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Air Fryer, Old Fashioned Sugar Cake

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 14
  • Total Time: 24
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


This is such an easy cake. My kids loved it, they each had their own individual cakes, which both my kids loved. Easy and delcious.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Start by creaming the milk and vegetable shortening together.
  2. Mix in the vanilla, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and egg whites.
  3. Mix well.
  4. In a small cast iron pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil, pour in the batter. Place the pan in your air fryer basket.
  5. Set your time to 9 minutes at 330 degrees F. This will cook your cake at a nice low temperature; baking, in my experience, requires a lower temperature to cook all the way through.
  6. Then increase the temperature to 360 F degrees F for 5 minutes. This will give you the golden color of cakes. NOTE: the exact time will depend on the batter’s amount in your pan and your air fryer; baking requires you to watch it and adjust the times accordingly.
  7. Remove from the air fryer basket. Let cool.
  8. I frosted it with chocolate frosting and some sprinkles. Traditionally it is served with confectionary sugar-dusted across the cake.

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