How to take out Lemon Zest?

Grate lemons to extract its zest

Q) No vanilla essence is added in this recipe. Did you miss it?

Yes. When baking with aromatic fruits, I avoid vanilla essence as it hampers the natural aroma and flavor of fruits. This is the reason, I have not added it just like Strawberry Muffins, Orange cake.


Q) I do not have an air fryer. How can I bake this cake?

No worries! Bake it in microwave convection or oven or in a cooker. Once the batter is ready, bake it in any of the modes given.


Q) Any substitute for Khandsari sugar?

Use any sweetener of your choice, be it coconut sugar or brown sugar or jaggery powder or any other. If using jaggery powder then ensure to sift it first otherwise tiny grits in it may spoil the texture of the cake.


Q) Isn’t 1/4 cup lemon juice more for this recipe?

Not at all. It gives a mild lemony taste to the cake.


Q) Why do we wait for 15 minutes once the batter is ready?

This is because the bran and the germ present in the WWF get a chance to be hydrated and thus soften up. Read in detail in my post 5 Tips for Baking with Wheat flour


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Lemon Cake in Air Fryer

Half kg cake getting ready in just 20 minutes in air fryer
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Baked
Servings 500 g


My 1 Cup measures 240 ml

  • 1 Cup 130 g Wheat Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Khandsari Sugar Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger Optional
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Water


  • Take flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk well.
  • Add Khandsari sugar and again mix everything nicely with a whisk.
  • Make a well in the center and add oil, lemon zest, minced ginger, fresh lemon juice, and water.
  • Mix everything. The consistency of the batter should be slightly thick.
  • Keep the batter for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, start preheating the air fryer for 3 minutes at 160 degrees C.
  • Grease a 6'' pan and pour the batter into it.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed a little.
  • Wait for 5 to 7 minutes. Then loosen the sides with a knife and invert it on a wire rack.
  • Cut when completely cool.
  • Serve with love, tea is optional.
  • You can store this at room temperature for 3 to 4 days in winters otherwise in the refrigerator.


  1. I have used normal wheat flour which is used for making chapatis. You can use all-purpose flour too. But in that case, adjust the quantity of water.
  2. Do not add vanilla essence and do not skip lemon zest by any chance. This zest gives the real aroma to this cake.
  3. The quantity of water may vary slightly, from 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup, depending upon the flour used.  
  4. You need a 6″ cake pan for this recipe.
  5. Time may vary by 5 minutes, less or more, as each air fryer is different slightly. So keep a check from 15 minutes onwards by pulling the drawer and checking it.
  6. You can bake it in a pressure cooker also. For baking in the pressure cooker, check the details shared in the main post.
Keyword Air Fryer Cake, Vegan Cake


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