Instant Pot Buttermilk Pancake

This giant fluffy buttermilk pancake is cooked in the Instant Pot! It’s a fun and easy recipe to serve for weekend brunch.
photo of Buttermilk Pancake garnished with whipped cream and fresh berries

As we head into the holiday weekend, I wanted to share this fun and easy buttermilk pancake recipe. Plus, you guys know how much I love my Instant Pot. So much so that I’m giving one away! This post is not sponsored by anyone.

I previously shared a recipe for a Giant Instant Pot Pancake. It’s still one of my favorite recipes to make. That pancake is a Japanese-style rice cooker pancake made in the Instant Pot. This recipe is for a classic buttermilk pancake made in the Instant Pot.
close-up photo of Buttermilk Pancake
The cake is cooked in another cake pan inside the Instant Pot using the pot-in-pot method. The cake comes out super fluffy. Because the pancake isn’t cooked on the griddle, you won’t get the browned and crispy edges, but you do get an incredibly moist cake.
photo of a slice of Buttermilk Pancake on a white plate
Serve the cake with your favorite pancake toppings. I topped mine with lemon curd, fresh whipped cream, berries and powdered sugar.

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  • This pancake needs to be made in a springform cake pan and not a regular cake pan. I tested it in a regular 7-inch round cake pan and the cake was not able to rise properly.
  • I used the Instant Pot branded springform cake pan.* I’ve tested several springform cake pans and this one has been my favorite. The batter does not leak and the cake comes off very easily from the silicone sides. Because the sides are flexible, it is also easier to place into the Instant Pot and remove it from the Instant Pot.
  • I have only tested this recipe using the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6 Quart Version).* While this recipe should work with other versions of the Instant Pot, cooking times may vary. I purchased my pot 2 years ago. I recently became aware that they changed the exterior of this model. I have not yet been able to test to see if any other changes were made with the newer version that may affect cooking times as well.

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).
overhead photo of slices of Buttermilk Pancake
If you don’t own an Instant Pot, you can also try my baked version here.

Recipe is now updated with video! You can find all my recipe videos on my youtube channel as well.

Instant Pot Buttermilk Pancake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
A giant fluffy buttermilk pancake that is cooked in the Instant Pot! This makes an easy and fun weekend brunch dish. 

Ingredients:

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • tbsp sugar
  • 3/4  tsp baking powder
  • 3/4  tsp  baking soda
  • 1 1/4  cups  buttermilk
  • large egg
  • 1 1/2 tbsp canola oil

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk until well combined. Add in buttermilk, eggs and oil. Whisk until only small lumps remain. Be careful not to over-mix the batter.
  2. Grease the interior of a 7-inch springform cake pan. I recommend using the Instant Pot branded one. Pour batter into pan and scrape sides of bowl to make sure all the batter gets into the pan.
  3. Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Insert trivet that comes with Instant Pot. Carefully place cake pan on top of trivet. Seal your Instant Pot.
  4. Set your Instant Pot to cook on low pressure for 17 minutes. Once Instant Pot is finished cooking, do a quick release.
  5. The surface of your cake will have condensation when you first open your Instant Pot. The batter should be cooked and when you press down on the surface, the cake should not sink in. Don't worry about the moisture on the surface because it will dry after a few minutes.
  6. Carefully remove the cake from the pan. Allow the cake to cool a few minutes and let the surface to dry.
  7. Top cake with your favorite pancake toppings. Slice and serve.

Notes:

  • If you don't own an Instant Pot, I have a baked version here.
  • This pancake needs to be made in a springform cake pan and not a regular cake pan. I tested it in a regular 7-inch round cake pan and the cake was not able to rise properly.
  • I used the Instant Pot branded springform cake pan.* I've tested several springform cake pans and this one has been my favorite. The batter does not leak and the cake comes off very easily from the silicone sides. Because the sides are flexible, it is also easier to place into the Instant Pot and remove it from the Instant Pot.
  • I have only tested this recipe using the Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker (6 Quart Version).* While this recipe should work with other versions of the Instant Pot, cooking times may vary. I purchased my pot 2 years ago. I recently became aware that they changed the exterior of this model. I have not yet been able to test to see if any other changes were made with the newer version that may affect cooking times as well.
  • Nutrition estimates are for six servings.
  • *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Buttermilk Pancake
Amount Per Serving (0.17 g)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1.7g 9%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.3g
Cholesterol 37.8mg 13%
Sodium 274.2mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 28.3g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 9.2g
Protein 5.4g 11%
Vitamin A 5%
Calcium 12%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

And now onto the giveaway. I am hosting a giveaway for one Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker. Follow the directions below to enter. Please note, this giveaway will only be open to readers based in the US.

Instant Pot Buttermilk Pancake. A giant buttermilk pancake cooked in the Instant. It's a fun and easy brunch recipe!

4 comments on “Instant Pot Buttermilk Pancake”

  1. I’m going to have to try this next time! I wanted to make pancakes a couple weekends ago but ended up making French toast instead. It’s interesting how different it looks cooked in the instapot.

  2. Ivan this be cooked directly in the bottom of the instant pot? I saw a video on YouTube that showed it that way, cooked for 45 min on manual. Is that correct? 

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