This 3 ingredient easy Instant Pot dump cake is delicious and can be made with any fruit filling! 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 but we chose apple and it came out amazing! If you’ve never made a dump cake it means just that. You mix together two ingredients, dump in your pie filling, your mixture, cook and enjoy! We recently made these crockpot blueberry cobbler in mason jar desserts using the same idea and blueberry is delicious too. Now this is one of our favorite dessert Instant Pot recipes we’ve made, you could make it in a pressure cooker too. 😉 (affiliate links present, originally published 7/17)
This is all you need to make Instant Pot dump cake
- Pot & trivet to cook this using the PIP method (I have this set & I use the large pot for this – says for air fryers but works for IP too)
- Pie filling (we used apple )
- Box of cake mix (we used spice cake mix for the Fall but any kind works)
The cake mix creates a moist cobbler like texture, but softer than if you used the same recipe in the oven. When cooking this easy Instant Pot dump cake dessert it does not rise a lot but that that is traditionally the texture and denseness of a dump cake in general. 22 minutes was perfect to cook it just enough to create a warm apple pie like treat (as you see below). We topped off our scoops with vanilla ice cream which slowly melted and added even more flavor.
The apple pie filling has quite a bit of moisture to it so unlike our traditional crockpot dump cake recipe (there are directions there on how to make it in the oven too) we’ve made often, I found that I needed less butter for this Instant Pot dessert. I have made it in the pot without using the PIP technique but others stated they got the “burn” notice on their machine so I made it using the pot in pot (pip) method as well. It rises quite a bit more in a pot like you see here below and depending on how “done” you like it you could leave it in from 25-30 minutes. We have done it in 25 minutes and really enjoyed it but we also like a looser consistency so it is really up to you. If you try 25 minutes and would like it a bit more firm you can always look, then just put back in for an additional 5 minutes, it won’t hurt anything.
We used yellow cake mix and a can of apple pie filling for the one below and spice cake for the one above. Use what you like, it will work the same with pie filling and cake mix.
If you love this but would rather use fresh apples you should try our crockpot apple crisp that tastes similar but uses all fresh ingredients. If I am in a hurry I can whip this together and it is enough for all 5 of us to have a warm dessert. Let us know what you think!
This 3 ingredient easy Instant Pot dump cake is delicious and can be made with any fruit filling! 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.
- 2 c cake mix (any flavor you like)
- 1 can pie filling (we used apple)
- 3 tbsp butter
Melt your butter and add to a bowl with your cake mix.
Stir until combined but it will still be a bit clumpy.
Pour your can of pie filling into your bowl with your cake mix "batter" and mix until combined.
Pour your cake mixture into your pot and cover with foil. Pour 2 c of water into your Instant Pot and lower your cake mix filled pot on to a trivet.
Put lid on, close steam valve, and set to: manual, pressure, high, for 25 minutes (if you don't want a super loose cake consistency set to 30 min) .
Do a natural release.
Let stand for 5-10 minutes so it can stiffen up and settle. (it will be a loose consistency overall, that is the nature of a dump cake).
Serve topped with ice cream!
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