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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.

Special Tools

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Set your Instant Pot to cook on low pressure for 17 minutes. Once Instant Pot is finished cooking, do a quick release.
  • 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.
  • Carefully remove the cake from the pan. Allow the cake to cool a few minutes and let the surface to dry.
  • 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

Serving: 0.17g, Calories: 197kcal, Carbohydrates: 28.3g, Protein: 5.4g, Fat: 6.9g, Saturated Fat: 1.7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3g, Cholesterol: 37.8mg, Sodium: 274.2mg, Fiber: 0.8g, Sugar: 9.2g, Vitamin A: 250IU, Calcium: 120mg, Iron: 1.6mg, Net Carbs: 28g

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.

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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.

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14 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? 

  3. This pancake turned out soft and delicious! I will have to cook it a little longer as there was a thin section that was undercooked. Very tasty with maple syrup. Was just as good several days later.

  4. Have a keto version?

  5. I’m a new Instant Pot owner and I must be doing something wrong with this recipe. After 17 min low pressure and normal temperature it’s a quivering lump of uncooked batter inside a thin skin. 8 min more and the top is easily pushed in, after another 8 minutes the top was firm, but it was undercooked inside. Put the two halves back in for another 16 minutes then gave up, it still wasn’t cooked and it was turning an unappetizing color.  The vent was sealed during all cooking. 

    Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1
    Instant Pot springform cake pan

    • Hi there. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble getting this recipe to cook. I looked up your IP model. It looks like your model does not have a manual button so instead you need to use the pressure cook button to set a custom time. You mentioned your temperature setting. I wonder if you were cooking in slow cooker mode? Because there is no way to select a temperature setting when you are in pressure cook mode. This would definitely explain why your cake didn’t cook correctly. I hope this helps

      • I did use the pressure cook button to set the time. When it’s cooking at low pressure the digital readout says the temp is normal, I can’t change that. 

      • Hmm, I’m sorry but I’m not sure why yours didn’t cook then. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  6. Going to give this a try in my pot in pot method , then use the mealthy browning lid. Wish me luck!

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