This 3 ingredient easy Instant Pot dump cake with apple pie filling is delicious! Just dump it in with cake mix and top with ice cream when it’s done. The perfect little pressure cooker dessert you’re whole family will enjoy.
This easy Instant Pot dump cake can be made with any fruit pie filling you like. We chose apple and it came out amazing! Now this is one of our favorite dessert Instant Pot recipes we’ve made, you can make it in any brand of pressure cooker you might have at home. 😉 (originally published 7/17, affiliate links present)
Ninja Foodi Dump Cake
If you’ve never made a dump cake it means just that. You mix together a few ingredients, dump in your pie filling, cook and enjoy! We recently used white cake mix with blueberry pie filling and those flavors are delicious too. You can do the same thing below in your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi too.
Over the years we have tweaked this a time and again. I will say that apple is very much our favorite but of course the options are pretty endless. If you have a springform pan and really are craving something deep you can give our pudding cake a whirl too.
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- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and a set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot Apple Dump Cake
When cooking this easy Instant Pot dump cake dessert it does rise a bit so when you put the foil on top try to dome it so it doesn’t stick.
- Oven safe cake pan or dish & trivet to cook this using the PIP method
- Pie filling – really the best is apple or cherry pie filling
- Box of cake mix – best one has been spice cake mix
- homemade yellow cake mix works too
I will either spray the inside of the foil with nonstick spray or use non stick aluminum foil if I have it on hand. If you don’t have it it isn’t a deal breaker. It will just stick slightly to the top where the foil meets the dump cake. We topped it off with scoops with vanilla ice cream which slowly melted and added even more flavor. It’s pretty amazing….
The apple pie filling has quite a bit of moisture to it so unlike our traditional dump cake recipe I used an egg instead of butter.
Dump cake in Instant Pot
As with any easy dump cake it is NOT dry at all and continues to cook while it is cooling. So if it looks a bit wet when it comes out not to worry. It will be perfect when it’s cooled.
We have also used yellow cake mix + a can of apple pie filling as seen below. It comes out a looser consistency than the spice cake mix and takes a bit longer too.
We have tested this recipe in different pans and with a variety of mixes and the one in the recipe card is best!
Instant Pot dump cake
I have made this right in the pot as you see in this video but some said they had some issues with it getting stuck so the one below is using the pot in pot method. You could spray a bit of cooking spray inside your dish before adding the ingredients. This will help with clean up later. Whipped cream or ice cream works for the top of the cake if you wish, it’s plenty sweet as is though.
- In a bowl, pour your cake mix in with 1 egg and mix together, then add pie filling and fold together so it is combined well.
- Pour 1.5 cups of water into your Instant Pot and put a trivet at the bottom of your pot. Spray your oven safe bowl with non stick spray and dump your dump cake mixture into your dish.
- Cover that with foil (can spray underside of foil with non stick spray to avoid sticking as well, I do) and make a sling out of foil to lower it on to your trivet inside your Instant Pot.
- Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to: manual, pressure cook, high, set the timer for a 28 minutes cook time. Do a natural release.
- Take out, remove foil, and let stand for 5-10 minutes on a cooling rack so it can stiffen up and settle. Serve topped with ice cream!
Tips to remember are: allow the steam to naturally vs. a quick release. This will allow the cake to continue cooking and not fall. It needs a bit of time to stiffen and settle in too so allow some time to rest once it’s done.
We never have leftovers but if you did you could put foil over the top and put into the fridge. Enjoy it within the next 2 days or so for optimal results and taste.
Not in order to serve it, most times they’re served warm.
Leftover boxed cake mix recipes should reach room temperature and then stored in an airtight container in your fridge though.
If you love this but would rather use fresh apples you should try our Instant Pot apple crisp that tastes similar but uses all fresh ingredients. When you’re done making this you should try our other Instant Pot dessert recipes
- Instant Pot cake
- Our pressure cooker donuts are so fun
- We have a list of other easy dump cake recipes using fruit filling ideas of all kinds, instructions here are for the oven too
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Instant Pot Dump Cake
- 1 c cake mix
- 1.5 c pie filling
- 1 egg
- Pour your cake mix in with 1 egg and mix together, then add pie filling and fold together so it is combined well.
- Pour 1.5 c of water into your Instant Pot and put a trivet at the bottom of your pot.
- Spray your oven safe bowl with non stick spray and dump your dump cake mixture into your dish, cover that with foil (can spray underside of foil with non stick spray to avoid sticking as well, I do) and make a sling out of foil to lower it on to your trivet inside your Instant Pot.
- Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to: manual, pressure, high, for 28 minutes. Do a natural release.
- Take out, remove foil, and let stand for 5-10 minutes on a cooling rack so it can stiffen up and settle.
- Serve topped with ice cream!
Saturday 26th of December 2020
This blog is so disjointed and hard to follow. Not enough detail, way too much advertising.
Wednesday 12th of August 2020
Good morning! This recipe looks wonderful. Would a springform pan meant for a 6 quart IP work? I will use a gluten free yellow cake mix as I have never seen a GF spice cake mix. I was wondering what spices to add and how much of each. We like a lot of spice in our desserts! I will try apple first but cherry sounds yummy too! :-)
Tuesday 17th of March 2020
I used 1 cup of ALDI gluten free yellow cake mix and it came out wonderful...
Tuesday 2nd of April 2019
Recipe looks great and super easy! I can’t wait to try it. I’m fairly new to the IP world but get confused with posted cook times. This recipe shows 10 minutes prep, 25 minutes cook and total time of 32 minutes... The recipe instructions indicate a high pressure cook time of 28 and a natural release. Based on some of my previous cooks it would be more like....10 minutes prep, 28minutes, minimum 10 minutes for NPR and not even considering heat up time to get to pressure. It looks like I would need to plan on at least an hour from start to finish on this one. In general, what is the “Total Time” in recipes supposed to represent? Are there some basic assumptions that I’m missing? When planning a meal this becomes very important. Keep up the great recipes!!!
Sunday 30th of December 2018
I noticed this is 1 c cake and 1.5 c fruit filling. (NOT a whole cake mix nor a whole can of filling) Notes say this amt is too much for a 7 X 3" which is what fits my 6 qt IP....what size pan in cups did you use. Nowhere does this recipe give me a clue what size or type dish/pan to use. Help please.
Sunday 30th of December 2018
Yes. There is a link above in what you need that says oven safe dish. It takes you to the 24 oz dish I use.